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Yellowstone Park

Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Yellowstone Park (Page 29)

Yellowstone Park 9/11

Streamers are becoming more important on all waters. BWOs are becoming important on many streams, especially in the Madison River drainage. Cold weather will soon begin taking its toll on hoppers, and other terrestrials. But for now stick with them on Slough Creek, Soda Butte Creek, Lamar River, Gallatin River, Gardner River, Duck, Grayling, and Cougar creeks, and Fall River Basin streams. Beula Lake remains one of the best places in the Park for great fly-fishing action.


Yellowstone Park 9/8

With cooling weather and frosty nights terrestrials will become less important, but so far their populations are holding up. But look for streamer patterns to become more important as we get into fall fishing. Here’s why. Watch for Lewis River system browns to become active and begin moving towards outlets and inlets of Lewis and Shoshone lakes. Increasing numbers of Hebgen Lake bows and browns will begin going towards inlet streams. If you are a dry fly enthusiast, be sure to have BWO and October caddis patterns in your fly box, especially if you are heading to the Madison, Firehole or Gibbon.


Yellowstone Park 9/2

Cool weather made for some BWO action on some streams but slowed action resulting from terrestrial patterns. Green drakes are emerging on Slough Creek. With warming weather a return to action for those presenting terrestrial patterns is sure to happen on all streams. Fall River Basin streams still feature AM trico spinner falls, and Beula Lake remains the best still water fishing in the Park until cold weather hits.


Yellowstone Park 8/28

Spruce moth patterns are producing on the lower end of the Madison in the Park and on the upper reached of the Gallatin in the Park. Terrestrials are bringing action on all streams, and caddis swarms provide evening action. The Snake River at the South Entrance can offer great action this time of year for those offering terrestrial patterns. This is also a great place to offer humpys; they make a great horsefly imitation. The best still water action in the Park is on Beula Lake. Action on Riddle lake is bad either.


Yellowstone Park 8/11

The best way to fishing success on all meadow reaches of Park streams is to present ant, beetle, and hopper patterns. See the list of streams in our 8/4 report to learn where this applies to. With respect to hoppers, be sure to match color of your pattern to that of the meadow grasses. If you are not fishing Beula Lake you are missing some of the fastest fishing in the Park. You will need a float tube to experience the best of what this lake offers, but shoreline fishing can also be satisfying.


Yellowstone Park 8/4

Terrestrial insects are coming on strong and should be your primary patterns on streams. Also think thundershowers and more humidity in the atmosphere! These bright, dry days relegates the best fishing success to late in the day. Partly cloudy conditions act as overhead cover, and with that fishing improves. With these conditions the list of great streams will include names such as the Gallatin, Soda Butte, Slough, Bechler, Boundary, Fall, Mountain Ash, Lamar, Gibbon, Madison, Gardner, Lava, etc. With respect to still waters, Beula remains at the top of the list with gulpers working big time.