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

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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Yellowstone Park 8-21-12

Trico emergences are making for good early in the day fishing on the Madison River and on Fall River Basin streams. It all ends before noon. After that, switch to terrestrial patterns and hope for a cumulus build-up.  The Gallatin River along Highway 191 is fishing very well  if you can find a spot in a pull-out. Early AM trico activity is good.  Afterwards a switch to terrestrial and traditional attractor patterns works.  Later in the day, switch over to dry caddis patterns. The same will work on nearby Grayling Creek, and fewer  folks will be fishing there.

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Yellowstone Park 8-18-12

Tricos are beginning to show in good numbers on many waters making for early AM action.  But presenting terrestrial patterns during daytime remains the best way to get action.  Days with cumulus build-up will offer best  chances.  So will fishing around overhead cover and near well vegetated banks.

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