Yellowstone National Park closed yesterday for the 2010 summer season. The weather has been amazing with temps reaching into the lower 60’s! Not the best for BWO hatches, but very enjoyable. The Madison drainage has been stuffed with run up browns, with nymphs and streamers the best way to catch them. The Lewis River drainage has been stellar as well with fish up to 24″ being landed. Flies are the same as the last report.
Fly fishing on the Snake River here in Jackson Hole remains very good! Warm weather has been good for Midge hatches beginning around noon. There have also been BWO’s present, but this hatch will intensify with the nastier weather that is supposed to arrive this week. Streamers have been productive through the day, but best in the late afternoons. Cutthroat are podded up in slow riffles and at the ends of longer runs. They will remain in these winter lies until May. Stay tuned for more reports on the Snake through the winter. Best Flies: Griffith’s Gnat #18-20, Zelon Midge #20, Pablo’s BWO Cripple #18-20, Parachute Adams #18-20, #4 Olive/White Clouser Minnows, #6 Black Leech
Fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park has seen a boost in the rivers that hold brown trout runs. The Madison River drainage, including the lower Firehole and Gibbon Rivers, is chock full of run-up browns from Hebgen Lake and also the rainbows that follow them. Swinging fall soft hackles and streamers has been a great way to find large fish, especially early in the morning and just before sundown. Baetis and Caddis hatches have the fish looking up and eating off the surface daily. The Firehole River above the falls has also been fishing well during Baetis and Caddis times. These fish are smaller, but they are very bit as picky as any larger fish out there. Cripples and emergers are very effective for these choosy fish. The Lewis River channel between Lewis and Shoshone Lakes is full of browns currently as well. Both lakes are fishing well near their inlets and outlets too. Get there early to beat the rush! Best Flies: #16 X2 Caddis, #17 Iris Caddis, #20-22 Q’s Loopwing Baetis, #20 Pablo’s BWO Cripple, #18-20 Zebra Midge, #18-20 Baetis Soft Hackles, #6 JJ’s Special, #6 Black Leech
American Express Travel recently named Jackson Hole it’s #1 Ski Destination for romantic couples. Typically the resort town gets accolades for it’s terrain or snow quality, but this time the amenities are shining the brightest. We like to think it’s pretty special during the summer as well…….