Happy Father’s Day! Fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park has been solid, if you’re on the Firehole that is :). Despite flows reaching 1160 cfs this past week, the trout in the Firehole still ate Baetis, PMD’s, and Caddis off the surface. Best places to find rising fish were below Midway Geyser Basin and in the Fountain Flats area. Below the confluence with Nez Perce creek there was less surface activity due to this creek dumping in a lot of cold water into the system. Due to chillier than normal air temps, afternoon hatches were the norm sometimes beginning as late as 3pm. Salmonflies have begun to emerge in the Firehole Canyon, but due to the wet weather have not really begun to start flying. Look for these big prehistoric bugs to show themselves on sunny, warm days. In the meantime, nymphing stonelfy patterns on the edges has produced some fine trout. Yellowstone Lake is open and fishing pretty well. Larger cutthroat to 24″ have been taken on streamers on sinking lines around Grant Village and West Thumb. The remote arms of the lake have fished well with better numbers of fish. Inquire about our jetboat trips to these special parts of the lake. Lewis Lake is ice-free on two-thirds of the lake. We expect it to be totally thawed by Monday, but the boat ramp still needs a bit of plowing for us to run trips there. Stay tuned for updates on this….. Best Flies: #18 BWO Micro Mayfly, #18 CDC BWO Emergers, #16-18 PMD Soft Hackles, #16 Caddis Soft Hackles, #16 BRF PMD Cripple, #18 BWO Cripples, #6 Rubberlegs
Yellowstone is open to fly fishing! We were out this past holiday weekend sampling the Firehole River near Fountain Flats. Since it was the “beginning of summer” it dumped snow all day 🙂 The trout didn’t mind though, every fish in the river was up eating off the surface. The action started around noon and lasted until 6pm. Swinging Baetis soft hackles were really good until 3pm and then PMD soft hackles and cripples were the ticket to catching. As temps warm this week, we expect to Caddis begin to emerge in the afternoon and go until dusk. Also, look for Salmonflies in the Firehole Canyon by the beginning of next week. Lewis Lake is still frozen, but we expect to be running trips here by the 12th. Yellowstone Lake opens June 15th! Best Flies: #18-20 Baetis soft hackles, #20 BRF Baetis Cripple, #18 PT Soft Hackle, #16 PMD Cripples, #10-12 Wooly Buggers
The annual Summit on the Snake takes place tomorrow Saturday June 4, 2011 at the Teton Science Schools Jackson Campus. This year there are a variety of excellent speakers from organizations such as American Rivers, Greater Yellowstone Coalition, Teton Raptor Center, Trout Unlimited, Grand Teton National Park, NOLS, and Aerie Wilderness Medicine. See you there!