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Jimmy's All Seasons Angler / Yellowstone Park (Page 9)

Yellowstone Park 6-15-13

We packed float tubes down DeLacey Creek trail to Shoshone Lake two days ago and were met by eager juvenile lake trout trout that would not quit hitting.  A few good sized (up to 15″) brookies joined in, but the browns did not.  If you are looking for back country fly-fishing that is sure to produce  a great experience, and this  big lake offers it, here is what you need: good enough physical shape to back-pack a float tube, fins, INSULATED waders, fly-fishing gear, raincoat, etc., six miles round trip.  Here’s what works: get out in the lake and present small leech (black in size 10 is best) or scud patterns (orange in size 14 is best) on top of weed beds through using a full sink line. The lake trout average 17-21″ and in the cold (47 Deg. F.) water put up a credible fight.   The Park Service encourages keeping these fish, but carrying out five fish this size makes the walk out  tougher.  So  take out the results of using that filet knife, and put the rest back in the lake.  Elsewhere in the Park, fishing on the Firehole River is holding up very well (see our last report on fishing Yellowstone Park waters).  PMDs are making great PM fishing on the Madison River, and a few golden stones are showing up there. Run-off is beginning to leave Fall River Basin streams.  Streams in the northeast corner of the Park are high but beginning to drop in flow.

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Yellowstone Park 6-11-13

Warm weather is melting snow on Pitchstone and Madison Plateaus. This means flow into Fall River Basin streams is increasing.  Ice has been off Shoshone and Lewis Lakes for weeks. We will be packing float tubes down the DeLacey Trail to Shoshone Lake in a few days (hoping for some of those gorgeous browns, but sure to get into juvenile macks), so look for a report on fishing there afterwards.   Lewis River between Shoshone and Lewis Lakes is a great choice now for fishing streamers.  Firehole River is warming up, but fishing remains good as related in our June 8th report.  Same with Duck and Cougar Creeks.  U.S. Forest Service Ashton Office recommends only four-wheel drive vehicles from bottom of Calf Creek Hill east on the Flagg Ranch Road.

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Yellowstone Park 6-8-13

Firehole River is still producing  with BWO, Caddis and White Miller patterns presented, but lots’a of fly-fishers are present. Duck Creek remains good, challenging fishing with small leech patterns and any thing resembling a worm cluster.  Tough-to-fish, little Cougar Creek offers some good fishing if you do not mind bushwhacking.  Fall River Basin streams will have added run-off with this warming weather, but when run-off is over look for some great fishing.

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Yellowstone Park 6-1-13

Fish responding to BWO, caddisfly, and white miller hatches make the Firehole River the star of the show here. Water is lower than normal meaning that the river will warm up quickly as we pass through June. So go enjoy the action on this beautiful river ASAP.   Duck Creek is producing big rainbows,  a few big browns and some brookies.  But this great small stream will challenge the heck out of you.  If you do not like presenting  streamer patterns, try a dragonfly nymph pattern or your favorite nymph pattern under an indicator.  Bring all the stealth you possess!

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Yellowstone Park 5-25-13

Yellowstone Park’s fishing season opens today, so it is time to pass on some information on fishing there this time of year. The Firehole River will be the stream drawing the most attention for a while with  legendary BWO and caddis activity  (Don’t overlook presenting  dragonfly and damselfly nymph patterns on slower reaches).   Gibbon River, Duck and Cougar creeks are in fishing condition.  The Madison River will host a few Hebgen Lake rainbows heading home, but better fishing days there are around the corner.   The Ashton-Flagg Road will not open until the end of June, so those great fisheries east of Calf Creek Hill along the Park’s south boundary are not accessible until then. You can walk  into Bechler Meadows and even fish some of Fall River Meadows, but high water will limit you big time.  The best days fishing in the Park are ahead, and we will keep you well informed of their arrival and progress on this web site.

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Yellowstone Park 10-30-12

Last day of the fishing season here is November 4th.  A few days remain to enjoy browns migrating in the Madison, Lewis, Snake, and Gardner river systems.  Big streamers and bugger types work well them.  It’s a good idea to check the Park web site to observe road and weather conditions before traveling into the interior here.

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Yellowstone Park 10-27-12

The Park has closed several roads because of recent snows.  If you are planning a trip to the Park’s interior, it is a good idea to check its web site for road closures and weather forecasts.  Such as the Madison River along the West Entrance Highway and around Baker’s Hole remain accessible, as does Duck and Grayling  creeks and the Gallatin River. On the south side of the Park the Snake River, featuring a late season brown trout run, is accessible.  For all these streamer fishing is the name of the game.

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Yellowstone Park 10-23-12

Once again weather becomes important in your plans to fish Park waters.  Little of the Park is under six thousand feet in elevation, thus a nice day at four thousand feet in elevation doesn’t mean the same at six or seven thousand feet.  So go prepared with warm clothing including a shell to protect from precipitation and rest assured that will be no more wet wading this year!  Streamer fishing for migrating browns and rainbows and foraging cutthroat will get you into the biggest fish, but BWOs emerging from the Firehole River will make a visit for the top water enthusiast worth considering.

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Yellowstone Park 10-20-12

Brown trout migration is the major Park fishing attraction this time of year, and there are several choice for enjoying this event.  My long-time favorites are the Beaver Meadows of the Madison River and the Lewis River above and below Lewis Lake.  On both of these large streamers are the key, with some in bright and some in somber colors.  Low light conditions are usually best in both places.  Fish in the smaller Lewis River can be stressed more easily, so the best time to fish it is mainly from first light until mid morning when visiting anglers begin to accumulate.   The number of brown trout migrating in this system is the largest  in the Park.  In the larger Beaver Meadows reach of the Madison River, I have had days where good luck lasts the entire day, so long as I fish deep.  But do not restrict your visits to these locations. The run of Yellowstone  River browns into the Gardner River and that of browns into the Snake River above the South Entrance,  are now in progress.  So are runs in Duck Creek, Grayling Creek and into the Gibbon River.  So you don’t like pitching streamer patterns this tome of year?  Try presenting BWO life cycle patterns during afternoon visits to the Firehole River.

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