June 25th 2011-Fishing Notes

A beautiful summer day greeted us this morning and it looks like we have finally settled into our typical summer weather pattern, lots of blue sky and warm sunshine. Run-off has been the talk of the town in Yellowstone country as many of our area’s rivers have just reached peak run-off. up to 3 weeks later than most years. For example the Madison below Quake is as muddy today as I have ever seen it, and the mud continues to roll in from Cabin, Beaver, West Fork and Indian creeks. It could be a week or more before we see fishable water in the float stretches. The wade water around the slide, $3 dollar and Pine Butte has about 6-12 inches of visibility. The good news is that trout like the following have been caught on a regular basis for those dedicated to the worm.

Further good news is that both the Henry’s Fork and the Firehole are in great shape and are fishing very well. Daily PMD spinner falls and emergences are occurring from biscuit basin to fountain flats. Be on the lookout for a variety of caddis species as well. I also keep a few yellow sallies on hand especially if I am concentrating on the upper Firehole. The Henry’s Fork is fishing good in the Box with nymphs as usual, but both salmonflies and goldenstones are gracing the boulder strewn runs of this fabled stretch. The lower fork is shingin bright with good catches from Warm River to the Fall river. be on the lookout for green drakes, goldenstones, PMD’s and a bunch of caddis. A goldenstone trailed by a beadhead nymph such as a shop vac, lightning bug, or BBB PT emerged in #14-#16 can keep you smiling from ear to ear right now.

Despite higher than normal water flows and lots of muddy water, the Yellowstone area is unique in its variety and scope of available fishing, and its many blue ribbon trout streams can be fished under almost any conditions. So while other areas are completely blown out, rivers such as the henry’s Fork and the Firehole provide a clear option for anglers looking for a little dry fly heaven.

Tight lines and Jumping Trout


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