Okay, here is a quick report...
I stayed again this year at Campfire Lodge and fished in the West Yellowstone area for a week...
I have to believe the most popular breakfast place in West Yellowstone...
Nothing like eating and watching guys catching fish
Three Dollar Bridge
Used a nymph dropper on a size #16 Hanak jig hook, I noticed always hooked the trout in the upper lip with the jig hooks. The rainbows really went for this silver beadhead nymph pattern.
A short video of Madison River trout sucking in Baetis emergers on this cold, wet early afternoon above Three Dollar Bridge.
Madison River in YNP
Trout on the Madison River in YNP sucking in Trico emergers on a warm, mild morning. Extremely tough to get to these fish because of currents and way out in the river. Plus, the wind always seemed to start blowing every time I would make a cast!!!
View this full screen to see all the risers.
Yellowstone River catching cutts (not me some guys above me
then back through the Hayden Valley to go to the Gibbon
Grizzly across the Yellowstone River. The great thing about September in the Park is only about 3 minutes to get through the cars and people who stopped to watch the grizzly. I actual saw 3 different grizzlies in Heyden Valley - all far away thank goodness.
Fun fly fishing in the Gibbon Meadows
trout feeding on Tricos
until it started to snow!! A heck of a snowy drive back out of the park.
Lots of snow Thursday late afternoon and evening.
Snowed melted the next morning and some of the trout were looking up!
I love bank feeders! (See my video
Yup, I caught the bank feeding rainbow on a size #18 CDC wing, cinnamon ant.
Lots of hungry trout regardless of the weather
My Hardy reels were screaming a lot!!
Jim Slattery, the owner of Campfire Lodge and I hiked up Cabin Creek to see the fish barrier they were building to stop rainbows from going up Cabin Creek from the Madison River and spawning with the Westlope cuttthroat trout. They took out 250 cutts to check their DNA and we were told they were killing everything above the dam and then are going to put the cutts back. The fish barrier is above the Cabin Creek campground.