01-21-2009, 10:46 AM
Re: Western fly fishing trip *update*
You're getting some great advice, and it sounds like a great trip.
Not sure what book you got on Colorado, but that was a great move, there are a lot of good ones out there. I'd highly recommend spending some big bucks (50 cents) on a couple of used ones like this, but perhaps you already have them or something similar:
Amazon.com: The Montana Angling Guide (2nd Edition): Chuck Fothergill, Bob Sterling: Books
There are also the same guides for Colorado and Wyoming (at similar prices). They have a ton of info, including maps, access points, timing of hatches, recommended patterns, and tons of other info that would be a great help when planning a trip, and getting to spots to fish. Both the Montana and Wyoming guides have info on YNP.
There are other more recent state fly fishing guides, like the "No Nonsense Guide to Colorado" that are also good, but more bucks.
As you get closer to narrowing your trip down, throw out more detail on where and when for more detailed advice. There are also tons of info online with detailed info for different rivers, and up to the minute reports for conditions from local fly shops like Duranglers for the Animas and Dolores, Roaring Fork Anglers for the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan in CO etc. etc. And looking at the hatch charts for specific rivers will also give you an idea of what patterns to add--- and give you an idea of what hatches to try and hit---based on your travel plans you might run into a lot of the same hatches in colorado and hit some of them in the north (or higher altitudes) as it comes off later-- good examples might be Western Green Drakes (different pattern from our EGD) and Pale Morning Duns.
Depending where and when you go, you might also want to try and target the Salmon Fly hatch in Montana which can be anywhere from May to July depending on where you go. It is not a consistent, long lasting hatch so it's a bit of a **** shoot, but if you hit it right it can be epic.
You'll have a great time when you go on your trip, and even the planning for it sounds like a blast.
We'll be expecting daily fishing reports.... with lots of pics!!