As we wrap up our first full month of fly fishing in the park and set our sights on July, we continue to be grateful for cool water temperatures that have allowed us to fish our Western gate rivers longer into the season that usual. With daily afternoon rain showers and daytime temperatures remaining in the 65-75 degree range, the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison all continue to offer an exciting days fishing without too much insect and fly variation from the previous report.
Marking the annual transition into prime summertime park fishing, the Yellowstone River will open July 1st, adding yet another legendary piece of water to the trout capital of the world's arsenal. It's always fun to fish the opener, but keep in mind that a healthy snowpack has led to a full river. So, don't expect ideal water conditions quite yet when rolling up to the river. That's not to discourage one from breaking out the 7wt and swinging wet flies in hopes of shaking hands with our dearly missed native friends. Dry fly action on the Yellowstone will pick up as we see consistently warmer temps and lower flows continuing into July.
This is a great time to break out of your comfort zone and trek to the seldom-pressured lakes and creeks of the park. Many of these places offer solid dry fly fishing mid-summer, and you never know what hidden gems you mind find. Carry your bear spray and know how to use it. Picking up any trash you find while strolling in our beloved park is always great fish karma.
Stoneflies will be a big player on park waters soon as their usual hatch timing has been suppressed by cool water temps.
The Gallatin and Gardner are beginning to turn on as well, and can offer a fantastic and scenic couple of hours on the water.
Stay safe, be respectful of other anglers and wildlife, and good luck!