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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND-JUN 14
JUN 15-JUL 15
JUL 16-AUG
SEP-1ST TO THE LAST SUNDAY OF NOV

General Information

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Few places on earth offer a fishing experience like Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife, geothermal activity, an unspoiled, pristine environment, and terrific fishing opportunities all combine to make Yellowstone National Park a favorite fishing destination of many anglers. An angler can potentially catch Grayling, native Cutthroat and wild Brown, Rainbow and Brook trout all in one day. However, the fishing is just a bonus, and you cannot help but enjoy yourself spending a day fishing in the park.

Both temporary and seasonal fishing licenses are available for Yellowstone National Park. The licenses are available for sale at $10.00 for 10 days and $20.00 per season. Clients will be required to pay an entrance fee of $20.00 per private auto, truck, or RV If clients are traveling via vehicle designated for company use, bicycle, or on foot, they will be required to pay an entrance fee of $10.00 a person. Motorcycles and snowmobiles will be charged $15.00 per vehicle.

PREDOMINATE ACTIVITY, HATCHES & FOOD FORMS

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND THRU JUNE 14TH

Yellowstone National Park fishing season opens. Not all fisheries are open at the same time so be sure to check the regulations. This period is prime time on the Firehole River. Water temperatures on the Firehole are affected by area geothermal activity. As a result of this geothermal influence and cooler seasonal temperatures, the Firehole fishes best during this period. A good rule of thumb for the Firehole is the worse the weather, the better the fishing, within reason of course. If the forecast causes normal people to shake their heads and wonder why they don't live elsewhere get your gear and head to the Firehole. Numb hands and red checks are small fare for excellent fishing. Baetis, PMD's and Caddis can all be found on any given day during this period.

FLY PATTERN RECOMMENDATIONS

Caps Elk Hair Caddis
Size # 10, #12, #14, #16
Stock# DF111
Carpenter Ant
Size #8, #10
Stock# DF113
DrySpruce
Size #12, #14
Stock# DF118
Ext. Body Gray Drake
Size #12, #14
Stock# DF123
Hermaphrodite Beettle
Size #8, #10, #12, #14
Stock# DF132
Parachute Hares Ear
Size #12, #14, #16
Stock# DF146
Patriot
Size #12, #14, #16, #18
Stock#DF149
PMD Parachute
Size #12, #14, #16, #18, #20
Stock# DF150
B.H.DT
Size #10, #12, #14
Stock#N101
Olive Hare's Ear
Size #12, #14,
Stock#N115
Pheasant Tail
Size #12, #14, #16,
Stock#N117
Baetis Sparkle Dun
Size #16,#18, #20
Stock #SD102
Baetis Thorax
Size #16, #18, #20
Stock #SD103
CDC Biot Midge
Size #18, #20, #22
Stock #SD108
CDC PMD Emerger
Size #16, #18, #20
Stock #SD109
CDC PMD Transitional Dun
Size #16, #18, #20
Stock #SD110
Parachute Midge
Size #20
Stock #SD112
Adams Wulff
Size #10, #12, #14, #16
Stock# DF102


JUNE 15TH THRU JULY 15TH

Many of the most popular lakes like Yellowstone and Trout open on June 15th. All park lakes typically fish their best during this period. Along with the weather, the Firehole begins to warm and become less productive. The tributaries of the Yellowstone River such as Slough Creek and the Lamar River begin clearing somewhat during this period. Be there when they do, as fishing should be great. On the lakes, a variety of sub-surface patterns will produce along with damselflies in both nymph and adult form. A smorgasbord of hatches are occurring on most streams, however matching the hatch is not intensely critical as these " early season fish" are very opportunistic and tend to rise to a variety of well presented imitations- we love it when they do that! Salmon flies also can give us quite a treat on the Gardener and the Yellowstone River below the falls during this time. The Gibbon River has a fine Brown Drake Hatch between the middle and the end of this period and should not be over looked. If heading out early in this period, be sure and check with us regarding water conditions at your destination.

FLY PATTERN RECOMMENDATIONS

ParachuteAdams
Size # 12, #14, #16, #18, #20
Stock # DF142
Ant
Size #14, #16
Stock# DF103
Bullet Head Hopper
Size # 6, #8, #10, #12
Stock# DF107
Caps Elk Hair Caddis
Size # 10, #12, #14, #16
Stock# DF111
Chernobyl Ant
Size #6, #8, #10
Stock# DF114
Dave's Hopper
Size #8, #10, #12
Stock# DF116
Drake Quigley, Olive, Gray, Brown
Size #12. #14
Stock# DF117
Ext .Body Crickit
Size #8
Stock# DF120
Ext. Body Gray Drake
Size #12, #14
Stock# DF123
Ext. Body Mohagany Para Drake
Size #12, #14
Stock# DF127
Borger Damsel
Size # 10
Stock# DF106
Hermaphrodite Beettle
Size #8, #10, #12, #14
Stock# DF132
Patriot
Size #12, #14, #16, #18
Stock#DF149
PMD Parachute
Size #12, #14, #16, #18, #20
Stock# DF150
Midge Pupa
Size#18, #20, #22
Stock#SN105
PMD Emerger
Size#20
Stock#SN113
PMD Soft Hackle
Size#16, #18
Stock#SN114
Sawyer PT
Size#20, #22
Stock#SN119


JULY 16TH THRU AUGUST

Our attention does not really shift during this period from the last, but focuses primarily on the Yellowstone River and its tributaries. These streams offer some of the greatest fishing for cutthroat trout that an angler can find anywhere. The Yellowstone above the falls opens to fishing on July 15th and is a good place to avoid on that particular day unless you like overcrowded fishing conditions. Terrestrials become active during this time and the trout... lets just say they like terrestrials, very much. Many species of caddis can be found on the streams and are a significant part of any trout diet. The Yellowstone River will still have a number of salmon flys, especially early in the period.

FLY PATTERN RECOMMENDATIONS

Bullet Head Hopper
Size # 6, #8, #10, #12
Stock# DF107
Caps Instigator, Olive, Yellow, Phesant Tail
Size #8, #10, #12, #14
Stock# DF112
Chernobyl Ant
Size #6, #8, #10
Stock# DF114
Ext .Body Crickit
Size #8
Stock# DF120
Ext. Body Gray Drake
Size #12, #14
Stock# DF123
Hermaphrodite Beettle
Size #8, #10, #12, #14
Stock# DF132
ParachuteAdams
Size # 12, #14, #16, #18, #20
Stock # DF142
Baetis Thorax
Size #16, #18, #20
Stock #SD103
PMD Soft Hackle
Size#16, #18
Stock#SN114
PMD Emerger
Size#20
Stock#SN113
CDC PMD Emerger
Size #16, #18, #20
Stock #SD109
CDC PMD Transitional Dun
Size #16, #18, #20
Stock #SD110
Parachute Midge
Size #20
Stock #SD112
PMD Quigley
Size #16, #18, #20
Stock #SD113


SEPTEMBER THRU 1ST SUNDAY OF NOVEMBER

Early in this period the Yellowstone River and its tributaries continue to receive most of the attention. Terrestrials and smaller mayfly or midge imitations produce well at this time. As we progress further toward and into autumn, however, fishing emphasis switches to the Firehole and Madison Rivers. The Madison has a great fall run of both brown and rainbow trout out of Hebgen Lake. Streamers and a variety of large nymphs tend to produce best on these fall running trout. Along with cooler weather, the Firehole turns on once again. Fall blue winged olives hatch in good numbers under ideal conditions. Heavy overcast with a little (or a lot) of rain or snow falling with little or no wind constitutes ideal conditions. Those conditions are usually associated with the best fishing on the Madison as well. Much to the disappointment of a few hard-core anglers, the season closes after the first Sunday in November.

FLY PATTERN RECOMMENDATIONS

B.H.Black.&.Olive.Bugger
Size#2, #4, #6
Stock #S101
B.H.Black.Crystal.Bugger
Size#6
Stock #S102
B.H.Olive.Crystal.Bugger
Size#6
Stock #S106
Kiwi Muddler,Yellow, Olive,Chinchilla,Black
Size#6
Stock #S112
Kiwi Muddler,Yellow, Olive,Chinchilla,Black
Size#6
Stock #S112
Wool Head Sculpin , Black , Olive
Size#6
Stock #S119
Parachute Midge
Size #20
Stock #SD112
CDCBaetisTransitionalDun
Size #16, #18, #20
Stock #SD106
Baetis Sparkle Dun
Size #16,#18, #20
Stock #SD102
Baetis Quigley
Size #16, #18, #20
Stock#SD101
Ext. Body Loop Wing Para Drake
Size #12, #14
Stock# DF126
Ext. Body Green Para Drake
Size #12, #14
Stock# DF125



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