Yellowstone National Park opened to fishing last weekend!  Fly fishing was very good on both the Madison and Firehole Rivers.  The Firehole saw hatches of Caddis, BWO’s, and PMD’s and both rainbows and browns ate these bugs off the surface readily.  Swinging soft hackles was productive during non hatch periods. Salmonfly nymphs are migrating to the shorelines in the canyon stretch currently and look for them to hatch in the next week! The Madison fished well in the afternoons during BWO and PMD emergences.  Also look for Salmonfly nymphs to be effective in any riffle areas… Heavy rains this weekend have blown these rivers out, but look for fishing to be good as this surge subsides.  Lewis Lake is now ice-free!

Fly fishing the Firehole River

Fly fishing the Firehole River

Fly fishing the Firehole River, Yellowstone National Park

Adrian Holley holds a rainbow from the Firehole River.