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Yellowstone Park 6-22-13

We fished the river in Bechler Meadows Thursday.  Purple camas bloom is at its peak.  Fishing was tough considering the effort we put in.  Water is quite low for this time of year, but some fish responded to wet flies.  Good dry fly fishing should begin soon beginning with isoperla and PMD activity.  Hopefully green drakes and brown drakes will appear next.  And yes, mosquitoes are out in the usual good numbers making DEET a valuable commodity.  Bring  a raincoat because t-showers are common this time of year. We were hit by one that dropped air temps about 25 deg. F and made rain go sideways.   So glad I was wearing a pair of Simms Goretex Pac-Lite pants to ward off wind and rain.  What a terrific product for when weather acts up!   Come in and look these over.

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Yellowstone Park 6-18-13

We will be in Bechler Meadows tomorrow, so expect a report on the results of fishing the river. Right now run-off is leaving all Fall River Basin streams, so we will be looking for the emergence  sequence beginning with isoperla stoneflies, PMDs, green drakes and on to brown drakes.  The Ashton Forest Service Office tells us the Flagg Ranch Road is open at least to the Targhee, Bridger-Teton National Forest border at the far end of Grassy Lake.  Now it is possible to walk into Beula Lake to enjoy cutts responding to damselflies.

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Yellowstone Park 6-15-13

We packed float tubes down DeLacey Creek trail to Shoshone Lake two days ago and were met by eager juvenile lake trout trout that would not quit hitting.  A few good sized (up to 15″) brookies joined in, but the browns did not.  If you are looking for back country fly-fishing that is sure to produce  a great experience, and this  big lake offers it, here is what you need: good enough physical shape to back-pack a float tube, fins, INSULATED waders, fly-fishing gear, raincoat, etc., six miles round trip.  Here’s what works: get out in the lake and present small leech (black in size 10 is best) or scud patterns (orange in size 14 is best) on top of weed beds through using a full sink line. The lake trout average 17-21″ and in the cold (47 Deg. F.) water put up a credible fight.   The Park Service encourages keeping these fish, but carrying out five fish this size makes the walk out  tougher.  So  take out the results of using that filet knife, and put the rest back in the lake.  Elsewhere in the Park, fishing on the Firehole River is holding up very well (see our last report on fishing Yellowstone Park waters).  PMDs are making great PM fishing on the Madison River, and a few golden stones are showing up there. Run-off is beginning to leave Fall River Basin streams.  Streams in the northeast corner of the Park are high but beginning to drop in flow.

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Yellowstone Park 6-11-13

Warm weather is melting snow on Pitchstone and Madison Plateaus. This means flow into Fall River Basin streams is increasing.  Ice has been off Shoshone and Lewis Lakes for weeks. We will be packing float tubes down the DeLacey Trail to Shoshone Lake in a few days (hoping for some of those gorgeous browns, but sure to get into juvenile macks), so look for a report on fishing there afterwards.   Lewis River between Shoshone and Lewis Lakes is a great choice now for fishing streamers.  Firehole River is warming up, but fishing remains good as related in our June 8th report.  Same with Duck and Cougar Creeks.  U.S. Forest Service Ashton Office recommends only four-wheel drive vehicles from bottom of Calf Creek Hill east on the Flagg Ranch Road.

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Yellowstone Park 6-8-13

Firehole River is still producing  with BWO, Caddis and White Miller patterns presented, but lots’a of fly-fishers are present. Duck Creek remains good, challenging fishing with small leech patterns and any thing resembling a worm cluster.  Tough-to-fish, little Cougar Creek offers some good fishing if you do not mind bushwhacking.  Fall River Basin streams will have added run-off with this warming weather, but when run-off is over look for some great fishing.

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Yellowstone Park 6-1-13

Fish responding to BWO, caddisfly, and white miller hatches make the Firehole River the star of the show here. Water is lower than normal meaning that the river will warm up quickly as we pass through June. So go enjoy the action on this beautiful river ASAP.   Duck Creek is producing big rainbows,  a few big browns and some brookies.  But this great small stream will challenge the heck out of you.  If you do not like presenting  streamer patterns, try a dragonfly nymph pattern or your favorite nymph pattern under an indicator.  Bring all the stealth you possess!

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Yellowstone Park 5-25-13

Yellowstone Park’s fishing season opens today, so it is time to pass on some information on fishing there this time of year. The Firehole River will be the stream drawing the most attention for a while with  legendary BWO and caddis activity  (Don’t overlook presenting  dragonfly and damselfly nymph patterns on slower reaches).   Gibbon River, Duck and Cougar creeks are in fishing condition.  The Madison River will host a few Hebgen Lake rainbows heading home, but better fishing days there are around the corner.   The Ashton-Flagg Road will not open until the end of June, so those great fisheries east of Calf Creek Hill along the Park’s south boundary are not accessible until then. You can walk  into Bechler Meadows and even fish some of Fall River Meadows, but high water will limit you big time.  The best days fishing in the Park are ahead, and we will keep you well informed of their arrival and progress on this web site.

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Yellowstone Park 10-30-12

Last day of the fishing season here is November 4th.  A few days remain to enjoy browns migrating in the Madison, Lewis, Snake, and Gardner river systems.  Big streamers and bugger types work well them.  It’s a good idea to check the Park web site to observe road and weather conditions before traveling into the interior here.

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Yellowstone Park 10-27-12

The Park has closed several roads because of recent snows.  If you are planning a trip to the Park’s interior, it is a good idea to check its web site for road closures and weather forecasts.  Such as the Madison River along the West Entrance Highway and around Baker’s Hole remain accessible, as does Duck and Grayling  creeks and the Gallatin River. On the south side of the Park the Snake River, featuring a late season brown trout run, is accessible.  For all these streamer fishing is the name of the game.

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