South Fork & Henry's Fork Fishing Reports

Contact us for up to the minute fishing reports and conditions.
208-524-7160
Top

Yellowstone Park

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Yellowstone Park (Page 12)

Yellowstone Park 7-17-12

Currently best time for fishing success on many streams here are days when thundershowers threaten.  Bright, cloudless days hinder insect activity and also provide reduced cover in the clearer, slower flowing streams. This is particularly true for meadow reaches of such as Slough Creek, Lamar River, Madison River, Gibbon River, and Fall River Basin streams. For best chances of fishing success, observe weather reports for the day you intend to fish.  Look for increased chances for cloud cover and showers, and go prepared for these.  Where’s the fastest fishing in the Park right now?  For still waters my bet is on such as Beula Lake and Riddle Lake.  For streams I would suggest Boundary Creek and the timbered reaches of Slough Creek, Bechler River, and Fall River.  Get in touch with us for particulars on fishing these.

Share

Yellowstone Park 7-14-12

Cloudy wind free days like today bring out mayflies big time.  Now is the time to be on Fall River Basin streams, Slough Creek, Lamar River, Yellowstone River below the lake, and Lewis River Channel.  Beula Lake is producing well with damselflies and speckled duns continuing to hatch and bring action.  Pelican Creek opens for fishing tomorrow, but don’t expect the number of cutts we had returning downstream back in the 1990s.

Share

Yellowstone Park 7-10-12

All waters are in or nearing top shape. Exceptions are the Firehole and Madison rivers and Trout Lake. Leave the Firehole alone until September, Trout Lake until late October, and visit the Madison early in the AM (spinner falls) or in the evening (caddis activity).  Fall River Basin streams are in ideal shape for dry fly fishing with PMD and sally activity beginning in early afternoon hours.  Brown drakes take over in the evening and one or two green drakes appear when water temps get to the low 50s in degrees F.  Beula Lake offers the fastest still water fishing in the Park with its damselfly and speckled dun populations hatching.   Add PM caddis coming down the inlet and fish there are responding mightily.  Slough Creek brown drakes are coming on, so an evening visit there is a good idea.  Grebe and Cascade lakes (both host grayling) offer similar fishing to Beula Lake.  Fishing in Shoshone Lake will slow as waters warm.

Share

Yellowstone Park 7-7-12

Good reports are coming in from Beula Lake where small beadhead and damselfly nymphs are producing.  The Firehole River is done for good fishing until September.  Some PMDs and lots’a caddis remain on the Madison River for evening fishing.  Some evening brown drakes remain on Duck Creek and meadow reaches of the Gibbon River. Fall River Basin streams are shaping up with run-off about finished.  Look for their green and brown drakes to begin emerging.  Right now PMDs and sallies are just beginning to bring surface feeders on all Basin streams.  The Gallatin river is also free of run-off and giving good PM fishing with active caddis and some golden stones.

Share

Yellowstone Park 7-3-12

With the Firehole River warming up, everything else is shaping up. Caddis and PMDs (AM spinners, mid day to afternoon emergence) are making the Madison River in the Park a destination. Brown Drakes on the Gibbon River meadow reaches and on Duck Creek should be on your “to go” list for evening fishing. Green drakes are coming off in the meadow reaches of the Lewis River, below and above Lewis Lake.  The Ashton-Flagg Road is open giving access to Beula Lake.  Fall River Basin streams remain high because of snow pack remaining on Madison and Pitchstone plateaus.  A bunch of us carried float tubes down Delacey Trail to Shoshone Lake last Saturday. Getting out on the lake in those tubes was a blast with juvenile macks, browns and brookies responding to small leech patterns presented on full sink lines.  We had to place to ourselves!

Share

Yellowstone Park 6-29-12

Run-off is peaking here. Fall River Basin is about a week or so away from worthwhile fishing. The Ashton-Flagg Road opens Sunday meaning access to Beula Lake from the west will be good.  A lot of activities will impact where you decide go fishing in the days to come in Yellowstone Park.  Brown drakes will emerge in great numbers from  meadow reaches of Duck Creek and the Gibbon River.  After walking a few miles, Shoshone Lake offers juvenile lake trout and some “knock your socks off” browns.  Lewis River between Shoshone and Lewis lakes offers even more great browns. Heart Lake Basin opens to fishing on Sunday. After an eight mile walk you can get into some of the best cutthroat trout left on earth.  Madison River PMDs and caddis are bringing action. Look for the Firehole River to slow down as the summer warms up.  Contact us for more information on fishing the Park.

Share

Yellowstone Park 6-26-12

Still a lot of run-off coming down Fall River Basin streams.  Firehole River still fishing good (PMDs, white millers, other caddis), but warming up.  PMDs and caddis are bringing action on the Madison River. Look for brown drakes soon making for great evening fishing on Duck Creek and meadow reaches of the upper Gibbon River.  Shoshone Lake is rewarding anglers who venture out to its weed beds with juvenile lake trout and some terrific browns.   Better hurry if you want to enjoy some huge cut-bow hybrids in Trout Lake. It”ll begin warming soon and fish will become less active.

Share

Yellowstone Park 6-23-12

Shoshone and Lewis lakes are fishing very well for those using boats. Look for weed beds and use full sink lines to present small leech patterns or lead-free fly rod jigs there.   Firehole River is still a great location for life cycle PMD and BWO patterns. Don’t overlook white miller patterns.   Madison River PMDs are attracting fish, too. Trout Lake is open now and should remain good fishing for another week or two.  Here is your chance to encounter the biggest cut-bow hybrids in the Park. Fall River Basin streams will be better fishing when run-off leaves in a week or so.

Share

Yellowstone Park 6-9-12

The Firehole River continues to be a great destination this time of the season. White millers are bringing up fish , but so are caddis, midges, BWOs, and PMDs.  That means take life cycle patterns for all of these. Expect to see a good number of folks fishing around the traditional hot spots, too.  Fishing hot spots, that is! Duck Creek with its big rainbows and browns also remains good fishing, but wooly bugger types and bead head nymphs will bring best chances for action. Run-off progress will determine when such as Fall River Basin, Slough Creek, Snake River,  and the Lamar River become worth a visit.

Share

Yellowstone Park 6-5-12

Madison River drainage remains the best fishing. Warm weather has put run-off in most other streams.  That means Fall River Basin streams, Snake River, Gallatin River, Lamar River and their drainages.  Lewis River is an exception.  With an eye on the weather one can get into some great streamer fishing this time of year on the channel between Lewis and Shoshone lakes. If you are a Fall River Basin fan the Ashton-Flagg Road remains closed and likely will be so for about two weeks. We will keep on top of this and report here when it opens.

Share