Yellowstone Lake and River below Fishing Bridge

June 23, 2021 9:00 am

Yellowstone Park is closed to fishing until Memorial Day. The west side of the Park where the Firehole, Gibbon and Madison Rivers are located are the best bet for dry fly angling. Nymphs always work as long as they are size 8 and smaller. Yellowstone Lake is also fishing well near the rocky points and rock structures along the shoreline from Sedge Bay to West Thumb. Streamers and sinking lines or sink-tip fly lines help get those streamers in the zone and in front of some very nice Yellowstone cutthroat!!

The Yellowstone River opens in the upper reaches below Fishing Bridge on July 15. We will have reports on the hatches and water conditions beginning July 14.

Below Tower/Roosevelt, the Yellowstone River opens to angling Memorial Day weekend, the Yellowstone River is still high, but dropping now that the heat has erased the snowmelt. Salmonflies are being seen on the lower river, as are golden stones, green drakes, caddis and blue wing olives. Some PMD’s too.

Anglers are doing best fishing larger nymph stonefly imitations and streamers. Some dry action on salmonfly, golden stone and caddis patterns. We expect the dry fly action to pick up as water levels continue to drop and water temps rise.





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