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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Yellowstone Park (Page 10)

Yellowstone Park 10-13-12

Hebgen Lake browns and rainbows are in the Madison River now. Water temperature is around 50 Deg. F. , and when it drops into the mid and lower forties fishing will improve.  Go after these fish with streamer patterns.  Expect more action on cloudy or stormy days when fish may migrate through shallower water. On bright days they tend to seek the cover of deep holes and runs.  Try nymph rigs if you want to get into more juveniles and whitefish.  If river otters show up, like they did during our visit, find a new place on the river to fish!

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Yellowstone Park 10-6-12

You could say this is the “browns and BWO with some ‘bows thrown in” season.  Browns are beginning their fall migration in such as the Lewis , Madison, Gibbon, and Yellowstone rivers and Duck Creek.  Runs in the Gardner and Snake rivers will come a bit later.  Rainbows are running up the Madison River from Hebgen Lake and are actively rising to BWOs in the Firehole River. Meadow streams still offer fishing with terrestrial patterns. Elk are bugling, geese are honking, wolves are howling, and remaining coyotes are yipping. Those noises sure beat the motorized variety. On top of all this crowds are down on most waters.  So it is a great time to be fishing in the Park.

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Yellowstone Park 9-18-12

Some storms were in the area this last weekend, and we got some reports of good responses to Firehole BWOs during overcast conditions. Other than that, terrestrial patterns most likely are your best bet during daytime. With a bright atmosphere one must be stealthy, so long floats especially to the opposite bank, fly first would be the best strategy on such crystal clear waters as Slough Creek,  Soda Butte Creek,  Bechler River, Fall River, and Boundary Creek.  Other choices for good fishing would be the morning trico mating-spinner fall activity on many of the Park waters or  early or late in the day streamer fishing in waters where brown trout are stocking up and beginning spawning migrations.

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Yellowstone Park 9-15-12

Air temperatures drop into the teens during night time now. That’s the reason for fishing picking up on the Firehole River.  That drop in temperature also helps convince browns and ‘bows to leave Hebgen lake to spawn. So the gulpers are gone for the year there, and the bigger ones now are more interested in heading up the Madison, the South Fork of the Madison, Cougar, Duck, and Grayling creeks.  That means you need streamer pattens for the best chance to meet them.

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Yellowstone Park 9-11-12

If you are a Firehole River fan the cooling temperatures are just the ticket.  Look for BWOs there to begin emerging in good numbers, and with cooler water fish will respond.   Streamer fishing will also pick up all through the Park, especially where browns are moving.   Terrestrial insects remain in good numbers, but with hard frosts not far away their importance will soon diminish. So enjoy the last few weeks of big trout exploding on your hopper, beetle and ant patterns.

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Yellowstone Park 9-8-12

Browns have begun their migration out of Hebgen Lake into the Madison River and on up to spawning grounds in the Gibbon and lower Firehole rivers. The same will soon begin on Lewis River Channel and the Yellowstone  River. So break out the streamer patterns.  Cooling weather is beginning to improve fishing success on the Firehole River.  Trico activity is making for good fishing along the Madison River and in Fall River Basin.   So keep those trico patterns handy for a while.

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Yellowstone Park 9-4-12

Word has it that Hebgen Lake browns are coming into the Madison River above.  Now that it and other rivers in the drainage above are open, look for good fishing in the AM with trico spinners and egg layers followed by fishing with terrestrial patterns.  The Gibbon River will likely be better fishing than the Firehole River until further cooling takes place.   Tricos in the AM, terrestrial patterns later in the day and an increasing use of streamers is a good general strategy for fishing the Park this time of the season.

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Yellowstone Park 9-1-12

Big news here is that the Park has lifted fishing restrictions on the Firehole and Gibbon rivers below their  falls and on the Madison River.   With days shortening and cooling, water temps have come down to levels better for hosting salmonids.  You can now enjoy trout feeding during AM trico hatches and spinner falls as well as presenting terrestrial patterns during day time on these waters previously closed  most of the day.

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Yellowstone Park 8-28-12

Terrestrials and tricos are bringing action on many Park streams. One of the best trico emergences anywhere is in the lower Bechler Meadows around the Boundary Creek confluence.  You will need to start walking in at first light or camp nearby to enjoy it until around noon. When the emergence is is over, take out the terrestrial patterns and go into the meadow above to see if your fly fishing abilities are up to par.

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Yellowstone Park 8-25-12

Thundershowers are predicted for this weekend.  If they happen, look for fishing on most streams to pick up.  Only “fly in the ointment” would be a shower with a direct hit on stream side formations with a tendency to erode and slough into the stream. This happens on the Lamar and Snake rivers frequently during big showers.  Go with tricos for early morning action, and switch to terrestrial patterns around mid day for most streams.

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