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Yellowstone Park 6-15-09

Firehole River, Duck and Cougar creeks are the best so far.  The Firehole is best for dry fly fishing with PMDs, BWOs and caddis. There are a few PMDs on Duck Creek, but the best approach here is with nymphs, small leech patterns and the lowly San Juan worm.   Same for Cougar Creek. Responses to the PMD emergence on the Madison River is improving.   Fall River Basin streams will be high for a while as much run-off is yet to come down.  Use a full sink line to put down scud and small leech patterns around weed beds on Shoshone  Lake. Walk the  Lewis Lake shorelines to pitch streamers on full sink lines, or use streamer tip lines to present streamers in the river above.

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Yellowstone Park 6-12-09

Conditions are improving.  The Madison River PMD emergence has begun.  The river is still a bit high, but fishable. The Firehole River remains very good fishing for top water approaches.   PMDs, BWOs, caddis and a few sallys are the fare.  Duck and Cougar creeks are fishable.  Water in both is in great shape. Some PMD’s are appearing on both, but wet flies bring the best action.  Ice is off Lewis and Shoshone lakes. Trolling streamers or fishing scuds and leeches over submerged weed beds bring action. Try streamers on the Lewis River between the two lakes.  Fall River Basin streams are weeks away from fly-fishing as there is much run-off to come down.

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Yellowstone Park 6-08-09

Almost the entire Park had snowy weather this weekend.   That means no real change in water levels whether in the Madison, Lewis, or Fall river drainages.  Firehole River offers the best fishing with PMDs, BWOs, and caddis life cycle patterns bringing action.  Better days are ahead when we warm up!

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Yellowstone Park 6-04-09

No real change here with respect to fishing conditions. The cool, wet weather slows streams getting free of run of loads. The Firehole is perhaps the best fishing with BWO, PMD, and caddis emergences. Damselfly nymphs will work in slower waters here. The Madison River remains high, but streamer patterns on reaches where the river exits the Park will bring responses from rainbows returning to Hebgen Lake.  Gibbon River, Duck Creek, Cougar Creek, and Grayling Creek are running high.  Fall River Basin streams are weeks away from being fishable. The Ashton-Flagg Road remains closed, so access to upper Fall River and Beula Lake is not yet possible from the Idaho side.

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Yellowstone Park 6-01-09

Firehole River remains the best and almost only top water fishing in the Park to date.   The river is high and “tea colored”, but this is normal for the time of year.  Caddis and BWO life cycle patterns work, and PMD’s are showing up in increasing numbers.   The Madison River is high and off color, but streamers continue to produce some nice fish. The same applies to the Gibbon River below the falls.  Most other streams are high with run off.  The Lewis River below the lake is fishable with streamers.   It will be weeks before Fall River Basin streams are fishable.

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Yellowstone Park 5-28-09

No real change since our last report. Some surface action is possible on the Firehole from BWOs and caddis, but small streamers and nymphs bring the best action.  Use streamers on the Madison River and its high water in the Park to get into Hebgen ‘bows returning to the lake.

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Yellowstone Park 5-25-09

High and discolored water is the case in almost all streams.  Only real exception is Lewis River where streamers will work if you can get through the snow.  The Firehole is a bit high and  slightly discolored.  Small buggers and streamers are working there, and a few fish are taking BWOs and caddis with better dry fly fishing yet to come. The Madison River in the Park is high and discolored, but some folks are picking up fish on streamers and woolly buggers.  The Gallatin in the Park is high and becomes quite discolored as it exits the Park around the Taylor Fork confluence.  The Ashton-Flagg road is weeks away from opening for through traffic, and Fall River along the southwest boundary is high and cold with run-off.  Better days are yet to come there for fly-fishers.

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Stillwaters 05-23-09

We have received a couple of good reports from Twin Lakes. The blugills and crappie have moved into the willows.  Twin Lakes should be good fishing through the entire month of June due to the good water year. Use a small beadhead fly like a blugill candy or beadhead damsel on a floating line. If we get a little cold spell and the fish move to deeper water in the mornings switch to sinking line until the water warms later in the day. For crappie try a Size 6 olive/chartruese clouse minnow. It can work good for bass too.

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Yellowstone Park 5-20-09

We have 2009 Yellowstone Park fishing licenses and regulations in the shop.  Stop in on your way there to pick these up and get the latest information on Park waters that open this weekend for fishing and which flies to use.

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Yellowstone Park 5-14-09

Does not open until Memorial Day weekend.  Look for high water to prevail when it does.  Remember we are a  Yellowstone Park fishing permit vendor, and we will have those permits in time for the season opener there.

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