YNP, Yellowstone, Madison 07.30.2012

by | Jul 31, 2012 | 0 comments

There are places in the Park that change every year, river bottoms undergo a massive change each season.  Ever read the Living River?  If you fish river at all, it gives a wonderful perspective of the Madison River and the changes it has went through during the days of Charlie Brooks.  The 6X6 bull elk rack, above from today, was not in this spot last fall, when I was here last.  I wonder if the river brought it downstream and left it here for us to enjoy?

The Lamar is on it’s way down, after a huge plug of mud from thunder storms in the NE Corner found it’s way in the river.  The Yellowstone in Montana blew out as well, but things have settled down a bit on that side of the Park and the Yellowstone has 2.5-3 feet of visibility.  I heard mixed reports today…..we are headed over to there tomorrow as long as the flows keep dropping by morning.  When the NE Corner is clear, it has been fishing well with ants, hoppers, smallish PMXs, various mayfly patterns and Wulff Cripples.

The Madison River in MT has the best flows for this time of the year since I started guiding it, 14 years ago.  The temps coming off Hebgen Lake are a bit warm in the afternoon, however, the river is still holding it’s own from dawn till about 3pm.  If we can get PPL and FWP to release these flows once the damn is fixed, the Madison will explode with trout.  Not that there aren’t good fish in the Madison, but we all know there could be a few more larger trout.