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!
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….
Fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park is well underway! With warm Spring temperatures this year, all of Yellowstone’s waters have started to fish earlier than normal this year… Firehole, Gibbon, Madison Rivers – These three rivers are the main attraction in May/June in Yellowstone. The Firehole is seeing epic Caddis hatches currently – White Miller, Glossosoma, Hydropsyche, etc. The action starts around 8am below Midway Geyser Basin. Larger #16 PMD’s pop around 10am combined with a Spinner fall and keep the action going. There are also a few Damselflies, and Craneflies beginning… The Gibbon River has a good Stonefly hatch, both Goldens and Salmonflies, in its canyon below the falls and has been fun fishing for those in the know. Look for Green Drakes in the meadow above Madison Junction. The Madison has been fun with PMD Spinner falls from 8-11am for some larger Browns and Rainbows. Evening Caddis are a blast and have all the trout in this river feeding from 7pm until dark. The Lewis Lake complex is fishing very well for large Browns and Mackinaw 16-24″. The Brown Drake hatch is happening all over the lake and the Browns are psyched! Get there early to take advantage of cruising fish feeding off the surface. When this action slows around noon, switch to a sinking line and leech pattern and work the shoals/dropoffs for Lake trout. Too much fun!
Summer is here and the time is right to get some fishing done, especially in Yellowstone National Park. Crowds are at a very reasonable level at the moment. The Firehole River is fishing well currently, mostly with Caddis and Yellow Sally patterns in the afternoons and evenings. White Miller soft hackles and adults are a good choice, but green caddis pupa are a great option. There are a few PMD’s left on cloudy mornings, but for the most part this hatch is done. As the day warms, don’t be afraid to try an adult Damselfly or nymph pattern. With our warm temperatures and sunny skies, these patterns have produced some good trout. Adult Damsels can draw explosive strikes! Best Flies: #14-16 Olive Emergent Sparkle pupa, #14 White Miller Soft Hackle, #14 White Miller Cripple, #14-18 Prince Nymph, #14 Headlight Sally
Got Caddis? Well, you should be fly fishing both the the Firehole and Madison Rivers in Yellowstone Park! Evening caddis action on both these rivers has been great, from about 6pm until dark. Midges are the morning ticket on the Firehole and then try adult Damsel Fly patterns through the day. Yellow Sallies are hatching on the Madison, so be prepared with #16 Yellow Stimmies as well there. Look for Gray Drakes around Talus Slide and Nine mile hole. These bugs have made for great fishing on the days they pop, typically with our afternoon thunderstorms recently. My favorite is the #12 Foam Gray Drake Spinner, for the bigger, pickier fish.Don’t forget off the beaten path places like Grebe Lake! This lake holds beautiful Grayling and Rainbows that love to eat Damsel Fly nymphs and adults….
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
It’s been a long winter here in Jackson Hole and we’re excited that Yellowstone will open to fishing this weekend! The Firehole River will be the spot ( fly fishing only) to fish. Most other rivers will still be too cold or in the middle of runoff to offer any good fishing. We expect to see Baetis, PMD’s, and a few Caddis popping on the Firehole. Flows are currently 515 cfs and the river will likely be tannin colored and bank full, but will still fish. The outlet of Lewis Lake may produce a few browns or lakers, if you’re willing to walk through the snow to get to it. Stay tuned for a fishing report from this weekend…
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.