dry fly fishing for the Yellowstone Park opener is without question
the Firehole river. If the weather forecast is overcast, rain and snow,
the firehole is where you want to be. Yeah we know, small fish for Montana
standards but for the first consistent dry fly fishing of the year it
can't be beat. We won't do a weekly fishing report because, high or
low, hot or cold, it never changes from year to year. Here's the Firehole
Fly Fishing Report for the spring and summer.
The firehole from Biscuit Basin to Firehole Falls will have rising fish
on dark overcast days. Be sure to be on the river around 11:00-12-00.
Look for early season Baetis mixed with PMD's as the month progresses.
On sunny days get there sooner for PMD spinners. If you're not adept
with dry flies you can always swing wet hackles however there's not
much challenge to that.. The Firehole canyon will provide Salmonfly
fishing for about a week and if it is sunny during the opening week,
this is well worth your effort.
June to July
Continue with the weather pattern to deterimine what hatch will appear
for the following 4 weeks. PMD's and Caddis will provide plenty of dry
fly action and If your preference is nymphing, then go nuts swinging
soft hackles, it can be fun and you don't have to depend on weather
conditions. . Look for the flat water stretches and be patient if you
wish to fish dry flies. The riffle stretches around the Picnic area
is a good choice for hours of caddis fishing and good soft hackle water
can be found at the tailouts of any riffle stretch.
Baetis: Sparkle Dun, Adams Parachute
PMD's: Sparkle Dun, Harrop Transitional Dun, Foam Spinner
Caddis: X-Caddis, Iris Caddis
Soft Hackles: Pheasant Tail Soft Hackle, Sparkle Pupa
A good number of local anglers, fly shop
owners, guides etc. Love to fish this river. Lets face it, it is one
of kind. Many of these local anglers have been fishing the river for
half their lifetime. When they arrive on the water, they're usually
early. They arrive at one of their favorite spots, if no one is there,
in anticipation of a good emergence, whether it's Caddis or PMD's. They
are waiting for the emergence and more likely will be fishing dries.
If you plan to swing nymphs, just be courteous and find another piece
of water there's plenty to go around and more than likely they will
treat you with respect.