The geographical footprint of Yellowstone National Park and the areas surrounding it are undoubtedly some of the most pristine and wild places on this continent. Throw in the stunning geo-thermal features (hello Old Faithful!), and it's historical importance of being the first National Park in the world (created in 1872), and you've got a destination like no other on this planet.
Fly Fishing in Yellowstone
On top of all that other cool stuff, Yellowstone also has fantastic angling opportunities as well. The Firehole River, Gibbon River, Lamar River, Yellowstone River, Slough Creek and Soda Butte Creek are all gems that fish well. Since no float fishing is allowed in the Park all of our trips here are wade access and while good fishing can be found close to roads and trailheads, the real rewards come from taking a nice hike, getting away from the rest of the crowds to where the buffalo roam and the deer and the antelope play. When the conditions are right we fish lots of dryflies to rising fish in Yellowstone, and we've been doing it since the mid-nineties so we've got a few secret spots we might show you too.
Catching a native Yellowstone Cutthroat trout from the Yellowstone River in Yellowstone National Park makes for a story you'll be telling your fishing friends for years to come.
Fishing Seasons and Techniques
The fishing season in Yellowstone opens on the last weekend of May and goes through early November. Most waters here are accessed either through the north entrance at Gardiner or the west entrance at West Yellowstone. You can expect a bit of driving to get to the best waters, and probably some tiem stuck in a buffalo-jam, but the pace of life in the park is a bit slower so relax and enjoy the scenery.
A wide variety of mayfly and stonefly hatches will take place over the course of the season on the waters within Yellowstone, and the terrestrial fishing is also very good. We like to throw dryflies on the small streams that you find inthe park, sometimes big black beetles, sometimes tiny technical tricos.
While you can spend a lot of time fishing through the rivers that are in Yellowstone, we find a one or two day sampling here as part of a greater Madison River or Yellowstone River trip is the perfect match. Many of our package trips are built around a Yellowstone National Park day of fishing for good reason.