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Yellowstone Park 6-21-16

Good news for all you Beula Lake fans. The Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road is open. It’s a bit rough in places, so drive your vehicle accordingly. In the early season damselfly nymph and small leech patterns work best here. Cinnamon caddis, speckled dun, and damselfly emergences are not far away. Access to Fall River is also open at several places along the Ashton-Flagg Road. River flow is low for the time of year because April was warm enough to melt a good amount of snow at higher elevation.  Dry fly fishing is good along the river with PMDs, yellow sallies, caddisflies, and some green drakes emerging. Wind blown giant and golden stoneflies will bring trout to the surface.   Compare the visits to Fall River Basin with those to the Yellowstone and Madison drainages within the Park, and you will see why the Basin is such a great place to fly-fish. We can provide information for fishing Fall River Basin throughout the fishing season. It’s at your finger tips if you get in touch with us!

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Yellowstone Park 6-18-19

Give Fall River Basin streams another week or so and dry fly conditions will prevail.  Our trip into Bechler Meadows yesterday resulted in wet fly conditions with streamer patterns fished deep being the best producers. As per usual this time of year the mosquito population is fierce, their nature the same, meadows a bit wet, and wildlife signs abundant. The Firehole River is still fishing very well, but with warm weather coming up, look for trout activity to begin tapering off.  Dry fly fishing on the Madison River is improving with PM caddisfly and oncoming PMD hatches providing action. If you are willing to carry a flotation device into Shoshone Lake and concentrate on fishing around weed beds with leech, scud, and streamer patterns, your reward will be non-stop action from juvenile lake trout (17″-21″), and a few brown and brook trout. Be sure to use a full-sink line.  Trout Lake opened to fishing on the 15th of this month. Some of the largest cutthroat-rainbow trout in the park reside here, and the next few weeks will be the best time encounter them until the lake begins it usual algae bloom.  Run-off prevails on Lamar River drainage stream but is decreasing.

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Yellowstone Park 6-7-16

The Ashton-Flagg Road is closed from South Boone Creek on east. Road damage from there to Calf Creek Hill needs repair and snow  is on the road above. So several more days of closure are likely.  Warm weather is increasing snow melt on plateaus above Fall River Basin, thus expect its streams to continue to rise and cool. Lewis and Shoshone Lakes are ice free and fishing will be good for the rest of the month for those who fish from boats. Best success will be around submerged weed beds where leech, scud, and streamer patterns presented on full-sink lines work best. Expect good streamer fishing on Lewis River Channel before and after boat traffic passes.  The Firehole River offers good early season fishing thanks to BWO, caddisfly, and white miller hatches. Expect plenty of company there!  Most Hebgen Lake ‘bows are out of the Madison River within the Park. Look for resident fish there to respond to caddisfly and upcoming PMD emergences.

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Yellowstone Park 6-4-16

Firehole is fishing very well, but there may be more folks fishing than there are fish! Caddis and BWO life cycle patterns work well, and white millers should show any day. Duck Creek is in great shape, but where are those big browns. Other than that, ‘bows and brookies respond to such as dragonfly and damselfly nymph patterns. Some Hebgen Lake bows remain in the  Madison River moving back to the lake. Best place to encounter them would be presenting streamer patterns around Baker’s Hole.  Fall River Basin streams have been in good shape recently with resident trout responding to streamers. Warmer weather could bring run-off from snow remaining on the plateaus at the top of the drainage. Ashton-Flagg Road west end remains closed at Calf Creek Hill.

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Yellowstone Park 10-21-15

It’s brown trout season in the park with all streams hosting brown trout having migrations to spawning areas. Gallatin, Gardner, Gibbon, Lewis, Madison and Snake Rivers are being targeted for productive streamer fishing. Some of us fished the Beaver Meadows of the Madison River yesterday and experienced not only brown trout migrating out of Hebgen Reservoir, but rainbows doing the same.  Even the weather participated with overcast skies, no wind, and a drizzling rain.  Overflow of fly-fishers from the Park’s West Entrance Highway participated making fishing somewhat crowded, but the further away one traveled from access points the more solitude could be realized.   Word was out that the Firehole River BWO hatch was going on big time. So for those folks favoring dry fly fishing for fish to moderate size, this was and likely remains a great location until the park fishing season closes end of the day the first Sunday in November.

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Yellowstone Park 10-17-15

The Madison River drainage is very popular for fly-fishers these days for two reasons. First, run-up Hebgen Lake browns and rainbows are making for good streamer fishing in the Madison and lower Gibbon Rivers.  BWO emergences on the Firehole River and Gibbon River are making for good action, and with a storm likely coming on, could be even better.  Outside of the Madison River, Yellowstone River browns are beginning to move into the lower Gardner River.  Browns are in the Lewis River Channel big time, but so are anglers. Its the most numerous run of browns in park waters. Strategy for best fishing here is to camp overnight at the outlet, and be on the river at first light, because after the hoards of anglers move in, the browns develop “lock jaw” from  resulting human turmoil.  The same applies to browns going to the  Lewis Lake outlet: stay the night at the nearby campground and get to the water at first light to beat oncoming crowds. Do you prefer presenting dry flies?  Terrestrial insects are still numerous along Fall River Basin streams, but likely NFL (not for long).

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Yellowstone Park 9-8-15

The Forest Service is closing the Ashton-Flagg Ranch Road in late September through October in order for heavy equipment to perform some upgrades.  More details on the closure can be obtained from the Caribou-Targhee National Forest web site. We place this announcement here because the road provides access for fishing waters in the south side of Fall River Basin within and outside the Park. Access to Grassy Lake Reservoir and the Beula Lake trail head will be available from the east end of the road at Flagg Ranch Resort. Speaking of Beula Lake, now that the nearby scout camp is closed for the season, your chance for solitude while fishing there is a lot better.

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Yellowstone Park 9-1-15

As with anywhere else you are considering to visit, expect crowds on Park waters. The best chance for getting away from crowds is to be willing to walk a bit. The second meadow above on Slough  Creek would be a good choice. So would the Bechler Meadows streams Bechler River and Boundary Creek. In fact, the creek would be less crowded of the two, especially in the upper meadow. Walking downstream from Nez Perce Ford on Yellowstone River can get you into some large cutthroat trout, and the further you walk, the less the crowding.   Lamar River above the cascades and in the meadows will be crowded, but walking upstream to such as Cache Creek will get you away from the bulk of crowds. Very few folks walk into the meadows along the middle of the Lewis River Channel between Lewis and Shoshone Lakes.  The Gallatin River along the highway will be popular, but you can avoid crowds by walking up the Big Horn trail a few miles to a meadow reach or up Fan Creek a mile or so to another meadow reach.  Spruce moths will supplement the other terrestrial insects on these.

I seem to be stressing meadow sections of these streams, and for good reason: terrestrial insects abound in these, and for now will provide your best chance of fishing success, even tho’ tricos are coming out on some waters. In all of these be “bear aware.” Bring the spray and a noise maker. The “noise maker” can be a loud talking buddy, but a boat horn, AKA “claxon horn,” is an even better choice. You can find one for under ten bucks at any marine supply shop or mega-store sporting goods department.  It fits easily in a shirt or vest pocket and weighs next to nothing. Be assured that it will carry a lot further than any loud talking buddy you might have!

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Yellowstone Park 8-29-15

Terrestrial insect patterns bring the best action on all park streams this time of year. This is a fact, but trying a dry adult damselfly pattern brings the same response on still waters and slow moving reaches of all streams. Give one a try. You will be pleasantly surprised. Beula Lake continues to offer the fastest action in the park, and presenting a dry damselfly pattern there will cut you off a chunk of it.

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