Yellowstone fly fishing report 5.28.17

Firehole River Yellowstone National park

The Firehole River on day one of the 2017 Yellowstone fly fishing season

Yellowstone Fly fishing report – Firehole River

The Yellowstone fly fishing season opened yesterday! Opening day typically means dry flies on the Firehole River, but this year nymphs and wet flies were the best. We began our day in the Firehole Canyon with flows around 500 cfs. Flows had dropped from 1000 cfs a few days earlier with cooler weather and some light rain. Word was that the Stonefly nymphs were already on the banks, so we had to see for ourselves.

Yellowstone fly fishing - Firehole canyon

Salmonfly and Golden Stone nymphs in the Firehole Canyon

The Stonefly nymphs were there and the trout were looking for them! We fished #4-10 Rubberlegs with varying droppers – #12 Prince nymph, #16 Pheasant Tails and Red Copper Johns. We found several willing trout in the slower moving runs close to the Gibbon confluence. A few Brown trout even ate big foam dry flies in the pocket water closer to the falls.

Fish on Firehole River

Fish on!

After lunch we moved upstream to look for some more dry fly fishing. We were deterred by the crowds at Fountain Flat. We kept going to the Mallard Creek area and found fewer people. The long runs in this area looked promising for finding trout rising to dry flies, but we only found a few fish looking up. They were willing trout and smashed a #16 Yellow Film Critic on first pass.

Upper Firehole River

Good dry fly water

Yellowstone brown trout

Yes, I do like dry flies!


The water was still a bit high, and as a result nymphs and wet flies were more consistent. Red Copper Johns and Pheasant Tails were really all you needed. Swinging small yellow soft hackles through the riffles was also very productive.

All in all, it was a solid day on the Firehole. The flow drop definitely helped the fly fishing. Weather for the next week is forecast to remain in the 50’s, so it looks like flows will remain consistent in the 500-600 cfs range. We will be run guided Yellowstone fishing trips here for at least the next three weeks.


Yellowstone fly fishing – Lewis Lake

Lewis Lake Yellowstone

Is that a boat ramp?

I drove through the Lewis River drainage on my way up to the Firehole and stopped to see how Lewis Lake looked. It looked great, if you were going to ski across it! The parking lot was plowed, but the boat ramp and lake itself were still under a couple feet of snow and ice.

Frozen Lewis Lake

Got skis?

What a difference a year makes! On Opening Day in 2016,we motored all the way to the Lewis Channel and caught numerous trout. Lewis Lake should thaw out by June 10th, but it all depends on the weather!

Call us at 307-690-1139 for the latest Yellowstone fly fishing report and to book your trip!

Yellowstone brown trout

Yellowstone National Park fly fishing report 11.17.16

The fishing season in Yellowstone Park closed with a bang!! The weather since our last fishing report has mostly been wet, which is truly a blessing after one of the driest Summer seasons on record here in Wyoming. A lot of this moisture came slow and steady, which kept the rivers around here fishable before they all blew out in last week of the month. The fly fishing on the Upper Snake River as it dropped was off the chart!

Yellowstone Snake River

Pumpkin brown trout from the Snake River in Yellowstone

I had the pleasure of spending a day with Bob and Adler Mercier chasing browns as the Snake dropped mid-month. Bob was a former hunting guide near Torrington and wanted to show Adler what the great state of Wyoming was all about. We arrived to the perfect storm of conditions for big brown trout- dropping flows, scuzzy weather, and a fresh run of browns up from Jackson Lake. We put several trout in the 20″ class in the net that day and I overheard Adler telling Bob, “Dad, I don’t want to leave Wyoming!” The skies cleared and it warmed up considerably in to the first week of November. We were reaching daytime highs close to 60 degrees as the Park was closing for the year, which is rare to say the least. I had a free day to run up to Lewis Lake with a couple of buddies and we had a blast. We launched into the fog and perfectly still conditions which I had never experienced there before, what a treat!
Lewis Lake fog Yellowstone

Where does the fog end and Lewis Lake begin?

We rigged up as the fog cleared and sight fished a handful of spooky Lake trout and even a few nice Browns that had not yet begun to spawn. Our best action was at the inlet to the Lake to cruising trout. The Lake trout near Mac Point were not to be found and the outlet bay held more brown trout.
Lewis Lake Yellowstone brown trout

Fish the Fly owner Jason Balogh is all smiles!

Needless to say we can’t wait until opening day of fishing season in Yellowstone Park next year! Mark your calendars for May 27, 2017 and come join us!  

Yellowstone brown trout October

Yellowstone National Park Fishing Report 10.20.16

Yellowstone fly fishing

Gorgeous October brown trout from Yellowstone!

Our thoughts have turned to chasing brown trout in Yellowstone with all this snow we have had recently! We’ve received alot of moisture this month already and above 8000 feet it has been snow. Good news for early snowpack numbers and putting out any remaining fires in the area. It’s also great news for chasing Brown trout as they make their way to spawn in November. You can find aggressive Browns in the Upper Snake River, Lewis Lake system, or the Madison River system in Yellowstone National Park. The Madison receives a great run of Browns and Rainbows that follow them up from Hebgen Lake. These trout get a good amount of pressure from anglers out of West Yellowstone, but fly fishing to them is still productive and fun especially with streamers or soft hackles. The Firehole River also sees epic Baetis and Midge hatches in October and is rarely crowded this time of year… We tend to focus our attention on the Upper Snake and Lewis Rivers since they are closer to Jackson Hole, WY. The Browns in the Snake River run up from Jackson Lake and are healthy trout that don’t see much pressure. These fish are trying to find their way back to Lewis Lake where their ancestors originated, but are blocked by a series of waterfalls on the Lewis River. We love to throw JJ’s Specials, Black/Copper Zonkers, Dungeons, or even Stonefly nymphs with PT droppers to these Browns. Lewis Lake is also a great fishery for both Browns and Lake trout. The Lewis Channel, inlet/outlet and Brookie Bay are great places to find these bruisers. We use our driftboats to access all of these hot spots. Give us a call to book a Yellowstone guided fishing trip to any of these fisheries!

Yellowstone Fishing Report 6.9.15

Fly fishing in Yellowstone Park has been pretty fun lately! There are a few venues worth visiting at this point – Firehole River – All of this rain has produced great BWO and PMD hatches on the Firehole recently. Good fly fishing begins around 9am with Spinner Falls and lasts into the early afternoon or possibly later if it’s cloudy.  Your favorite PMD or BWO cripple pattern with a traditional presentation should produce trout. If it’s warm and sunny, think Caddis. Swinging soft hackles is a fun way to catch trout on these days.  Remember that if you see splashy rises or trout jumping out of the water for something, they are looking for Caddis.  Tan X-Caddis are always good here, but don’t forget about White Miller Caddis patterns as well… Madison River – there are Salmonflies flying here! As always, the Madison in Yellowstone can be a fickle fishery, so be prepared to fish the big dries, nymph, or swing soft hackles/streamers.  Don’t forget to cover some ground, the determined fisher is rewarded here.. Lewis Lake- this has been a very consistent fishery for us recently with both spin and fly gear. Best fly tactics on the lake consist of sink-tip and full-sink lines with leech patterns and streamers that imitate brown trout fry.  Try ledges/drop-offs, and the inlet and outlet areas for the most consistent fishing for Brown and Lake trout 14″-22″. Hatches are starting up here and the Browns are following the bugs to shallower water, making them more visible and bringing the sight-fishing game more into play. Stay tuned for further details.

Fly fishing Yellowstone National Park

Cooper gets it done on a recent Yellowstone fishing trip

Yellowstone Park fishing report 5.19.15

Yellowstone opens to fishing this coming Saturday May 23rd! We are excited for the worlds first National Park to open and the fishing to begin. You will find us on Lewis Lake chasing Brown trout and Lake trout with streamers and nymphs. It’s not often we are able to fish Lewis on opening day, but since we had such a warm Spring, the lake iced-off earlier than usual. Since the lake has been ice free for a few weeks now, we expect to see the fish in the shallows. Streamers that imitate Leeches and small brown trout work well here. I’ll also be looking for Brown Drakes and March browns that hatch this time of year. Maybe we’ll get lucky and be able to fish a few dry flies! Give us a shout if you’d like to join us- 307-690-1139.  We will be running fishing trips to Yellowstone Park daily after this Saturday, so check back here for the latest fishing report    

Yellowstone Fly Fishing Report 6.18.14

We have been running numerous fishing trips in Yellowstone recently, mostly to the Firehole River and Lewis Lake.  Both are fishing well and will continue to do so for the next couple of weeks. Firehole River- We are seeing Caddis and PMD hatches daily now.  Sunny, warm days are the most reliable for Caddis action and cooler, cloudy days are best for PMD’s.  There is a PMD Spinner Fall starting by 10am from Muleshoe Bend down to Fountain Flats. A #16 PMD Spinner pattern will get you into plenty of trout.  After that, emergences take over and can last until 5pm on cloudy days. Salmonflies and Yellow Sallies are hatching in the Cnayon near Madison Junction. Flies- #14-16 Prince,#14-16 Peacock Soft Hackles, #16-18 PMD Sparkle Duns,#16-18 PMD Film Critics, #16-18 Quigley Cripples Lewis Lake- It’s been fun out on Lewis! Subsurface Baitfish imitations have produced well when stripped on full sinking lines, try JJ’s Specials, Rubber Buggers, Olive/White Clousers. Scud/Mysis Shrimp, Leech, and Calliebaetis patterns have been good on floating or intermediate lines with a hand-twist retrieve over flats and along drop-offs.  Flies- #12-14 CDC PT’s, #8-10Wooly Buggers, Mohair Leeches, Rickard’s Leeches  

Double from the Firehole River!

Double from the Firehole River!

Yellowstone fly fishing report – 5.31.14

Yellowstone National Park opened to fly fishing a week ago to little fanfare. Abnormally high daytime temperatures melted our dense snowpack and the Firehole River rose to record levels in a matter of a few days making fishing very tough.  Both Yellowstone and Lewis Lakes still had ice on them leaving us dreaming of days to come… This week will be a different story! Flows are dropping on the Firehole to fishable levels and a few rain showers should spark the Mayfly emergences that this river is known for.  Look for PMD’s and BWO’s to pop during inclement weather, especially in the afternoons. The ice is off Yellowstone Lake and there is some decent fishing to be had.  It takes a few weeks for the water here to warm up and the trout to move into the shallows.  Lewis Lake is just now icing off on the edges and should ice-free by the end of the week.  It doesn’t seem to take quite as long for the fishing to get going on Lewis since Brown and Lake trout aren’t afraid of cold water. We’re pumped to be fishing in Yellowstone!! Give us a call at 307-690-1139 to book a trip or check out our  Yellowstone fly fishing page on our website..  

Firehole River, Yellowstone National Park

Firehole River, Yellowstone National Park


Fly Fishing Report Yellowstone Park 4.15.14

Fish the Fly is excited to announce that it has received a CUA to operate fishing trips in Yellowstone National Park!  This means that the scope of the trips we will offer in Yellowstone has just grown exponentially from what we were able to do previously through our relationship with Teton Troutfitters. Many thanks to Scott Hocking for this opportunity and we look forward to working with him more in the future. Fish the fly will focus on the southern half of Yellowstone as these fisheries are closest to Jackson Hole. Lewis Lake, Shoshone Lake, the Snake River, Yellowstone Lake, and numerous backcountry streams are all on the radar.  We will be expanding our backcountry program to include overnight offerings to lakes and streams, so stay tuned for more information on these gems! For now check out our website for Yellowstone fishing trips. Snowpack levels are all above 100% of normal currently, so it will be a great year for our trout!

Yellowstone Fly Fishing Report – 11.1.13

Yellowstone National Park closes for the season this coming Sunday the 3rd, so now is the time to enjoy the superb Fall fishing for run-up Brown trout.  There are numerous trout in the Snake, Madison, Gibbon, and Firehole River below the falls.  Rainbows in the Madison system and Lake trout in the Snake follow these runs looking to feed off the eggs from these spawning trout. Lewis Lake also holds plenty of fall spawning Mackinaw and they are aggressive to the fly!

Mackinaw from Lewis Lake

Reynolds Pomeroy holds a healthy 21" Lake Trout

Yellowstone fly fishing report 10.19.13

Yellowstone has reopened! The crowds are minimal and the fly fishing is phenomenal…. Looking for a trout of a lifetime? The Fall Brown trout runs are in on the Snake, Lewis, and Madison Rivers. Throwing streamers is the best way to get into these aggressive trout. Olive, Yellow, Black, and Purple are good colors to try; keep switching until you find what they are looking for that day. Pattern size can make a difference as well. Not every trout wants a steak dinner plus all the fixings….

Darrell Ragan has a new favorite plce to fish in Yellowstone

Darrell Ragan and a Lewis Lake 8 lb Brown trout