Monthly Archives: November 2008

Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

Thanks to Roman Kostrubiak for the following picture of one of the Park’s 10, 000 hydrothermal features and post from a Yellowstone National Park fly fishing trip taken in late September:
Yellowstone National Park Geothermal Feature

Theaux, Rocky, and Jason,
My trip to Yellowstone Park was quite eventful. We drove up in cloudy cool and quite overcast conditions.I fished the Firehole River in the Fountain Flats area with a very intense baetis hatch going on. Unfortunately my fly box had nothing in it to match the #22-24 bugs covering the surface of the water. My only success came from swinging a soft hackle downstream. During the evening, the intermittent drizzle changed over to snow showers. The following morning, after skidding our car on ice while crossing Dunraven Pass, we arrived at Soda Butte Creek in the Lamar Valley. It quickly warmed and became sunny, but a persistent gale force wind made casting quite difficult. Despite the difficulties with casting and wave action moving up the stream due the wind, I succeeded in hooking up with a fair number of Yellowstone Cutthroats all in the 12 – 18″ range. From there, we returned to the Firehole – this time below Fountain Flats; fortunately for me, there was a decent caddis hatch happening. I was able to fool several browns in the 10-12″ range feeding along the bank. These fish appeared remarkably similar to our Gunpowder Browns. The following day, after spending some time in the Old Faithful area, I managed to put in a couple of hours on the Madison – a little downstream of Madison Junction. There I found success with both bwo and trico imitations. Oddly enough, I caught Rainbows on the Madison and Browns on the Firehole! Since returning to Jackson Hole, I have been back to Flat Creek and also spent an afternoon on the Grey’s River – south of Jackson and a tributary of the Snake River. There the fishing was quite slow with occasional rises to caddis and pmds(?). I caught several beautifully colored Snake River Cutthroats in the 10-12″ range on a hopper with a pmd and caddis dropper. I am heading home tomorrow; hopefully you have left me some fish in the Gunpowder!
Hope all is well!

Scott Fly Rods in Maryland Prove Lucky

Thanks to Bill Feiss for the following:

Sorry for the delay in this note. I wanted to thank you all for the search and retrieve of my new Scott 2wt. rod and reel. I ducked out of the shop armed with my new stick and went directly to the Big Falls Rd. jump in on the Gunpowder for an hour of fishing. It lasted three. Did you know there is no cell connection down there? At least that is my story and my date seems to have bought it, for now! After fighting off those cute but annoying little fingerling brownies, I finally hooked one of significance, about 8”, measured on the neat measuring marks on this new rig. A week later, I was in Lancaster for some business and drove home via the back roads and pit stopped along Deer Creek just downstream from the power substation in some fast running flat water. Rigged the new peashooter and three false casts and one drop into an eddy and voila, a 12-13” bow that I thought was going to break my new rod!! If you haven’t had a chance to land a “big” fish (western fishing snob that I am, there really are no big fish in the east) on that light of a rig, it is amazingly fun. It was like fighting the big fish out west on the 5 wt. rod. Big fun, thanks for securing this fun new toy…you have got a great shop, excellent personnel, and are a great source of knowledgeable help direction. Great addition to the community, keep it up and good luck!

Bill Feiss
Baltimore, MD