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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.


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.


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!


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.