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Yellowstone Park 7-16-09

This weekend will be a great time to fish Park waters as entrance fees are waived on both Saturday, 7/18 and Sunday, 7/19.  However, a valid fishing license is required.  A three-day license costs $15, a seven-day license is $20 and a season license costs $35. Children under 15 years of age fish free. Check the Park web site for non-fee permit requirements for children.  It is a great time to fish Park waters as all are in fishable shape now.  Be aware that there are temporary fishing closures along the Gibbon River from a half mile above Gibbon Falls to a mile south of the falls because of road construction.


Yellowstone Park 7-13-09

The Firehole is warming to the point that larger fish are seeking cooler waters in spring fed tribs. These streams are now refuges.  So we leave them alone.  When the river cools later in the season fish return to take advantage of its better living conditions.  Other waters are really shaping up in the Park.  The Madison River drainage is in great shape with PMDs & caddis giving evening action.  PMD spinner falls makes mornings worthy a visit to the river and to tribs such as the Gibbon’s meadow reaches, Duck Creek and Cougar Creek.  The Gallatin River now offers a great chance to try traditional terrestrial patterns such as the Wulff series, goofus bug variations, renegades and adams variations as well as your favorite caddis and sally patterns.  Fall River Basin streams have dropped very quickly to close to base levels.  Big stoneflies are moving through these, and PMDs, green drakes and brown drakes are hatching.  If you have never fished Beula Lake at the head of Fall River Basin, you are missing some of the fastest fishing in the region.  Get in touch with us for details on how to.


Yellowstone Park 7-10-09

Except for some streams in the northeast corner, waters have really shaped up. The Firehole is beginning to warm up, so the days of action there are numbered.  Elsewhere, the Gallatin River in the Park is clearing, and golden stones are making an appearance.  Caddisflies are always there.  Don’t forget dry attractor patterns if you try it.  Fall River Basin streams are a bit high, but clear. They have dropped very quickly, so fishing while good will improve with time.   Major mayfly emergences there are getting started including brown and green drakes and PMDs. The gray drake emergence is about done there.  Beula Lake offers the fastest fishing in the basin and perhaps in the entire Park.  Riddle Lake would also be a good choice with fishing off the northwest shore being a good option.  All you need is waders to get out a bit with a floating or intermediate line and dry damsel patterns or small leech patterns.  Action can still be had around submerged Shoshone Lake and Lewis Lake weed beds.  All you need is a float tube, full sink line and small scud and leach patterns.  If you don’t have insulated waders you will not last long out on those lakes.


Yellowstone Park 7-07-09

Really shaping up here! Streams in the northeast corner have a way to go, though. Slough Creek is high and clearing and offers the best fishing in that corner of the Park. Look for evening brown drakes to offer its best fishing.  The Lewis River drainage still features great fishing on Lewis and Shoshone lakes if you can get out to submerged weed beds and offer small scud and leech patterns. Use a full sink line to do it.  And be sure to have insulated waders or plenty of fleece under those breathables or light weights.  Madison River drainage streams are fishing well with several different mayfly species emerging along with caddisflies, yellow sallys and a remnant of golden stones. Look for damselfly nymphs patterns to bring action on slower reaches of all these streams.  Fall River Basin streams are a week or so away from great dry fly fishing, and Beula Lake still offers some of the fastest fishing in the entire Park.  Pack a float tube into it for the best fishing with damselfly nymph, scud and small leech patterns.  Don’t know how to get there? get in touch with us.


Yellowstone Park 7-04-09

The Firehole River chugs along with good caddis, white miller, and PMD activity providing action during PMs and an AM PMD spinner fall.  Don’t overlook trying dry damselfly patterns.  Expect the river to begin warming up and fishing to slow as we advance into summer. The Madison River in the Park features an evening caddis hatch that brings action. The Gibbon’s brown drake hatch should begin any day now, and the  Gallatin River is clearing & warming.  The Lamar River and Soda Butte Creek are still high and have some discolor. Fall River Basin streams are shaping up, but good dry fly fishing is about a week or so away. When that begins, look for PMDs and sallys to provide the first action.  Beula Lake currently provides some of the best fishing action in the Park.  The fish here are not as big as some other still waters, but 18″-19″  individuals are fairly common.  Only Yellowstone cutts are present.   Want strategy tips for  trying Fall River Basin waters? Get in touch with us.


Yellowstone Park 6-30-09

Waters are really shaping up here. The Madison River drainage is in great shape with PMDs, white millers, caddis, and some golden stones providing action.  Now look for brown drake emergences on Gibbon River and Duck Creek to begin.   Shoshone and Lewis lakes are proviving great action for those presenting streamers and wooly bugger types on full-sink lines. The Lewis River green drake hatch is on its way.  Fall River Basin streams are dropping to near fishable levels. The Ashton-Flagg Road is open, so the southwest corner of the Park will soon offer some of the best fishing in the region.  Right now Beula Lake is accessible and fishing quite well.


Yellowstone Park 6-26-09

Things are looking up as run-off slows on many drainages. The Madison River drainage remains the best, but look for Fall River and Lewis River drainages to begin kicking in soon. The Firehole River PMD, BWO, white miller, and caddis activities bring action.  Some of these are giving action on the Gibbon River.  Around the 4th of July,  brown drakes will begin on Duck Creek and Gibbon River.  Right now weed beds in Shoshone and Lewis lakes are producing for those presenting scud, streamer, and small leech patterns on full-sink lines.  Want to try attractor patterns? Try Grayling Creek and Cougar Creek.  Even the Gallatin is shaping up for presenting these.  Want a chance at the biggest ‘bows in the Park?  Try damselfly nymphs on Trout Lake.  Want more info on strategy and flies for these great places? Get in touch with us.


Henry’s Fork 6-26-09

Big news here is the gray drake emergence going on up and down the lower river.  It’s happening big time.  Because Fall River inflow is decreasing they are also showing up on the river below Chester!   This is an evening event, so during daytime hours look for PMDs and a few golden stone adults.  But expect heavy boat traffic because of the South Fork situation.   But look for gray drakes to bring fish up along the lower river.


Yellowstone Park 6-19-09

Rain has kept streams high, but this bodes well for a good seson extending into late summer and autumn. The Madison River drainage is probably best bet for moving water with PMDs, a few gisnt and golden stones, and caddis on almost all waters. The Lewis River between Shoshone and Lewis lakes is a great palce to try streamers. Here and below Lewis Lake  the green drake emergence wiil begin in about a week.  Trout Lake opened on the 15th, and it hosts the largest cutthroat-rainbows in the Park.  Scuds, midges, damsels and small leech patterns are the best here until it mosses up with the onset of warmer weather.  In the southwest corner of the Park, runoff reigns supreme and will for a while yet. The Ashton-Flagg Road is days away from opening all the way through.  You can use it now to access lower reaches of Fall River in the Park, but run-off makes the river almost unfishable.


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.