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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Yellowstone Park (Page 3)

Yellowstone Park 5-30-17

We have not heard much about quality of fishing in the Park. That is except that the Firehole River is fishing as expected with fish responding to BWO and caddis life cycle patterns. Don’t overlook presenting soft hackled patterns for the emerger phase of these insects.

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Yellowstone Park 5-20-17

Yellowstone Park fishing licenses are in the shop.  These include:

Season permit ($40)

7-day permit ($25)

3-day permit ($18)

Non-Fee permit (Fifteen years or younger)

We also have 2017 Park fishing regulations, and they are on the Yellowstone Park Official Web Site under “THINGS TO DO.” Consider looking them over.

The Park fishing season opens on Saturday, May 27th. Most streams will be high with run-off opening day weekend and longer. The Firehole River will be the best place to fish. Look for BWO life cycle, white miller, small bead head and traditional nymphs of choice, and various caddis life cycle patterns to be the most effective there. Also expect plenty of accompanying fly-fishers.  Nez Perce Creek may also be fishable, but certainly less crowded.

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Yellowstone Park 4-29-17

Yellowstone National Park management is evaluating prohibition of items having high potential to transport invasive species. Among these items is felt soles commonly used as secure footing on waders and boots. It is possible that felt soles could be prohibited for use in park waters  in a few years.

All types of park fishing licenses will be available in Jimmy’s for the Memorial Day park fishing season opening

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Yellowstone Park 10-29-16

The park angling season closes at end of the day on Sunday, November 6th. Better hurry if you want to present streamer patterns to migrating brown trout in such as the Gardner, Gibbon, Lewis, Madison, and Snake Rivers!

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Yellowstone Park 10-1-16

Other than dry fly fishing (BWO & caddis life cycle patterns, terrestrial patterns) picking up on the Firehole River and the onset of killing frosts coming up, the big news is the beginning of brown trout runs. Browns accompanied by rainbows are running in increasing numbers from Hebgen Lake into the Madison River drainage, especially in the park. Browns from Lewis and Shoshone Lakes are moving into the “The Channel,” as the river between the lakes is known, as well as the Lewis Lake outlet.  Good numbers of brown trout running into the Gardner and Snake Rivers will begin a bit later. Presenting streamer patterns is the name of the game for these runs. All these events attract anglers, so expect some crowding. One way to minimize crowding is to pick the worst weather days for a visit.   Other park waters offering good fishing include Slough and Soda Butte Creek and the Lamar River where morning trico events and mid-day terrestrial activity bring action. As long as the Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road is open, Beula Lake will offer some of the fastest fishing in the Park.  Riddle Lake off the south entrance road near the Continental Divide will also offer eager cutthroat, albeit a bit smaller in size.

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Yellowstone Park 9-17-16

The south entrance is now open to traffic.  Start thinking about brown trout migrating to “The Channel” between Lewis & Shoshone lakes as well as to the Lewis Lake outlet. Shoreline fishing on Lewis Lake will also pick up, but be sure to wade with reliable, leak-proof waders with warm clothing beneath! Pitching big streamers will be the name of the game here for the rest of the season.

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Yellowstone Park 9-13-16

Because of the Berry fire flaring up again along the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway between Grand Teton and Yellowstone Parks, the south entrance road has been closed again.  Slough Creek campground and surroundings remain closed because of the Buffalo fire. When we receive info on these areas re-opening we will post such here.  The Norris Junction-Mammoth Hot Springs Road will re-open 7 AM, October 7th.

With respect to fishing, cooler weather means the Firehole River is offering improving conditions for fishing. Patterns for BWOs and caddis life cycle phases along with those for terrestrial insects will bring action. Hebgen Lake browns and rainbows are showing up in the Madison River, so streamer and large soft hackled patterns should be in the fly box.  On most other streams terrestrial insect patterns will bring best chances for action until a killing frost happens.

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Yellowstone Park 9-10-16

If you intend to fish any of the Park streams that run through meadows, the choice of flies this time of year is easy.Take terrestrial insect patterns with an emphasis on those of hoppers. All of these: Bechler River, Boundary Creek, Duck Creek, Fall River, Gibbon River, Lamar River, Lewis River, Madison River, Slough Creek, Snake River, Soda Butte Creek, and others hosting large fish that relish hoppers this time of year.  If you arrive early in the day on some of these, look for trico swarms and fish actively feeding.

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Yellowstone Park 9-3-16

The south entrance is now open. The lightning caused 7000 acre Buffalo Fire, northeast of Tower Junction, has closed day use of the Slough Creek area including primitive camp sites and Slough Creek Campground.  Access to Duck Creek is impacted by the Boundary Fire north of West Yellowstone.

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Yellowstone Park 8-23-16

With the close of the Yellowstone River drainage waters in Montana, there is a chance that the same could happen to the river in the Park. The Park is extremely protective of its natural resources, and rightfully so. We will watch this situation, and you can do the same by going to the Yellowstone Park web site. Presenting terrestrial patterns brings the best chance for action on almost all Park streams this time of year.  The fastest action on still waters will be enjoyed the most on such as Beula and Riddle Lakes where gulpers work until the wind comes up.  Then switching to small bead head nymph or leech patterns takes over as being most effective.

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