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chechem
06-25-2013, 07:55 AM
I mentioned in the "Where's everybody" thread that I was off to Yellowstone NP to spend Father's Day week fishing. I did. As requested, here are some pics.

Firehole River:

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg201/Chechem_2008/Fishing/ys17_zps313b8975.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg201/Chechem_2008/Fishing/ys16_zps9f014a7d.jpg

chechem
06-25-2013, 07:58 AM
Gibbon River (with bison and/or snow):

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg201/Chechem_2008/Fishing/ys4_zps598e5b74.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg201/Chechem_2008/Fishing/ys8_zps2459cb59.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg201/Chechem_2008/Fishing/ys15_zpse8cd9c2c.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg201/Chechem_2008/Fishing/ys11_zps62f60c8e.jpg

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg201/Chechem_2008/Fishing/ys6_zps1188c979.jpg

chechem
06-25-2013, 08:05 AM
Madison River:

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg201/Chechem_2008/Fishing/ys17_zps313b8975.jpg

chechem
06-25-2013, 08:08 AM
Indian Creek:



http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg201/Chechem_2008/Fishing/ys14_zps1beffa27.jpg

chechem
06-25-2013, 08:11 AM
Firehole River:

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg201/Chechem_2008/Fishing/ys1_zps2d1a51c5.jpg

Stonefly
06-25-2013, 01:32 PM
Nice. Love that underwater shot of the brook trout.

steve

duckypaddler
06-25-2013, 02:26 PM
Great post! Looks like you're having a great time:biggrin:

Nice pics

Take me home to where the Buffalo roam...

Hooked_On_Fly_Fishing
06-25-2013, 03:38 PM
Those are some great pictures. I am heading out to Yellowstone next month as well. (I posted a question on the “Fly fishing in other states” portion of the board).
I will be there the last week of July so the Firehole may not be an option as I know they shut it down when the water heats up. Any “must” fish streams for you?

chechem
06-25-2013, 04:06 PM
Those are some great pictures. I am heading out to Yellowstone next month as well. (I posted a question on the “Fly fishing in other states” portion of the board).
I will be there the last week of July so the Firehole may not be an option as I know they shut it down when the water heats up. Any “must” fish streams for you?
No, the Firehole will be dead then. Slough Creek should be good (NE corner of park). Slough Creek was over the banks and milky while I was there. Also, the Yellowstone River will be open, starting July 15th. It's great fishing.

TylerG10
06-25-2013, 05:54 PM
Chechem, those are some awesome pictures. What kind of camera are do you use?

Hooked, I have buddy that is a guide in that area. I'll give him a call this evening and so how things are going and what he says.

chechem
06-25-2013, 07:26 PM
Chechem, those are some awesome pictures. What kind of camera are do you use?

Hooked, I have buddy that is a guide in that area. I'll give him a call this evening and so how things are going and what he says.

Canon D10. It's about 5-6 years old, but still great for both freshwater and saltwater use.

TylerG10
06-26-2013, 07:57 AM
Canon D10. It's about 5-6 years old, but still great for both freshwater and saltwater use.

Thanks, the underwater pictures are really cool!

chechem
06-26-2013, 08:28 AM
Thanks, the underwater pictures are really cool!
It takes a moment to take the underwater photos, but it's probably easier on the fish (than posing with the fish out of water). I simply hold onto the tippet and allow the fish to swim in the current. Meanwhile I take out the camera, hold it underwater, and take several snaps. Then, while I'm putting away the camera, the fish recovers from the fight. By the time I unhook it, the fish is lively and ready for release.

The ordeal takes 3 hands, but the photos are better (when you're alone) than simple photos of a hand-held fish.

http://i249.photobucket.com/albums/gg201/Chechem_2008/ysuw_zps365ece31.jpg

$3Bridge
06-28-2013, 07:30 AM
Great pictures. How dd the Firehole fish this year? I haven't fished it in about ten years. Always one of my favorites in Yellowstone though.

I'm headed out that way on the 11th. Most likely will spend the majority of my time on the Madison around Three Dollar Bridge.

chechem
06-28-2013, 07:47 AM
Great pictures. How dd the Firehole fish this year? I haven't fished it in about ten years. Always one of my favorites in Yellowstone though.
I'm headed out that way on the 11th. Most likely will spend the majority of my time on the Madison around Three Dollar Bridge.
The Firehole was great during middle June, but it likely will slow by the time you go (July 11). The water was already warming when I was there.

The Madison was slower than the Firehole (and also warm), but fishing it outside the park may be better. I didn't try around $3 Bridge, but certainly that's a favorite stretch.

Best flies for me: #12 black wooly and/or #12 prince. Both best right in the fast water.

Have a great time, and bring back some photos.

Hooked_On_Fly_Fishing
07-01-2013, 01:00 PM
TylerG10,

I will be in Yellowstone on July 27th and I expect the water to change between now and then, but if you do hear back from your buddy fill me in on any useful info.

BTW...I didn't make it to the Hiwassee because on Saturday they had two or more running on the release.

chechem
07-02-2013, 07:03 AM
TylerG10,
I will be in Yellowstone on July 27th and I expect the water to change between now and then, but if you do hear back from your buddy fill me in on any useful info.
BTW...I didn't make it to the Hiwassee because on Saturday they had two or more running on the release.
I'm not Tyler, but I heard a bit of news. The Firehole is warming and slowing already (as expected); reached 80 degrees this past week. Slough Creek is still "high and green". Slough Creek is expected to be perfect by the end of July, however, so you should try that for sure. The Yellowstone opens July 15th. So, fish the east and NE parts of the park.

Hooked_On_Fly_Fishing
07-02-2013, 08:20 AM
Thanks Chechem, that should set up nice then. Since I'm staying at Roosevelt it appears I'll be closer to the prime waters. Since the two guys going with me are expecting me to be the guide (scary thought) I want to make sure I do as much homework as possible to put us in the best spots to catch fish. This will be my second time to YSNP and their first trip.
We are all lucky to live close to the Smokies and this place will always have my heart……but Yellowstone is an amazing place and I can’t think of another place in the country that offers such diverse waters with amazing views in such a wild setting.

Bran
07-02-2013, 09:16 AM
Chechem,
I loved the post, just beautiful places! I have some dumb questions, but I've never been there and so it's all a big mystery to me to see the posts about Yellowstone. When the river rises to 80 degrees like you're saying, is there just a big fish kill each year? How does that work or do they run elsewhere upstream to summer over? Just curious, I'd love to go someday and see it.

No Hackle
07-02-2013, 04:08 PM
I don't mean to butt in on a question for someone else,but I love Yellowstone and here is what I have found. A lot of the fish do just as you say and run up into the smaller tribs. Good luck catching them though. They get very skittish because the tribs are pretty shallow. I'm sure some run up into the canyon. I've had most of my luck on the Iron spring creek and I think the little firehole when it gets into late July and August.
Lynn

TylerG10
07-02-2013, 06:49 PM
TylerG10,

I will be in Yellowstone on July 27th and I expect the water to change between now and then, but if you do hear back from your buddy fill me in on any useful info.

BTW...I didn't make it to the Hiwassee because on Saturday they had two or more running on the release.

I talked to my buddy briefly. He was on the way to the Bahamas for Bonefishing! He is living the life. Anyway, he said he would call me when he gets back but he works on the Gallatin, Yellowstone, and Madison out of Big Sky.

chechem
07-02-2013, 07:39 PM
I don't mean to butt in on a question for someone else,but I love Yellowstone and here is what I have found. A lot of the fish do just as you say and run up into the smaller tribs. Good luck catching them though. They get very skittish because the tribs are pretty shallow. I'm sure some run up into the canyon. I've had most of my luck on the Iron spring creek and I think the little firehole when it gets into late July and August.
Lynn
No problem joining in.
I know there aren't yearly die-offs in the Firehole (some have occurred), but haven't read any documentation of migrations. Certainly many fish move up the tribs. I've been to Yellowstone twice during early August, and caught almost nothing in the Madison and Firehole. But I caught a few.

chechem
07-02-2013, 07:44 PM
Thanks Chechem, that should set up nice then. Since I'm staying at Roosevelt it appears I'll be closer to the prime waters. Since the two guys going with me are expecting me to be the guide (scary thought) I want to make sure I do as much homework as possible to put us in the best spots to catch fish. This will be my second time to YSNP and their first trip.
We are all lucky to live close to the Smokies and this place will always have my heart……but Yellowstone is an amazing place and I can’t think of another place in the country that offers such diverse waters with amazing views in such a wild setting.
I love sitting on the porch at Roosevelt, eating ice cream from the store just 50' away. Nice place and a good location for accessing both Slough Creek and the Yellowstone (albeit a good drive south from there). Fewer people around Roosevelt than around Old Faithful, more wildlife in that area too, so it'll be fun. I even went on the cookout one night when there; corny and fun. Great food.

Also, take binoculars and watch for the wolves at the turn to Slough Creek. Plenty of good waters in that region.

Hooked_On_Fly_Fishing
07-22-2013, 03:03 PM
Hey Chechem,

I am leaving this Friday (7/26) for Yellowstone. I've read some reports on line but I wanted to see if you have heard anything from your buddy who guides in the area. I think the weather and water flows for the streams in the NE corner should be perfect. I'll post a report when I get back to let you know how I did.

chechem
07-22-2013, 07:41 PM
Hey Chechem,

I am leaving this Friday (7/26) for Yellowstone. I've read some reports on line but I wanted to see if you have heard anything from your buddy who guides in the area. I think the weather and water flows for the streams in the NE corner should be perfect. I'll post a report when I get back to let you know how I did.
I am traveling in WV this week, and haven't heard from him. But Slough Creek and the Yellowstone should be HOT this time of year. Yellow or orange stimulators are always good there, as are all of the summer flies.

From the web this week: "Slough Creek Updated July 20
Green Drake, Gray Drake, and PMD hatches may bring up fish midday, but we are actually doing just as well if not better using spent caddis to imitate the egglaying caddis that hatched out the night before. Expect heavy crowds in the First and Lower Meadows."
http://www.parksflyshop.com/fishingreport.html

tnflyfisher
07-24-2013, 01:35 PM
Would love to be out there fishing right now...
Thanks for the pics!


Tight Lines,