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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Yellowstone Park (Page 18)

Yellowstone Park 10-04-2011

It  is now streamer fly season on most Park rivers and on Shoshone and Lewis lakes.  Big browns are migrating on these, and in the case of the Madison River drainage they are accompanied by a fall rainbow run.  So break out those six and seven weight rods and sink tip lines for rivers, or intermediate lines for the lakes.  Have somber and bright patterns in the fly box, and a good camera to record the beautiful colors these fish put on to announce their migration.  Also be prepared for  stormy weather.

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Yellowstone Park 9-19-2011

Until a general killing frost hits the Park, terrestrial patterns will be the best dry fly way to find action during daytime hours. Tricos continue to emerge during mornings on many streams and evening caddis flights complete the reasons to find day long activity.  On the Firehole River BWOs are into their classic autumn appearance.  But as we approach closer to October  streamer fishing will take over on most streams as the best way to encounter the largest fish.   This is particularly true on the Madison River drainage below barrier waterfalls, on the Lewis River between Shoshone and Lewis lakes, the lower Yellowstone River (in the Park), and the Snake River at the south entrance.  Still water fishing can also be excellent. Nowhere is action faster than on Beula Lake with Riddle Lake likely second. Both host Yellowstone cutts always eager for a meal.  On Lewis and Shoshone lakes fishing away from shore remains the best way to encounter migrating browns, but fish close to shore will become increasingly effective as we advance through October.

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Yellowstone Park 9-13-2011

Trico activity on the such as the Madison River, Bechler River, and Boundary Creek is going good.  Add that to the still abundant terrestrial insect population and plenty of dry fly fishing can be found on Park rivers and streams.  Hebgen Lake browns and ‘bows are beginning their migration into the Madison River upstream and the same with browns going into Lewis River Channel from Shoshone and Lewis lakes.   Beula Lake is still producing some of the best action in the Park with damselfly nymphs, small bead head nymphs, small leech patterns, and scud patterns around shorelines working well.

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Yellowstone Park 9-08-2011

No big changes here.  Daytime fishing is best with terrestrial patterns on all streams. Morning trico activity dictates how to fish on such as the Madison River, Gibbon River, Bechler River, Fall River, and Boundary Creek.  Look for increasing numbers of ‘bows and browns to begin moving out of  Hebgen Reservoir into the Madison River above.  Same with browns going into Lewis River Channel between Lewis and Shoshone lakes.  Streamers will be the name of the game on both rivers, same on Duck Creek for big browns moving through meadows.

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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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