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Yellowstone Park 6-26-10

Streams are shaping up nicely. Grayling Creek is fishable.  Duck Creek is fishing well. Use damselfly nymph patterns. Watch for evening brown drakes beginning in about a week. Same will happen on meadow reaches of the Gibbon River.  Fall River Basin streams are dropping, but wet flies remain best.  Some rises to yellow sallys.  Hare’s ear nymphs #10 fished just below surface work well.  Look for PMDs to begin emerging soon there.   The Firehole River is still producing for those using BWO, PMD, and caddis life cycle patterns.  The Madison River PMD hatch goes on.  Green drake emergence on the Lewis River meadow reaches below Lewis Falls is getting going.   Some are also emerging on meadow stretches between Lewis & Shoshone lakes, but pitching streamers there is best bet for action.  Shoshone Lake is great fishing if one gets out to submerged weed beds and uses full-sink line to present scud (olive) and small leech patterns.  Ashton-Flagg Road is not officially open on the west side. Needs to dry out on highest stretches before Beula Lake can be reached from the Idaho side.


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.