Madison, Gibbon, and Firehole YNP

September 23, 2021 9:00 am

These reported waters are fly fishing only. North Fork Anglers sells Yellowstone National Park fishing licenses for your convenience.

FLOWS – Madison at West Yellowstone – 349;  Firehole at Madison Junction – 213; Gibbon River at Madison Junction – 83.3. The flows have increased some since late August.

We apologize for not updating our fishing report pages since mid-July. Without making a lot of excuses, it is because North Fork Anglers has had one of the busiest guided trip and in-the-fly-shop tourist season EVER!

So, thank you to the guided trip guests and those that came into the shop to purchase flies, leaders, tippets, new fly rods, fly reels, fly lines, clothing and gear despite the lack of information on the area fishing conditions. We appreciate each and every angler that has kept the doors open since the Covid ‘crisis’ began in 2020.

Even though the waters have been the lowest seen since 1996, the fishing has been very good in the Cody region. Water temps have been in the comfort zone for trout and these are dropping again as the days shorten and the nights lengthen. We are still heavily booked for guided trips and encourage those looking for a guide in September through October to call, not email, North Fork Anglers at 307-527-7274 for the ability to immediately reserve dates and guides. Hopefully, we can keep up with the fishing report going forward!!

Fishing is fair in these waters! We expect action to pick up now that fall has arrived with colder mornings and somewhat cooler water temps.

We advise small pheasant tails, copper Johns, Zebra midges, caddis and mayfly emergers, soft hackled wet flies, Prince nymphs, hares ears, tan or black North Fork Specials until the hatches occur – size 10-22 on the nymphs. Caddis, blue wing olives, midges and hoppers, ants and beetles are good bets for dry fly action mid-morning through afternoons. Mayfly spinner falls can be quite heavy in places on the Madison later in the day.

Brown trout are beginning to move up the Madison and lower Gibbon now from Hebgen Lake for the fall spawning season. Don’t be surprised if you hang one of these while fishing now. Larger stonefly nymphs and or streamers are recommended if trying for a ‘hawg’ brown.






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