SLOUGH CREEK

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Slough Creek is a favorite of anglers in Yellowstone Park because of it surface oriented cutthroat trout, approachable size, and terrific scenery.  It is a large meadow stream for most of its length with steep canyon stretches separating the meadow reaches.  Road access is via the dirt road leading to Slough Creek Campground, but many anglers choose to hike from the trailhead near the campground upstream to the First, Second, or Third Meadow (one hour, two hour, and three hour hike respectively).  Fishing is best starting when the runoff subsides and lasts until the first snows kill off the terrestrial insects that the trout feed on later in the season.  Delicate presentations and hatch matching skills are often required.

Anglers should be cautious when fishing Slough Creek.  The high banks that offer great views of the fish are often crumbly and precarious.  Bears and other large animals are also common, especially in the backcountry meadows.

 

SLOUGH CREEK

Slough Creek, Yellowstone National Park

Slough Creek, Yellowstone National Park