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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Yellowstone Park (Page 11)

Yellowstone Park 10-23-12

Once again weather becomes important in your plans to fish Park waters.  Little of the Park is under six thousand feet in elevation, thus a nice day at four thousand feet in elevation doesn’t mean the same at six or seven thousand feet.  So go prepared with warm clothing including a shell to protect from precipitation and rest assured that will be no more wet wading this year!  Streamer fishing for migrating browns and rainbows and foraging cutthroat will get you into the biggest fish, but BWOs emerging from the Firehole River will make a visit for the top water enthusiast worth considering.

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Yellowstone Park 10-20-12

Brown trout migration is the major Park fishing attraction this time of year, and there are several choice for enjoying this event.  My long-time favorites are the Beaver Meadows of the Madison River and the Lewis River above and below Lewis Lake.  On both of these large streamers are the key, with some in bright and some in somber colors.  Low light conditions are usually best in both places.  Fish in the smaller Lewis River can be stressed more easily, so the best time to fish it is mainly from first light until mid morning when visiting anglers begin to accumulate.   The number of brown trout migrating in this system is the largest  in the Park.  In the larger Beaver Meadows reach of the Madison River, I have had days where good luck lasts the entire day, so long as I fish deep.  But do not restrict your visits to these locations. The run of Yellowstone  River browns into the Gardner River and that of browns into the Snake River above the South Entrance,  are now in progress.  So are runs in Duck Creek, Grayling Creek and into the Gibbon River.  So you don’t like pitching streamer patterns this tome of year?  Try presenting BWO life cycle patterns during afternoon visits to the Firehole River.

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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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