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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Yellowstone Park (Page 22)

Yellowstone Park 6-18-2011

Fishing conditions are way behind in the Park this year.  The cool, wet spring is the reason, and a lot of snow remains in the higher country.  Best fishing is on the Firehole  River (which is running high and tea colored) with PM BWO and PMD activity and AM PMD spinner falls.  Some big stoneflies are emerging in the Firehole canyon.  That means wind can blow these into the river above making for some unusual fishing.   Next comes the Madison River which offers fair streamer fishing for run-up ‘bows and resident browns and bows.  Duck Creek looks like a cranberry bog but  ‘bows and browns are hitting, especially anything that resembles a worm cluster.  Fall River Basin streams are at high tide and because of all the snow on plateaus above will remain so for weeks to come.  As of early this week Lewis Lake was 95% ice covered, and Shoshone Lake was totally covered. This is likely changed for the better by now, but snow remains big time around each lake.   Expect to walk through snow drift remnants and on muddy trails when going around each lake.  Heart Lake Basin opens July 1st.  Fishing there for some of the best cutthroats you will encounter anywhere should be terrific in the lake, Beaver and Witch creeks and the outlet.   Same deal, expect to walk through snow drift remnants and on muddy trails.  Pelican Creek is once again open to fishing with bear warnings and very few fish within.  Trout Lake is open, and the next few weeks will be the time to fish it with scud, damselfly nymph, snail, and midge pupa patterns.  When weather warms up we will have a flush of water in all streams from highest country.  When it subsides we will be in for a great season.  Keep in touch with us on the best time and locations to visit Park waters.


Yellowstone Park 6-8-2011

Weather has kept crowds down a bit, except for the Firehole River where PM caddis, BWO and PMD activity brings out fish to feed. Might be fewer folks fishing the AM PMD spinner fall. The Madison River is producing some streamer fishing.  Fall River Basin and Lewis River drainage streams remain full of run-off.


Yellowstone Park 6-4-2011

Firehole River is the place for stream fishing.  It’s a bit high and tea colored, but fish take BWO life cycle patterns eagerly.  Expect some crowding. The Gibbon River is high and discolored.  Tons of snow remain on the Madison and Pitchstone plateaus.  All this must melt and come down, so Fall River Basin and Lewis River systems will have high water for weeks to come.


Yellowstone Park 6-1-2011

We have 2011 Yellowstone  Park fishing licenses and regulations. Right now the Firehole River is the best stream to fish in the Park.   Caddisfly, BWO, PMD and sally life cycle patterns are the way to go.  Don’t overlook soft hackle patterns either!


Yellowstone Park 5-28-11

General fishing season opens today. We expect to have licenses and information folders early next week.  Firehole River is your best bet for stream fishing.   BWO, PMD, and caddis life cycle patterns are standard fare for this time of year.  Don’t overlook small bead head nymphs.   Lewis Lake will offer some streamer fishing from both shore and from boats. Dress for not the best weather!


Yellowstone Park 5-21-2011

Angling season opens next Saturday, May 28th.   Right now the Firehole is flowing at normal levels, and likely will be best stream destination with BWO and caddisfly liffe cycle patterns leading the pack of effective flies.  Many other waters will be snow bound as real melting has yet to begin in much of the Park.


Yellowstone Park 10-27-10

Had a great day fishing the Beaver Meadows reach of the Madison River yesterday. Snow squalls, day long ice in the guides, and wind did not keep the run-up browns and bows from hitting streamer patterns presented in deeper runs. This is the story on all Park waters hosting browns: streamers are going to bring action.  Be prepared for wintry conditions and slick or snow packed roads when you venture into the Park.  Sadly only several days remain for fishing Park waters. Fishing season here closes on November 7th.


Yellowstone Park 10-24-10

First of all,  come dressed for winter fishing!  Stay warm & dry in order to enjoy top water fishing on the Firehole River where BWOs are out in big numbers.  In every water that hosts brown trout, streamer fishing is the way to go.  In waters without browns, streamers presented in deep waters will bring results from big cutts, brookies and ‘bows seeking forage fish. Fishing season closes the first weekend of November, so not much time is left this year to enjoy waters here.


Yellowstone Park 10-15-10

It’s brown trout time everywhere they are found. So streamer fishing is the way to go for best action.  Exception is the Firehole River where good surface action comes from BWOs, a few October caddis and midges.


Yellowstone Park 10-9-10

Big activity now is brown trout migration in the Madison, Gibbon, and Lewis rivers and Duck Creek.  Later in the month brown trout runs on the Snake and Gardner rivers will kick in.  Streamers on sink tip lines are the name of the game on all of these with low light conditions offering the best times to be on these waters.  Lewis Lake offers good trolling and shoreline casting for browns near the outlet and through the channel at the north end inlet.  Browns are now piling up in the channel below Shoshone Lake, but so are anglers.   Some of the Park’s best fishing for browns can be had here if you are the first one of the day to venture in.  If you prefer dry fly fishing, the Firehole River is fishing very well with BWOs and caddis leading the way.  Jack Frost has pretty much nipped most hopper fishing at the bud, but a few can be found around Fall River Basin streams.  Speaking of Fall River Basin, Beula Lake fishes well on bluebird days this time of year. Use small bead head nymphs, Midge pupa patterns under indicators or small leech patterns.