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06-24-2008, 01:49 PM
My family and I are planning a trip to head to Yellowstone in the month of July. I was wondering if anyone could possibly provide some help on which bodies of water to fish and what flies might be the most useful to use. Any help will be greatly appreciated.


06-24-2008, 10:57 PM
Depends what part of the park you are staying in. Down south around the Tetons, you can fish the Snake river, lots of good places in and north of Moose, look for the boat landings, it gets you close to the water. LOTS of bears in this area though, keep your eyes open.

If staying in West Yellowstone, you have the Madison river, a classic along with the two feeders, the Firehole and Gibbon. All great water. This is all the water I have experiance on in the park. Unbelievable scenery and great fishing.

If you can spare a day or two south of Jackson, Hit the Green River Northeast of Pinedale. Start at Green River Lake and Fish down from there. Fantastic fishing. About 2 hours south of Jackson.

Never fished th9is time of year there, Hit the local fly shops in Jackson, West Yellowstone or Pinedale for local info and flies.

email me if you want specifics on any of the above locations. soccermedic@bellsouth.net

one more cast
06-25-2008, 10:07 AM
Check the snow melt run off. I think some rivers (maybe the Snake), are late to clear. Also, note that some rivers heat up to make them unfishable sooner (maybe the Firehole). Finally, check opening dates, some rivers open later (maybe the Yellowstone). You can find flyshop and guide websites in that area with this type information. Enjoy your trip.

06-25-2008, 11:09 AM
Justin, The Forum has a great feature that I think will help you out. Click on the link for "search" up at the top of the screen and enter "Yellowstone" in the search box. It comes back with over 100 threads that contain references to Yellowstone. Some of them are very good discussions. Check it out. It should provide you with lots of good info.

06-25-2008, 11:28 AM
Fishing should be best Later in the season, this year. SW Montana and especially the mountains have experienced record snowfall. Peaks as far south As Big Sky still had 7-8 inches of lingering snow as late as two weeks ago.

Brook Fan
06-25-2008, 11:56 AM
I'm sure you've already looked into this but I'll say it anyway. Be sure to bring with you warm clothing. I was there in August a few years ago and wasn't prepared. Nearly froze and was planning on fishing hoppers but the cold weather took care of that. I even found myself in a snowstorm in August. It didn't last long but man I wasn't prepared.

But even that couldn't spoil that trip. What a wonderful place and can't wait to see it again.

06-25-2008, 12:34 PM
My son, Daniel, and I are leaving for West Yellowstone on July 6. We're spending the next 10 days fishing, hiking and sightseeing the Yellowstoen country.

Brookfan, sounds like we'll be there a week or two before you. Too bad we couldn't meet up and fish some.

I will be, for sure, posting pictures and reports on LRO website. Hopefully the day they happen if I can get my laptop out there and hooked up.

Othewise, I'll post when we get home.


06-26-2008, 03:54 AM
Dailey624, Get yourself a guide. Blue Ribbon Flies out of West Yellowstone Montana can set you up. With your family there, you probably won't have much "fishing time" so making every second count is worth the added cost.

jeffnles1, Have a good time in Yellowstone. I'll be in Montana during that time but on the opposite side of the state in the Glacier National Park area fishing the South Fork of the Flathead River. I look forward to your report and pictures.

06-26-2008, 05:33 PM
I was out in Yellowstone on May 31 - June 6. We actually tried to fish on the Firehole River on June 1. The runoff this year from the snow melt is at historically high levels. We basically had to fish with one foot in the river and one on the bank because the river was so high and swift. All the other rivers were unfishable at this point in time. I would expect that things are probably starting become more normal and that fishing will be good in early July based on what I saw. Yes, my wife outfished me. She caught a nice 9" brown. I was skunked in our two hours of fishing.

06-27-2008, 10:51 PM
I fished the Kern in California the first week of June and the snowmelt had the river very high and difficult to wade. The Golden Trout Wilderness is awesome but I gotta get back when the water is down.

David Knapp
06-28-2008, 02:38 PM
Salmonflies should be hatching somewhere nearby during that time frame...:biggrin:

07-03-2008, 12:07 PM
I just came back from Yellowstone last week. We stayed inside the park for four days. During this time we had the opportunity to fish the Firehole, the Gibbon and the Madison. All three rivers were fishable, with the Madison being the most productive (Gibbon and Firehole join the form the Madison). The Firehole may be too warm to fish by July, because it has lots of thermal features. You should definitely go see this area of the park, though. The road to Old Faithful follows the Firehole, and there are some neat things to see along the way.

Here is a nice brown that my brother caught on a Salmon Fly on the Madison inside the park. We caught a bunch of these during one evening.

The Lamar, Slough Creek, and Soda Butte Creek (great cutthroat waters) were all unfishable during our stay, but they should be coming down now. You should definitely drive over to the Lamar Valley if you have the chance. It is an amazingly beautiful place. Also, the Yellowstone River opens to fishing on July 15th (I believe). Even if you don't fish it, drive up to Yellowstone Lake and walk across Fishing Bridge. It crosses the Yellowstone River where is flows out of Yellowstone Lake. You will see tons of huge Cutthroats cruising the water under the bridge (however, you're not allowed to fish from this area).

Here is a picture of the Lamar Valley

Here is the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River....definitely worth your time

We also spent a week fishing outside the park. During this time, we fished the Henry's Fork, the Madison below Three Dollar Bridge, and the Madison between Hebgen and Quake Lakes. All three areas fished well. The Madison was strictly nymphing, but Salmon Flies should be picking up soon.

Here is a native mountain whitefish that my brother caught on Henry's Fork of the Snake River

I would highly suggest using a guide. Craig Matthews at Blue Ribbon Flies will be able to give you some great advice. There are several other fly shops in West Yellowstone, and every other town out there, that can provide you with more information.

Have a great trip. You won't want to come home.

07-21-2008, 02:32 PM
I would like to say thanks to everyone that helped and provided me with some info on how to fish in Yellowstone. Our trip was extremely successful and along with the fishing, the bison were everywhere and enjoyable to see. I caught quite a few fish there including a 21" Cutthroat in Trout Lake. The best fishing day though was one day at Cascade Lake where we found a huge Caddis hatch from about 10 to 12. We ended up catching close to 80 fish combined in three people.

Thanks again for all of the help,

07-21-2008, 08:53 PM
If you have pictures, we'd love to see them. I was out there from 7/6 to 7/15 (see the returned from West Yellowstone thread for a report).

It sure is a special place.

The only lake we fished was Greebe. There was a damsel fly hatch coming off but the wind was TERRIBLE that day. Being from the East, I'm not used to fishing into a 25+ mph head wind where the waves on the lake are white capping. The other shore of the lake where we would not be casting into the wind was far too shallow and marshy to get a decent cast or have a chance of catching fish. We managed on rainbow but were really going after grayling.

Glad you had a good time.


07-22-2008, 02:01 PM
Hope you had fun out there too. We fished Grebe and had success, but had to quit when the wind picked up because we couldn't cast. We found that the grayling there were really small, but the rainbows were nice.

I tried to post pictures, but can't figure out how. Is there a special way to do this.


07-22-2008, 09:30 PM
I finally found out how to post the pictures on here so here are a few that I decided to show.
Very pretty 18"Cutthroat at Trout Lake
12" Grayling at Cascade Lake
17" Whitefish on the Madison
Bison at our campsite Norris Campground
Otter feasting on Cutthroat at Trout Lake
And you can't go to Yellowstone without seeing the Grizzly

07-23-2008, 03:01 PM
wow, looks like a great trip:
"And you can't go to Yellowstone without seeing the Grizzly"

We didn't see any grizz. We did see a sow blackie with cubs. She was a very large blackie kind of cinnamon color and much larger than most of the bears I've seen in the Smokeys, but definately not a grizzly.

Love the grayling. We were really hoping to catch one when we went to Greebe lake. However, the wind was blowing so hard we couldn't cast. We both had 5wt's and if I tried to cast more than 20 feet, the line was blowing back into a heap and piling up. When I tried to move around the lake a little, the back casts were getting blown forward and there was a lot of shallow water and marsh on that side.

I'm glad you caught some. They are very pretty fish.

That whitefish looks like the twin brother to the one I caught. Mine put up a pretty good fight (equal or better than some of the trout I caught in the 18-19" range).

Nice trip report. Love the otter eating trout photo. Classic!


07-23-2008, 03:53 PM
We found Grebe hard to fish too with the strong winds blowing. Cascade was pretty easy to fish even with the wind blowing.
The whitefish do fight really well especially in the tough current of the Madison(I lost a few before I finally landed that one). They aren't very hardy fish either.

Hope your trip was still a blast. We only saw a glimpse of one black bear, but we can say that we saw it. The only big mammal that we lacked seeing was a moose.