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Yellowstone Park 9-6-2011

We can’t help placing this link here because it relates a piece of success in turning Yellowstone Lake back to the cutthroat trout refuge it should be and the source of food for so much wildlife that depends on that presence.  Take a look at Jeff’s Journal: “A Bright New Day for Cutthroat” on the front page of the Greater Yellowstone News for August 31st, 2011.

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Yellowstone Park 9-1-2011

Tricos are showing up on the Madison River, so consider it along the West Entrance Road and around Baker’s Hole for early AM fishing.  Tricos are also beginning to show up on Fall River Basin streams. But on all Park streams, terrestrial patterns will be best bets for mid day fishing.

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Yellowstone Park 8-26-2011

It’s almost a blanket statement for all Park streams, but it is true: now is the time to fish terrestrial patterns. Be sure to have you favorite ant, beetle, and hopper patterns along.  If you want action, especially on still waters, Beula Lake is the place.  Gulpers (Yellowstone cutthroats, in this case) are going strong, and caddisflies coming down the inlet bring fish into shallow waters there in a mode similar to how PMD activity attracts fish to South Fork riffles. Trico activity is going on in many Park waters, so morning visits should include patterns for these. Then as mid day approaches, switch to those terrestrial patterns.

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Yellowstone Park 8-22-2011

We received an announcement from Park fisheries personnel.

Attention Trout Anglers on Yellowstone Lake

“Beginning August 18th, 140 lake trout in Yellowstone Lake will be tagged with an internal transmitter.  All lake trout in this study will have their adispose fin removed. The chemical used to anesthetize tagged trout requires a 21-day wthdrawal period prior to human consumption.  Lake trout without an adipose fin caught in Yellowstone Lake prior to September 21, 2011 should not be consumed.  Please report your catch and return tag to an NPS Ranger Station (Fisheries Program PO Box 168, Yellowstone NP, WY 82190).

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Yellowstone Park 8-19-2011

We hear that Slough Creek is producing like it should for the time of year.  That means put most of your efforts on presenting terrestrial patterns.  The further upstream you go, the fewer folks you will find fishing.  If you are not into walking the several miles needed for a round-trip visit there, try Soda Butte Creek which is also producing well, but expect crowds.  The Lamar River is another in the northeast corner of the Park that is fishing well for those presenting terrestrial patterns, but is the most subject to becoming discolored because of thundershowers in its larger drainage.  Forget fishing Trout Lake until later in October.  On the diagonally opposite end of the Park, Fall River Basin streams remain a bit high for this time of the season, but fish will come up to carefully presented terrestrial patterns.  And, yes, Beula Lake still offers, and will continue to offer for weeks to come, some of the fastest fishing in the Park if you present speckled dun, trico, and damselfly life cycle patterns.

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Yellowstone Park 8-8-2011

Water remains high in Fall River Basin streams. This means fish respond best to wet flies.  If you must fish dry, try large attractor patterns to tempt the big ones off the bottom. Hoppers are appearing around the edge of meadows, but it looks like it will be a while before they will be important for big resident trout.   The more the water drops, the better will become their interest in going to the surface.

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Yellowstone Park 8-05-2011

Recent rains have raised flows significantly in Fall River Basin streams.   This will prolong wet fly fishing as the most effective way to encounter the great cutthroat-rainbow hybrids there. Looks like hoppers will not be important in meadow reaches for a while.  These have to dry out  for that to happen.  Beula Lake is producing well.   Float tubing is the best way to get into action from the native Yellowstone cutthroat population.  You will have to carry that tube 2.75 miles up the trail to do so, but those cutts make the effort worth it.

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Yellowstone Park 8-01-2011

With runoff out of the system(finally!), Park waters are where we normally expect them.  Yes streams remain a bit high, but this is good for the fish. In the Madison River drainage, the river itself is fishing well, and so is the Gibbon.   Caddis and PMD life cycle patterns work, so do ants & beetle patterns. Soon spruce moth and hopper patterns will be important  to have in the fly box when you visit the Madison or the Gallatin rivers. So stock up on them now.  In Fall River Basin streams remain somewhat higher than normal, but don’t let that stop you from giving them a try.  Cutbows remain fat as mud through long weeks of living on annelids, grubs, etc.  The big fish are still looking for them and ignore the PMDs and green drakes. Right now a twenty-inch hybrid will go four pounds–easy.  When the streams drop further and insects become major in their diets, these fish will lose weight. Kinda like us switching from ice cream to sugar-free popsicles!   Beware of mosquitoes in the timber and horseflies in the meadows.   Want to have a twenty-five fish day without exaggerating? Pack your float tube into Beula Lake (2.75 miles) and present dragonfly and speckled dun life cycle patterns.  Contact us to learn how to get there.

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Yellowstone Park 7-27-2011

Fall River Basin streams remain high, but fishing with sink tip lines and weighted flies will bring results.  Hatches are ongoing, but are compressed.  Green drakes, PMDs, and sallys bring afternoon action. No hoppers yet, but ants and beetles are worth trying  afternoons.   Beware of mosquitoes especially in timber during evenings and horseflies in open areas.  Beula Lake continues to provide great action. Try damselfly life cycle patterns.

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Yellowstone Park 7-18-2011

Waters are finally beginning to recede. The Madison River drainage remains in the best condition.  Afternoon PMDs and evening caddis activity result in action. The Firehole River is warming to levels where fish can become stressed while being played. Let’s give ’em a break until we cool off in September.  If you are up the Firehole’s way, why not try the Gibbon River. It’s a smaller version, but it holds fish just as large, if not larger.  That’s right: the official largest brown trout caught in Yellowstone Park is from the Gibbon in the meadow reach.  Going north out of West Yellowstone, Duck Creek in the meadow is every bit as challenging as any water around. Right now beetles and ants would bring the best chances for big resident ‘bows and browns, but you had better be a “Henry’s Fork Hunchback”.  Fall River Basin and Lamar River drainage streams remain high, but are dropping and clearing. The Lewis River is high, clear and suitable for fishing.  Pelican Creek is open to fishing, but few fish are present. Right now some of the fastest fishing in the Park is in Beula Lake.  It is all Yellowstone cutts, and they range up to near twenty inches.  Riddle Lake may be a close second, but the cutts are smaller.

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