We received a message from Yellowstone Park Visitor’s Service Office that most of the lakes in the Park have much of their surfaces covered with ice. The Office warns that most of this ice is unsafe for holding any weight and that falling through it would result in immersion in very cold water resulting in a low survival rate. If you plan to fish any of the Park’s lakes in the upcoming days, consider calling the Visitor’s Service Office, 307-344-2107 or -2109 to determine surface conditions where you plan to visit.
Fishing is good on The Firehole River. Try swinging soft hackle flies through runs. Caddis and BWOs are getting interest from trout. Look for some early PMDs to emerge. The Madison is high and a bit discolored, but run-up rainbows from Hebgen Lake may strike at a deeply fished streamer pattern.