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!