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Yellowstone Park 7-26-16

Some of the fastest fishing in the park can be experienced currently at Beula Lake. Speckled dun and damselfly emergences and egg laying actions will bring cutthroat trout to the surface, while nymph and small leech patterns will interest those staying subsurface. Getting there is a bit slow because of the Ashton-Flagg Ranch surface condition and the 2.5 mile hike, but there are no major road construction projects to deal with on the way as are underway on US Highways 20 and 26.


Yellowstone Park 7-19-16

Some green drakes remain on Yellowstone River where it is open to fishing in the Hayden Valley area. Pelican Creek, except for the lower two miles, is now open to fishing, but is only a shadow of its former self. Some post-spawning cutthroat are heading back to the lake and will take most small or medium sized fly patterns offered. Beula Lake is living up to its reputation of being a great fishery.  Try small leech and damselfly nymph patterns for best wet flies. Dry adult damsel patterns work well close to shorelines and lily pad beds before and after mid-day winds take over.  Look for speckled dun and cinnamon caddis life cycle patterns to be effective soon. Only “fly in the ointment” is that the Ashton-Flagg Road is rough and dusty, so drive carefully.  If you plan to enter the Park west entrance from the south via U. S. Highway 20, see our road construction delay comments on the Henry’s Fork fishing report.


Yellowstone Park 7-16-16

The Firehole River is now warm enough that you do its trout a favor by fishing elsewhere. Brown drake hatches are done for the year on Duck Creek and the Gibbon River meadow reaches. Concentrate on presenting terrestrial patterns for better dry fly fishing on these. Slough Creek is fishing well through presenting terrestrial patterns (but hosts almost as many fly-fishers as fish). Also concentrate on presenting these on Bechler River and Boundary Creek. Yellowstone River is now open to fishing above the falls. Big stoneflies are about to go through. Fishing on Shoshone Lake tapers off this time of year, but picks up in September, same with Lewis Lake. If you intend to fish Fall River in the park, water releases from Grassy Lake much impact fishing success this time of year. These releases happen on irrigation demand, and can be irregular well into August. For a few days after such a release wet fly fishing (streamers, wooly bugger types, SJ worms, etc.) beats dry fly fishing if you want to encounter the large cut-bows present in the river.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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).