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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Yellowstone Park (Page 25)

Yellowstone Park 8-26-09

Generally best action is found through presenting terrestrial patterns on streams and presenting patterns for gulpers on still waters.   Days are shortening and we are beginning to cool in the high country.  These are signals to begin thinking about presenting streamers.


Yellowstone Park 8-24-09

Terrestrials, particularly ant and hopper patterns, are bringing action on almost all streams.  Don’t overlook presenting ant patterns on lakes.  Carry cinnamon and black patterns of various sizes in order to be ready for which are attracting fish. And remember lakes such as Beula, Cascade and Grebe have great ant flights this time of the season.


Yellowstone Park 8-20-09

No real change here in that terrestrial patterns are the most consistent producers on Park streams.  On higher gradient streams like the Gallatin, the middle and canyon reach of the Gibbon, lower Gardner River and Lava Creek add caddis life cycle patterns.  For still waters gulpers are active and approachable on smaller waters such as Beula, Cascade, Grebe, Riddle and Wolf lakes.  Trty a dry damselfly pattern on these where you see rises.


Yellowstone Park 8-17-09

Terrestrial patterns are the name of the game on all streams.  Look for green drakes coming to Slough Creek soon.   On lakes such as Beula, Riddle, Grebe, Cascade and Wolf speckled duns will make for gulpers.


Yellowstone Park 8-14-09

If you prefer dry flies, terrestrial patterns are the way to go almost everywhere on Park streams.  We tend to overlook ant and beetle patterns compared to those of hoppers.  But a delicately placed ant or beetle can be very effective along banks and overhangs not in direct light.


Yellowstone Park 8-10-09

Its terrestrial time almost everywhere on moving water and lakes.  Break out you favorite hopper, ant and beetle patterns.  Head for Slough Creek, Soda Butte Creek, Fall River Basin, Gibbon Meadows, Duck Creek, the upper Gallatin River, Grasshopper Bank on the Madison River and such. And if you prefer still waters and don’t mind a short walk, Beula and Riddle lakes will not disappoint you for action.


Yellowstone Park 8-05-09

For all streams be sure to have terrestrial patterns on hand.   That’s the best way to find action on through this month. Soon it will be time to add spruce moth patterns to yor terrestrial array especially if you fish forested reaches.  Guplers will be active on most still waters, but the best gulper fishing will be found on the smaller waters such as Grebe, Grizzly, Cascade, Wolf, Beula and Riddle lakes.


Yellowstone Park 8-03-09

Almost everywhere except the Firehole River would be a good choice.  For some like the Madison and Gibbon rivers early and late in the day offers the best times. Terrestrials insect are now a major food item for trout  everywhere.  Concentrate on banks and overhangs not in direct sunlight  On still waters, such as Beula Lake shown below, speckled dun emergences are  bringing  gulpers to the surface. Adult damselfly patterns will also bring top water responses.


Beula Lake

Many small stream are great places to try now.  They remain relatively cool because of the high elevation.  Some of the more convenient, because of roads nearby include the upper Gallatin River, Grayling Creek, Soda Butte Creek, Gardner River, Lava Creek, and Aster Creek.


Yellowstone Park 7-29-09

The Yellowstone River in the Hellroaring and Blacktail areas has been featuring fish responding to the giant stonefly hatch.  Look for terrestrial patterns to be important, and never overlook traditional attractors here.  Some golden stones remain on the Gardner River.  Terrestrial patterns are  becoming most important on such as Slough Creek, Soda Butte Creek, Grayling Creek, the upper Gallatin River, and all Fall River Basin streams.   With respect to still waters, Beula Lake is the best with Cascade, Grebe, and Riddle lakes also being a good choices with dry damselfly, midge, and speckled dun adult patterns bringing top-water action.


Yellowstone Park 7-27-09

Slough Creek is fishing very well after a somewhat late start. Brown and gray drakes are pretty much done for the year. Same can be said for Fall River Basin streams.  On both the above waters ant and beetle patterns are almost sure-fire when fished around cover abnd overhangs. Beula and Riddle lakes still offer great fishing for those using damselfly and speckled dun life cycle patterns.  Forget the Firehole until September but look for hoppers and other terrestrials to work on the Madison, Gibbon and Gallatin rivers, and Duck, Cougar and Grayling creeks.