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Old 06-13-2011, 11:58 PM
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I am going to Yellowstone on June 22-28 and was hoping I could sneak off for a day or two to do some fly fishing. I am not familiar with the area and was looking for some advice. I am not looking for any secret spots or anything of that nature but just some general advice on streams to try that would be fairly productive and fishable this time of year (I don't know what the runoff would be like). I will also be camping at the Canyon campground and the Grant campground and was wondering if anyone knew of any decent fishing close by? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Serious answer to a serious question. Jellystone (the whole area) is HUGE. Hit Amazon.com and input Yellowstone+fishing. They carry several very good books on the topic. Listings of rivers, streams, etc. Also the Park has 'special regs' that you can up-up/print out on line.
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Go into West Yellowstone and check with the fly shops for the best information

A few shops for sources of reports:

Blue Ribbon Flies (it's just north of most of the shops)
Bud Lilly's Trout Shop
Arricks Fly Shop
Madison River Outfitters

A local Bozeman shop.. that always has up to date information:

Montana Troutfitters


And get this book:

Amazon.com: The Yellowstone Fly-Fishing Guide (9781558215450): Craig Mathews, Clayton Molinero: Books Amazon.com: The Yellowstone Fly-Fishing Guide (9781558215450): Craig Mathews, Clayton Molinero: Books


Even if most water is high, usually you can find something fishable - this year you'll probably be more limited than usual - it's hard to know unless you get a first hand report
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A definate second to dhayden's suggestion to get Craig Mathews et. al.'s "The Yellowstone Fly Fishing Guide". Then stop in to his shop, Blue Ribbon Flies in W. Yellowstone to get the most reliable, up to date, info.
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As posted YNP is a BIG place - but during your dates the fishing options are limited somewhat as some waters don't 'open' until July 15th....and of course there is record snowpack and those that can be fished will probbaly be in heavy runoff.

Check on the websites and with surrounding shops as in the earlier post. Parks Fly Shop (parksflyshop.com) in Gardiner typically has up to date reports posted by Walter for YNP as well.
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Sorry fishinfrenzy, but that's next week and the odds are better on the Rapture happening than there is anywhere to safely cast, let alone actually fish.

The pay-to-play spring creeks in Paradise Valley might be your best option, but even those might be blown out simple because the Yellowstone River is an absolute raging torrent. And it hasn't even come close to it's full potential. If it warms up in the next week, look out!

Check out the graphs: Yellowstone at Livingston

Firehole at West

Gallatin at GG

Sorry to be downer, but man, there just ain't no stream fishing anywhere in Montana. And the high country lakes are still under 8 feet of snow!

Enjoy the scenery and take some nice walks. It's going to be beautiful, it's wild flower season.
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In the park.. just look for any stream that isn't muddy.. (granted - that might be difficult) small ones like Nez Pearce might be ok.

I don't fish much Canyon, except the ones you probably know about.. have no idea how Lamar (and the others there) are doing.

There's quite a few small creeks around Canyon..

Following up on the spring creeks..

I was at Armstrong last week.. it was very nice. Some BWO's and PMDs coming off, maybe a little higher than normal, but they have this diversion that keeps the runoff from the creek itself. #18 parachute PMD was the fly for us

Water was crystal clear... of course.. that can change

This little fly shop is right on Depuy.. and you can access it when driving into Armstrong as well:

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I've never fished the spring creeks in the Paradise so I didn't know that had that much control. Good to know though, I may get desperate in few weeks! I really don't think there will be any good fishing here (Missoula) till the end of July.

I checked the Lamar too when looking at the others, it's huge as well. Soda Butte looked reasonable on the flow chart.
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Well, thanks for the replies guys. Always appreciated. I figured the runoff would be pretty crazy right now. I guess I will just have to keep doing some research and maybe I can find something halfway decent.
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Saw your PM.

You won't have a whole lot of options, but you certainly have more than we do this week:

1. Firehole. Should be prime. We had four guides out yesterday with rookies, and while it wasn't great it was okay, and it will only get better from here. Blond (Nectopsyche) caddis will probably be the main hatch, maybe plus PMD. Swing pheasant tail soft hackles in the riffles if no hatch. The fish will mostly be small, but chubby. Good chance of Salmonflies in the canyon.

2. Madison. Better towards the end of your stay. Streamers early, while late there should be PMD and possibly caddis. Maybe Salmonflies in the bouldery sections.

3. Gibbon. The canyon should be ready by then. Small browns mostly, but this is where the attractor dry/dropper combo will work.

4. Lower Gardner. Maybe fishable depending on the day-day weather. If it has been hot and/or wet, forget it. If cool and dry, big stonefly nymphs tight to the banks. It doesn't need to have more than 18" of visibility. Fish 1X-2X.

5. Lakes: Yellowstone Lake is not consistent anymore, but it will be as good as it gets in your timeframe. Streamers, leeches, chiros for cutts. Off chance of some lakers which you have to kill. Anything you catch will range from 15" on up to "Oh my God." Trout Lake will be crowded, but is worth sight-fishing in late morning before the fish (cutts and rainbows, most 14-18, some to 24 plus) move off the banks. The inlet will be full of spawning cutts to photograph (closed to fishing, thankfully). Grebe and Cascade will fish well with soft hackles and small buggers under indicators. Grayling and rainbows in Grebe and grayling and cutts in Cascade. The trails will still be sloppy messes. Fish where water flows in or out, or where the banks are steeper.

This is also a really good time to hit the private lakes outside the park, or Hebgen Lake if you have a boat. Quake Lake is muddy.
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