Yellowstone River-Entire Waterway

May 18th, 2010

The days are counting down to Yellowstone opening many of its rivers to fishing. It is important that if you are venturing up to Yellowstone Memorial Day weekend to be aware of which rivers are open. Of course, one of everyone’s favorite (the Firehole) opens memorial day weekend and is always a great place to spend a day fishing when other local rivers and tributaries are in run-off mode. One great technique that works well on the Firehole is swinging soft hackle flies. This is an old traditional approach that most people don’t use much of anymore. Flies like the soft hackle royal coachman or the soft hackle caddis in a size 14 or 16 can produce some quality fishing. Also, if heading up north to the Firehole, Gibbons or upper Madison make sure you have a few caddis patterns because if this hatch pops it can be an amazing sight.

There are no major fishing regulation changes this year in Yellowstone but there are two temporary closures for fishing that you should be aware of. There is a fishing closure from 5-19-10 to 7-5-10 one-half mile above Gibbons Falls to one mile south of Gibbons falls to all anglers for road construction. The second closer will take place starting 7-6-20 and lasting until 10-20-10 from two miles above Gibbon Falls to one mile south of Gibbon Falls. If you have any questions about fishing Yellowstone or any other water please contact us here at the shop (307-733-6483 or

Good Fishin’
Matt Elliott