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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Yellowstone Park (Page 2)

Yellowstone Park 7-22-17

All Fall River Basin streams (Bechler and Fall Rivers, Boundary and Mountain Ash Creeks) are in dry fly fishing shape now. Damselflies, Yellow sallys and PMDs are emerging to interest fish.  Fish take patterns presented for these during late AM to late afternoon hours as well for the few golden stoneflies brought in by the wind.  During evening hours their interest turns to brown drakes. Terrestrial insects are building around the edge of the meadow reaches meaning its time to stock up on ant, beetle, cricket, and hopper patterns.

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Yellowstone Park 7-8-17

The Ashton-Flagg Ranch road is open, but a bit slow going east of Calf Creek Hill. Fall River is still running about 50% higher than normal meaning any pattern imitating a drifting earthworm presented deep works best.  For sure the best fishing action off the road is in Beula Lake. Damsel fly and speckled dun life cycle patterns work well along with small leech patterns.   Also consider that Hering Lake may offer good fishing, but you will need to pack in a flotation device to enjoy it. The lower half of Bechler Meadows  may just as well be a rice paddy, and any pattern resembling a drifting earthworm works best in the river for now.

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Yellowstone Park 7-1-17

Looking for brown drake hatches that feature fewer anglers present?  Try either Duck Creek or the meadow reaches of the Gibbon River above the falls. Evening hours are the time to be at these waters.  Applying stealth will greatly improve your  chances of meeting large fish.  Use a floatation device to get out to Shoshone Lake weed beds to enjoy cookie cutter juvenile lake trout responding to leech and small streamer patterns presented on full-sink lines. The green drake hatch on the Lewis River in the meadow along the South Entrance Road is in progress during afternoons.  Lewis River channel between Lewis and Shoshone Lakes offers good streamer fishing with a few green drakes hatching and some fish responding. Best dry fly conditions on Fall River Basin streams is several days away.

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Yellowstone Park 6-17-17

Firehole River offers the best dry fly fishing in the park with BWO, PMD and caddis life cycle patterns getting the most attention from trout. Be sure to try soft hackle versions of emerger patterns for these insects.  Lewis River channel offers good streamer fishing for brown trout. Use generous insulating layers or insulated waders for comfort while wading the ultra-cold river water. Ice is off Shoshone Lake, but trails to it still have areas with snow and with muddy stretches. You will need a non-motorized boating permit and a free Yellowstone Park invasive species sticker on any floatation device to be used on the lake and on any park still water. Go to Yellowstone Park web site boating regulations page for details.

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Yellowstone Park 6-10-17

The Firehole River continues to produce well, but is somewhat crowded. Here’s a way to avoid its crowding; try Duck Creek. The creek is in great condition, and any thing that imitates an earthworm or dragonfly nymph will bring responses from rainbows ranging to over twenty inches as well as from some brown trout.  Ice is off Shoshone and Lewis Lakes, but we have no reports on how fishing is going there.

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Yellowstone Park 6-3-17

As is usual in the early season, the Firehole River provides the best fishing. Your favorite BWO and caddis life cycle patterns as well as small bead head nymph patternsmwill bring responses, but do not overlook presenting the variety of soft hackled patterns including partridge and orange, partridge and olive, and partridge and purple, all in sizes 12-16. We have no word yet on ice-out on Shoshone and Lewis Lakes, but it is a sure bet that trails into Shoshone Lake remain clogged with snow.

Remember: you can purchase any class of Yellowstone Park fishing license here at Jimmy’s.

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Yellowstone Park 5-30-17

We have not heard much about quality of fishing in the Park. That is except that the Firehole River is fishing as expected with fish responding to BWO and caddis life cycle patterns. Don’t overlook presenting soft hackled patterns for the emerger phase of these insects.

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Yellowstone Park 5-20-17

Yellowstone Park fishing licenses are in the shop.  These include:

Season permit ($40)

7-day permit ($25)

3-day permit ($18)

Non-Fee permit (Fifteen years or younger)

We also have 2017 Park fishing regulations, and they are on the Yellowstone Park Official Web Site under “THINGS TO DO.” Consider looking them over.

The Park fishing season opens on Saturday, May 27th. Most streams will be high with run-off opening day weekend and longer. The Firehole River will be the best place to fish. Look for BWO life cycle, white miller, small bead head and traditional nymphs of choice, and various caddis life cycle patterns to be the most effective there. Also expect plenty of accompanying fly-fishers.  Nez Perce Creek may also be fishable, but certainly less crowded.

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Yellowstone Park 4-29-17

Yellowstone National Park management is evaluating prohibition of items having high potential to transport invasive species. Among these items is felt soles commonly used as secure footing on waders and boots. It is possible that felt soles could be prohibited for use in park waters  in a few years.

All types of park fishing licenses will be available in Jimmy’s for the Memorial Day park fishing season opening

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Yellowstone Park 10-29-16

The park angling season closes at end of the day on Sunday, November 6th. Better hurry if you want to present streamer patterns to migrating brown trout in such as the Gardner, Gibbon, Lewis, Madison, and Snake Rivers!

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