Fishing’s good in Yellowstone National Park

Fishing conditions are improving daily around here in Jackson Hole. Lately I’ve been spending time guiding clients up in Yellowstone National Park. The hotspot right now is the southwest corner of the park; notable (and fishy) waters in this area include the Madison, Gibbon, Lewis and of course the Firehole. These popular waters are fishing great and I love fishing the Firehole with guests this time of year. Most days allow anglers to fish some great hatches of PMDs, BWOs and caddis, and when fish aren’t feeding on top, nymphing and swinging wet flies often work well.

Me, capturing Sam, photographing Bob, catching a fish… follow?

Firehole Panorama

Highlights from last week include taking Bob and Sam up to the Firehole. Neither had ever been there before and were eager to fish this great river. This was Sam’s first time with a long rod and he did great, catching browns and rainbows while Bob got his zen on and nymphed some nice swift runs. Super fun to spend the day with some great guys from San Antonio.

Sam shows off his first ever fish on a fly (a Firehole brown trout). Not a bad way to kick things off!

Sam's first fish

Bob shows off a nice Yellowstone Cutthroat trout; one of many he landed on a different day fishing with me.

Bob shows off a nice cutthroat

In addition to guided trips last week, I managed to fish yesterday with my friend Matt. We hit the road early and fished a sweet little cutthroat lake. The fish there aren’t big but they sure are pretty! Off to the Firehole again this week with eager anglers.

A gem from a high country lake. I think the Yellowstone cutthroat trout are my favorite.

Yellowstone cutthroat trout

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