01-30-2009, 02:12 PM
Re: Overplanning Yellowstone
Originally Posted by frogge
Hey, Hello Frogge.
I'm planning a trip to the Yellowstone area with my son this summer. He's 25 and in good shape, a novice flycaster. I'm probably going to fly into Salt Lake City and drive up. Curiosity question. Why not fly directly into Idaho Falls and get a rental car there? You would be 3 hrs closer to the area.
Now starts the million questions. I'm considering fishing the Belcher area and Cave falls area. My window for this trip is July, since my son is not available in Aug.. The guide indicates that this area fishes better in August and fall and also warns about Mosquitos earlier in the summer. Them nasty Black Flies can be bad in the area also, so be sure to have some clothing options that protect against them rotten buggers. Also the aforementioned Mosquitos are 'LARGE' and thick especially in good water years.
So which week of July would you pick?The area usually has some very good Mayfly hatches in July but that is also dependant on how hot the weather is. Hopper fishing will be starting on the Henry's Fork, and other local waters(Madison River included). Not to forget Caddis hatches everywhere.
The area below Ashton Reservoir can be very good in July.
You mentioned that you had recieved info from a Guide, What shop have you been talking with?
Second and possbily unanswerable question. Would enjoy doing hiking with the fishing, but I'm not too interested in backpacking several days worth of stuff. Is it feasible to do day hikes from either a trail head campground or a campground near Aston. Sure you can do day hikes, but honestly you probably will not get far away from any other folks if that's what your after.
Another possibility for a day hike would be to hike in below Mesa Falls, or in between the upper and lower falls. Not a real long hike but it is steep, and keep an eye out for snakes.
I've also considered hiking into the canyon section of the Yellowstone. Is that likely to be busy with fishermen and what week of July would be best? That is a very steep hike with not much in between you and the river if you were to slip, and that water is very fast. Also supposed to be alot of snakes in that area.
If we have a week is it also reasonbable to try to get up to the Slough Creek area and is it worth the effort. This is a great option, but if you want solitude you will need to get up to the second or third meadow and you will need to plan on staying overnight on the third meadow.
Part of me says to just show up and kind of figure it out on the fly. The other part of me wants to optimize our time and avoid wasting alot of time. With so many waters in the area you can just about fish anyway you choose too, lakes, large rivers , small streams, spring creeks, tail waters.
Keep asking questions and I will help you all I can.
Thanks in advance for any help,Frogge.
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