Madison, Gibbon, and Firehole YNP

October 14, 2019 9:00 am

Check for Yellowstone National Park ROAD CLOSURES before heading to Yellowstone due to winter conditions.

Fishing has been fair to good this fall using a mix of dry flies, wet flies or streamers, depending on when you plan to fish. The Park closes to angling after the first weekend in November.

Flows:  Firehole R. – 289 at Mammoth Junction. Gibbon R. at Madison Junction –  111 cfs. Madison R. at West Yellowstone – 504 cfs. 

Anglers have been successful using size 10-22 bead-head nymphs. Streamers work okay when no hatches are present. BWO’s and midge patterns work best now when not stripping a streamer. Big browns are beginning to arrive below 7 Mile Bridge near W. Yellowstone.

Fish deep with small nymphs or soft hackles. One can strip streamers through the deeper pools and runs. Expect better dry fly action early or late.

Water temps are in the low to mid 50’s and 60’s, depending on which rivers you choose to fly fish.








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