Yellowstone Park Waters

October 16, 2019

Fishing Conditions

October 16, 2019

 We are getting down to the last few weeks of the fishing season. The last day for fishing this year is November 3rd. The seasons in the park are always a little ahead of the surrounding area. It is more like late Fall inside the Park. The water temps in the Lamar last week were hovering just above 32 degrees and the fish got lathargic as they got used to the new conditions. Dry fly season is mostly done except for some midge fishing. Cutthroat will eat a small streamer like a Zonker but they are more likely to take a stonefly nymph. The west side of Yellowstone is in the middle of spawning season for Brown trout. Try to avoid their Redds. Along with the fish, anglers have migrated to this area. The section at the Park boundry always sees the heaviest pressure. If you would like to be around less people try fishing the Firehole. It can have some fun dry fly action to wrap up the season. It will be small BWO's and midges.  

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries: Elk Hair Caddis/ Tan, Gray: 12-14-16, Snowshoe Caddis/ Tan: 14-16-18, Comparadun BWO: 16-18-20, Brook Sprout: 16-18-20, Hackle Stacker BWO: 16-18, Film Critic: 16-18, Tilt Wing BWO: 16-18-20, Hi-Vis Para Adams: 16-18-20

Nymphs: Green Machine PT: 16-18-20, Rootbeer Float BWO: 18-20, Batwing Emerger BWO: 16-18, Military Mayfly: 16-18, Pat's Rubber Legs/ Olive, Black, Brown: 8-10-12, BH FB Pheasant Tail: 12-14-16-18, Hare's Ear: 12-14-16-18

Streamers: Zonker/ Tan, Pearl, Black: 4-6-8, Lil' Kim/ Silver: 4, Dirty Hippy/ Rainbow: 2

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