Yellowstone Park Waters

September 24, 2018

Fishing Conditions

September 24, 2018

*The Bacon Rind fire has caused the Park to close access to the Gallatin River from the north boundary to Fawn Pass.* The summer temps are fading away and fall is showing in the higher elevations. The BWO's will be back out across the Park, even on the Firehole. The water on the Firehole will have BWO's and a lot of Caddis in the afternoon. The Browns on the Madison are just begging to get aggressive, the weather is making them start thinking about spawning. In about two weeks they should really go after a streamer, smaller may work better. The northeast corner is definately swinging into Fall. A hopper may still work but ants and crickets will be a better choice of fly. Just like the bears the fish are going to want to put on some weight before winter comes. Very slowly swing a leech pattern across the river. Lake Trout in Yellowstone Lake will begin heading into craggy, shallow water for their spawn. You could help try to get some out of the Lake.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Griffiths Gnat: 18-20, Quigley's Cluster: 16-20-24, Matt's Midge: 20-24, Biot Midge: 20-22, Purple Haze: 14-16-18: HiVis Paraemerger BWO: 16-18, HiVis Parachute BWO: 18-20-22, Ex-Body BWO: 16-18-20, Film Critic BWO: 16-18-20, Elk Hair Caddis, Tan: 12-14-16, Cutters E/C Caddis, Tan: 14-16, Snowshoe Caddis, Tan: 14-16-18, Headlight Sally: 14-16-18, Slow Water Sally: 14, Never Sink Sally: 14-16, Water Walker: 10-12-14, Yeager 409: 12-14-16, PMX: 8-10-12-14, Chubby; orange, gold, royal: 8-10-12-14, Cow Killer Ant: 14-16, Fat Albert, Black: 14-16

Nymphs: Zebra Midge: 16-18-20, Purple Death: 14-16-18, BHFB Pheasant Tail: 12-14-16-18, BHFB Hares Ear: 12-14-16, Dirty Bird, Hares Ear: 10-12-14-16, Grand Poopah, Tan: 14-16, Serengold, Tan: 12-14-16, Lil Spanker, Pheasant Tail: 12-14-16

Streamers: Zonker, Black: 4-6-8, Wooly Bugger, Black, Brown: 4-6, Simi Seal Leech: 8, Hale Bopp Leech: 8, GB Crystal Bugger, Black: 6-8-10

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