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Old 04-23-2008, 08:53 PM
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My Nephew and I are planning a trip to Wyoming, landing at Jackson Hole on Aug 17th, fishing till the 25th. We are looking to put together a 8-12 mile remote round trip, hitting a few streams and small lakes for trout.

I was initially looking at the Wind River Wilderness area, but thought Yellowstone might be more suited to what we're looking for.

Ordered a couple books, have done a lot of reading and really feel like I'm not getting it or August is not so good.

My early research indicated that Aug was a good month to be there, but now I'm starting to second guess.

I already did my interduction, so I will bother you gentlemen with a couple questions..............was August a mistake and do you have to camp in a campground in Yellowstone. Our intention was to hike in to a nice stretch of river and camp along it, hike to another stream, same thing, but if I'm reading right you can only camp in a campground?

Thanks in advance for any help, and I'm sorry in advance for the many questions I will bother you with
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My Nephew and I are planning a trip to Wyoming, landing at Jackson Hole on Aug 17th, fishing till the 25th. We are looking to put together a 8-12 mile remote round trip, hitting a few streams and small lakes for trout.

I was initially looking at the Wind River Wilderness area, but thought Yellowstone might be more suited to what we're looking for.

Ordered a couple books, have done a lot of reading and really feel like I'm not getting it or August is not so good.

My early research indicated that Aug was a good month to be there, but now I'm starting to second guess.

I already did my interduction, so I will bother you gentlemen with a couple questions..............was August a mistake and do you have to camp in a campground in Yellowstone. Our intention was to hike in to a nice stretch of river and camp along it, hike to another stream, same thing, but if I'm reading right you can only camp in a campground?

Thanks in advance for any help, and I'm sorry in advance for the many questions I will bother you with
Hello Mark, glad to meet you.

Quick question for you first. You mentioned that "Yellowstone might be suited a little more for what your looking for". What is it that you are looking for?

IMHO Yellowstone is still going to be crowded until after Labor Day, and the Wind River Wilderness shouldn't be near as busy. I've not been to the WRW yet, so I may be up in the night. lol

Yes, in the Park you have to stay in a designated spot when camping, I'm not sure about 'Potty Facilites', meaning I don't know if you have to pack out your own 'waste' to be disposed of @ a sanitation facility, or if you can legally dig and bury 'human waste'.

Yellowstone has some very beautiful places, but I've seen some pics from WRW that are mind bending gorgeous.

I think you will have a great time in either place.


'Davo' is a guide out of Jackson, maybe he will have some more definate answers for you. Hopefully he will see this thread and reply, if he doesn't reply soon, you could always p.m. him.
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Default Re: Yellowstone or Wind River

I'm planning a similar trip to Wyoming for this summer. I think I'm going to go to the Wind River Range (though where specifically, I'm not entirely decided..it's a big place). Part of my own decision is that it'll mostly be a backpacking trip and I don't like crowds (not that the Yellowstone backcountry is crowded), but the other part of that is simply that there are a lot fewer grizzley bears in the Winds (none in the southern part of the range, as I understand it). Grizzleys kind of freak me out, to be honest...

I don't think August was a mistake, although the area around Jackson Hole can definitely get some routine afternoon thunderstorms almost every day, if that's what you're referring to.

Also, the previous poster makes a good point, "what are you looking to get out of this trip?" This would help us give you more relevant responses.
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Thanks for the input.

We're looking to park the car, hit the woods, hike a few miles to remote water, camp and fish a day. Hike a couple more miles, camp and fish, then hike a couple more, camp and fish, for 4 or 5 days. Hopefully in a bit of a "U" Shaped Pattern, coming out a few miles from where we parked the car.

Not looking for paved or graveled trails with signs, heck don't care if there are trails.

When in Alaska we flew into the Upper Russian, then hiked and fished 12 miles back to civilization........just looking for something similar to that in Wyoming.

It just sounds like everything has marked trails, signs, campgrounds. I have a couple books, another one coming and will continue to read, but it sounds like we can't hike in 6 or so miles and stop and camp, which just seems odd.
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If you are starting in Jackson Hole you can do the Snake and the Hoback Rivers...but I would also try Crystal Creek and the Gros Ventre River Northeast of Jackson. I really enjoy Crystal Creek

in August - Stimulators, Turck Tarantula, Royal Wulffs, Ants, Hoppers and a JJ Special ( a type of bugger at High Country Flies). There are two really good fly shops in Jackson - High Country Flies and Jack Dennis as well as an Orvis shop. Look them up on the net and give them a call. They can tell you what to use and where they are biting. I personnaly have used High Country Flies and couldn't ahve been happier with their professionalism and service. Good Fishing
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Well both Yellowstone and the Wind River offer what it seems you are looking for. The Wind River area also offers the opportunity to catch some great Golden Trout in many of the little lakes through out that Mt Range.

If you wish to fish the Yellowstone back country you need to get in touch with the Park before you come. Find out the regulations and what areas are open. There are specific back country sites that you will have to camp in. These are not camp grounds. They are individual sites spread out over the back country. Some are first come first serve others must be reserved in advance. August is a good time as some back country areas are closed until that time due to bear activity.

One trip you might want to inquire about would be the Upper Yellowstone. Take a shuttle boat across the lake and then hike in from there up the South East Arm. Many lakes and small creeks and very remote stretches of the Yellowstone headwaters.

But I recommend you get in touch with the Park prior to coming out. They can help you plan a great back country hiking fishing trip.
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Thank you for some good advice. I will try to touch base with the Park to confirm the camping situation, though I think you are right. If I confirm that remote camping is not authroized, I will most likely start looking into the Wind River Area, though as I continue to read there are river in the Yellowstone area outside of Yellowstone that are accessable.

Seems like a good knowledge base here and if you don't mind I will continue to post our plans and if you see me completely getting it wrong, don't hesitate to say so.

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Default Re: Yellowstone or Wind River

I seem to remember reading that Teton Wilderness offers some good remote fly fishing, similar to what you find in Yellowstone, but less crowded and less restricted. Maybe someone more familiar with that area can offer some more insight on this option, whether good or bad...I'm just going on something I read. Also, if you don't have Rich Osthoff's book "Fly-Fishing the Rocky Mountain Backcountry" you might want to pick that up as it's got some good information about the type of trip you're planning.
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Thank you for some good advice. I will try to touch base with the Park to confirm the camping situation, though I think you are right. If I confirm that remote camping is not authroized, I will most likely start looking into the Wind River Area, though as I continue to read there are river in the Yellowstone area outside of Yellowstone that are accessable.

Seems like a good knowledge base here and if you don't mind I will continue to post our plans and if you see me completely getting it wrong, don't hesitate to say so.

Thanks
The park has maps of all the back country campsites. I also believe that the USGS maps have all the trails and campsites on their TOPO maps. I don't have any knowledge on the Winds. Couple of my friends have gone in there and had a blast, but I have not done it myself.

I have canoed up the Southeast Arm of Yellowstone Lake and camped by the mouth of the river. Lots of great hiking to remote lakes and creeks from there. You'll be fishing big Yellowstone Cutthroats along the shore of the lake and in the river. That part of the lake is no motor zone so not many people go there. I only did it for a couple of days. Always wanted to go back for like a week or more to really explore the area.
All the campsites are seperated by about a mile or more. They consist of a fire ring and a cable in the trees for hanging you cooking gear out of bear reach. Other than that they are rustic.
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Mark,
How about going to 'Google Earth', zooming in and getting the overhead view of both places!
I recently did this and followed the Snake River from it's headwaters all the way to Idaho Falls, and The Henrys' Fork from Big Springs all the way to the confluence with the Snake.
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