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Yellowstone Park 7-30-13

Some  meadow streams here are doing fairly well with respect to water flow. Fall River Basin streams and the Gibbon River are amongst these.  The Lamar River and other northeast corner streams are not so lucky with flows considerably below normal.  So fish early, fish late really applies there. For all these your best chances will be days with enough cumulus clouds to threaten thunder showers.  Cumulus clouds indicate  increased relative humidity, and this helps much in aquatic insect hatches.  Drier air of those bright days means these insects will dry out more quickly allowing shorter time to mate and lay eggs, so they have evolved to hatch in bigger numbers when relative humidity increases.  This coupled with good water flows (such as in Fall River Basin streams) hints at when and where to find best fishing success during these hot dry days.  All this really does not apply to terrestrial insects, but add the active aquatic insects (speckled duns are in case in the waters given above) and you have a better chance at good fishing!

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Yellowstone Park 7-23-13

These bright, warm days make for tough daytime fishing on all streams, but on meadow streams in particular.  So in such as Fall River Basin streams, Duck Creek ( see recent article), Gibbon River, and Slough Creek timbered reaches are likely to offer the best fishing.  For Bechler River and Boundary Creek this means the forested reaches above the meadows.  For Fall River it means timbered reaches between each meadow.  For Duck Creek it means the south side above the upper meadows; for the Gibbon River the timber above Gibbon Meadows. For Slough Creek it means the under-fished timbered reach between the first and second meadows above the campground.   Hoppers are becoming important on all streams, but “fish early, fish late” applies.  When doing so, do not overlook trying a hair mouse pattern!

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Yellowstone Park 7-20-13

We offer much information about meadow streams such as in Fall River Basin, along upper Slough Creek, and Pelican Creek which is on the rebound.  Size of the fish, scenic beauty, and solitude make these places among the most enjoyable that can be visited. For many anglers seeking meadow streams, however, the problem is the long walks required to reach the best waters on these.  Let’s suggest some meadow streams that do not require hours of walking to and from.   The Lamar River above the canyon is fishing well now.  So are the Gibbon River in meadow reaches above the canyon, lower Slough Creek, and the Lewis River below the Falls and adjacent to the South Entrance highway.  Very large trout reside in each of these, and for each of these waters you need to be stealthy and knowledgeable with respect to approach. Terrestrial patterns, PMD life cycle, damselfly life cycle, patterns for diminishing brown drakes are  best for now, and in these warm, bright days the axiom “fish early, fish late” applies.  But being adjacent to major roads means that many anglers will accompany you on each of these. So we offer a meadow stream on which you cannot expect little or no company, is  in beautiful country, hosts a variety of very large trout, and requires a minimal walk.  Want to read more about this water? Go to our Articles page and read about Duck Creek in Yellowstone Park.

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Yellowstone Park 7-13-13

Bechler Meadows opens to horse traffic on July 15th.   With the river dropping and ultra-clear, successful fishing will be tougher than any place around.  So if you want to test your dry fly skills, this is the place. If you are in the meadows and want action for sure, try Boundary Creek. The fish are smaller to be sure, but there are some large enough to be a credit anywhere and surprise you.  Start relying on your favorite small (#18) PMD patterns.  Hoppers are several days away in the meadows, but ant, beetle, and deer or horsefly (try the “out of style” humpy in size12) patterns, gently and precisely placed, will work.

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Yellowstone Park 7-9-13

Watching Fall River flow gauges and regional weather reports convinced me that it was time to head to Fall River Basin yesterday for some dry fly fishing.  I could not have timed it better as the river in Bechler Meadows was in perfect shape for such fishing, with a sky filled with cumulus clouds, higher than normal relative humidity, and only a slight breeze. PMDs began emerging (only a few green drakes, however) about lunch time and kept going until high winds put them down just after 4PM.  Before that fish responded with gusto.  I was a bit  “out of style” by using a #14 blond humpy, but the fish did not care.  More proof that it is not so much the particular fly used, but how it is presented.  Good dry fly fishing should remain in all Fall River Basin streams for several days now, given partly cloudy and relatively humid conditions prevailing.  Look for the same on similar Park waters including Slough Creek, Lamar River, meadow reaches of the Lewis and Gibbon Rivers, Pelican Creek, and Duck Creek. But avoid the bright, cloudless, and dry days for best fishing success on such waters.

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Yellowstone Park 7-2-13

It is time to consider the evening brown drake hatches on Duck Creek and the upper Gibbon River.   Best time for either is late evening to twilight.  Duck Creek holds the larger fish, and will be the least crowded of the two.  This warm weather signals a decline in salmonid activity on the Firehole River. Many of the fish will seek out cooler water where tribs enter or go into the tribs fo relief.

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Yellowstone Park 6-29-13

I promised a report on fishing Bechler Meadows, so here goes. We walked in as planned last Wednesday. There had been about an inch of rain in the area in the last few days, so the Cave Falls road was dust free.  Too bad the mosquitoes (bad!) had not been drowned by that rain! We arrived at the river about mid morning to see that it was still low for the time of year, but had gained water (a long term blessing this year!)because of the recent rain. Not much happened on top until around 3PM when water temp warmed enough to begin the PMD emergence.   With that, those big hybrids began reacting, but not with usual gusto because of earthworms, etc. washed into stream by rain-induced flow increase.  We caught some fish up to around four pounds, then left to find a “grizzly bear calling card” smack in mid-trail on the way out.  Considering trying the river or Boundary Creek this low water year? Better hurry!  Elsewhere the Madison River inside the Park features great afternoon action from fish responding to PMD and caddisfly hatches. Lewis River streamer fishing is holding up, and northeast corner streams are losing run-off . Shoshone Lake remains good fishing for those anglers using boats or ‘tubes to get out to submerged weed beds where black leech and scud patterns are producing.  Heart Lake Basin opens to fishing Monday, July 1st. Likely because of low, warm water best fishing by wading will be the river just below the lake where those big cutts will be looking for giant stoneflies flying  from the canyon below.

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Yellowstone Park 6-25-13

Fishing is holding up well with PMDs and caddisflies making the Madison River a destination.  Firehole River is beginning to warm, but fishing is holding up.   Some of the best current streamer fishing in the Park is on the Lewis River.  Be ready to fish around boats and canoes heading into Shoshone Lake.   Best  way to avoid this traffic is to fish in the late afternoon and evening.  Green drakes should be hatching on the river below Lewis Lake.   We are heading into Bechler Meadows tomorrow where river and Boundary Creek should be in good shape for dry fly fishing.   Sallys and PMDs should bring fish to the top to feed.  Expect a report later this week.

 

 

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Yellowstone Park 6-22-13

We fished the river in Bechler Meadows Thursday.  Purple camas bloom is at its peak.  Fishing was tough considering the effort we put in.  Water is quite low for this time of year, but some fish responded to wet flies.  Good dry fly fishing should begin soon beginning with isoperla and PMD activity.  Hopefully green drakes and brown drakes will appear next.  And yes, mosquitoes are out in the usual good numbers making DEET a valuable commodity.  Bring  a raincoat because t-showers are common this time of year. We were hit by one that dropped air temps about 25 deg. F and made rain go sideways.   So glad I was wearing a pair of Simms Goretex Pac-Lite pants to ward off wind and rain.  What a terrific product for when weather acts up!   Come in and look these over.

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Yellowstone Park 6-18-13

We will be in Bechler Meadows tomorrow, so expect a report on the results of fishing the river. Right now run-off is leaving all Fall River Basin streams, so we will be looking for the emergence  sequence beginning with isoperla stoneflies, PMDs, green drakes and on to brown drakes.  The Ashton Forest Service Office tells us the Flagg Ranch Road is open at least to the Targhee, Bridger-Teton National Forest border at the far end of Grassy Lake.  Now it is possible to walk into Beula Lake to enjoy cutts responding to damselflies.

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