Fishing in Yellowstone is a true adventure and is on the bucket list for many a fisher man. If you are visiting Yellowstone consider working with the many qualified guides in the region. This article talks about the amazing fishing on the Lamar River.
The Lamar River, a tributary of the Yellowstone River, is a popular destination for anglers due to its easy access, and extraordinary Cutthroat trout fishing. While accessible by road, the Lamar River is also easy to hike to. Many high mountain ranges drain into the river, meaning it often runs high during the spring and into summer. The Lamar River offers opportunities for fishing the hatches, which can be done along the open meadow sections, and for larger trout, often found in the wakes of large boulders of the river, as this is where feeding opportunities are created for the fish.
The optimal time to fly fish the Lamar River is generally between late June to late July. This is when the water becomes clear again, after being murky and high from spring run-off. Water clarity is an important consideration when planning your trip. Keep an eye on weather reports before heading out, as after a heavy rain the water can become murky again, and this makes it difficult for fish to spot your flies. Larger terrestrials, (crickets, and grasshopper imitations) tend to be successful flies, but smaller terrestrials (beetles and ants) are sometimes better suited. As the river runs through a large meadow, this makes perfect sense as we aim to ‘match the hatch.’ Other flies that may be worthwhile trying are a Parachute Madame X, a Fat Albert, or a small Stimulator. Cutthroat trout are attracted to streamers as well as dries. Time of day may also be a factor worth considering when choosing your flies. If you fish early in the morning then fishing deep with streamers may be optimal, as opposed to the afternoon when the wind and temperatures pick up. In the afternoon you may want to lean toward fishing on the surface with dries or hoppers. Be mindful of your shadow when fishing when the sun is high, as this can easily spook fish.
The Lamar River runs about 40 miles long from the northwest through the north east corner of the park. Anglers primarily fly fish around the confluence with Soda Butte Creek. If you’re looking for an area with less fishing pressure, a short walk upstream will put you into a much more secluded area to fish. This area is home to wildlife such as bears, bison, and wolves. Give wildlife a wide berth, and remember to pack bear spray with you.
As with any fishing in Yellowstone National Park it’s advised to check the fishing regulations before heading out. Regulations can be found here: https://www.trailguidesyellowstone.com/information/yellowstone_fishing_regulations.php
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