Yellowstone National Park update

June 17th, 2014

Yellowstone National Park opened for fishing May 24th and we have been poking around the areas closest to Jackson .  The Firehole has been getting the majority of attention and has been quite productive over the last couple of weeks.  We are offering guided trips on the Yellowstone waters that are feasible for us to get to in a day.  The Firehole, Madison, and Gibbon Rivers and Yellowstone and Lewis Lake is where we are spending the most time.  Westbank Anglers guide, Ben Smith was just up there, and here is his Yellowstone National Park fishing report:
Firehole and Gibbon Rivers in Yellowstone
June 14, 2014
    The waters are clear and at very fishable levels on both rivers.  While the afternoon offers the best dry fly action, using soft hackles and standard mayfly nymphs in the riffles is productive all day.  Look for areas where the water changes speed and slows near deeper runs.  Using a double nymph rig about six feet away from an indicator worked well.  Green Copper John’s and bright green caddis pupa seemed to produce the most fish.  Keep your eyes open and look for dry flies being eaten.  This will be your best sign to know when to switch to dry flies.  Towards the warmer part of the day into the early evening fish can be taken on Parachute Adams, elk hair caddis and some fish were caught on small stoneflies.  Stimulators and small foam flies from pink to yellow will work.  (tip of the day… Keep moving!!!!! If you aren’t catching fish, try another spot.)
Lewis Lake
June 15, 2014
    The opportunities on this lake are endless.  Lake trout are always looking for an easy meal.  Fishing from shore or from a boat.  Look for where the water gets deeper.  Cast a olive or black wooly bugger and strip it back to your rod tip around these likely spots.  Vary your striping speed and try to let your fly get deep.  A sinking line helps for this.  On Sunday, about 2:00 P.M. a callibatis hatch started briefly.  The flies didn’t last long after touching down on the water.  Many fish were rising in the spots that were not affected by the wind.  Search out these clam spots in the afternoon and watch the shoreline for action.  (tip of the day… Strip in your steamer all the way.  Look for fish chasing the fly!!!!!)
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