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Fly Fishing at Yellowstone National Park

Posted On
May 22, 2015
Yellowstone Fly Fishing


One of the most picturesque and serene sights to behold in the landscape of Yellowstone National Park is the angler, standing in a stream, casting a fly. Some of the best trout fishing in and around Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho is found in Yellowstone National Park. Cutthroat trout, browns, rainbows, brookies, lake trout, and grayling are among the premier gamefish found in the park's pristine lakes, powerful rivers, and meandering streams. The legendry fishing of Yellowstone Park is world-renowned and has been a fly-fishing destination resort for a hundred years. Yellowstone has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to trout water. The Firehole, Gibbon, Madison, Yellowstone, Gardiner, Lamar, Fall, Lewis, and Thorofare Rivers all blue ribbon trout fisheries. Oh did I forget to mention the abundance of lakes and creeks? Well you get the idea.
There are over a hundred lakes and a thousand miles of streams in Yellowstone National Park; nowhere in the world are so many public rivers and streams found in such a condensed area. Seven varieties of gamefish live in Yellowstone: cutthroat, rainbow, brown, brook, and lake trout, along with grayling, and mountain whitefish. Only cutthroats, grayling, and mountain whitefish are native to the Park. Angling in Yellowstone National Park is a major reason many visitors come to the park each year and since it was created in 1872, the park has drawn anglers from around the world to fish its waters. In 2006, over 50,000-park fishing permits were issued to visitors firehole river fly-fisherman, yellowstone park.
The first river to clear from snowmelt in the spring is the Firehole River; it's often the only game in the Park on the opening day. The Firehole usually offers great dry-fly fishing during afternoon mayfly hatches and continues to do so until the end of June. By the second week of June, the Gibbon and Madison Rivers drop and clear, the ice comes off Yellowstone Lake, and the fishing season is under way for other waters. Most waters become fishable by July 4. Usually, the last rivers to clear are the Yellowstone and Lamar Rivers in early July.
The Yellowstone River is considered to be one of the great trout streams of the world. The lack of dams along the river provides for excellent trout habitat from high inside Yellowstone Park, downstream through Gardiner, the Paradise Valley, Livingston, and to Big Timber.