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Yellowstone Park

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

Yellowstone Park 6-19-10

Best dry fly fishing by far is on the Firehole River during this late spring. Caddis, BWOs PMDs and a smattering of small stoneflies make for action.   Madison River PMD hatch has resumed. Duck Creek is good fishing for those using small leech patterns.  Fall River Basin streams are dropping.  Best still water action is on Lewis and Shoshone lakes. Get out to weed beds and use full sink lines to get scud and damselfly nymph patterns down to foraging browns and juvenile macks.    Trout Lake opened on June 15th. No reports on it yet, but damselfly nymph patterns work well until “weed-up”.  The Ashton-Flagg Road remains closed  from the Idaho side to our knowledge, so no reports available on Beula Lake.


Yellowstone Park 6-12-10

Streams are dropping, but still high enough to slow fishing.  Firehole is best bet with BWOs, PMDs and caddis life cycle patterns working.  Try dry damselfly adult patterns.  Duck and Cougar creeks are others to consider.  Try damselfly nymph patterns.  If you try streams with high waters, San Juan worms are a good bet.  Best fishing now is on Lewis and Shoshone lakes.   Use full sink  lines and your favorite streamer patterns. If you can get to weed beds, scud patterns will work.  Trout Lake opens on June 15th and holds some of the biggest cutts and ‘bows in Park waters.  Damselfly nymph, scud and midge pupa patterns will be good choices.


Yellowstone Park 6-8-10

Streams here are still impacted by the recent  big rains.  Best exception is the Firehole River where water is a bit high.  Caddis, BWO, PMD and yellow sally life cycle patterns are making for action.   Duck Creek also offers some action with damselfly nymph patterns and streamers being best bets.


Yellowstone Park 6-5-10

Recent heavy rains have impacted Park streams almost everywhere. We suggest waiting for flows to drop (Fall River flows out of the Park doubled  because of recent rains and run-off) for best fishing. The PMD emergence on the Madison River has been put down  because of the rains. With drier weather it will resume. The Firehole River is fair fishing with PMDs, BWOs and caddis emerging, but will improve.


Yellowstone Park 10-19-2009

Brown trout migration is the big attraction here.  Best places are Lewis River, Gibbon River, Duck Creek, Gardner River and the Snake River.  Streamer flies are the fare, and do not over look outlets to both Lewis and Shoshone lakes. The way the weather is headed, just about any day should be good, but be prepared for winter driving and walking conditions.


Yellowstone Park 10-15-2009

Big attraction here are the brown trout runs.  Hebgen ‘bows and  browns are in the Madison River system. They are moving into the Lewis River between Lewis and Shoshone lakes as well as just below Lewis Lake. Soon they will be in the Gardner River and the Snake River.  Break out your streamers!  If that does not suit your fishing preferences, BWOs are active on the Firehole, Gibbon and Madison rivers.


Yellowstone Park 10-10-2009

Big action here are brown trout runs in the Lewis, Madison, Gibbon and lower Firehole (below the falls) rivers. Other than that, the BWOs are active on the Firehole, Madison, and Gibbon rivers. Be prepared for winter conditions throughout the Park. That means have proper clothing and driving habits.


Yellowstone Park 10-06-2009

Choice of best fishing now is pretty much down to either top water with BWOs at such as the  Firehole, Gibbon and Madison River and the Lamar River drainage or streamer fishing for migrating browns or bows.  For browns the current best waters are Madison,  Lewis, and Snake rivers.  The Gardner River will kick in later in the month.  Want a still water break from this? About the middle of this month Trout Lake will kick in. The biggest cut-bow hybrids in Park waters reside here.   Another is to wade Lewis Lake shoreline and pitch streamers while wearing well insulated waders.