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#6527501 - 05/22/12 Yellowstone Park in September
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Trying to plan a trip to the park just after Labour Day (probably be in the park a week or so) in September and naturally my focus is to get some fishing done! I'm thinking Wooly Buggers as a start, any other suggestions for that time of year? I'm running a 6wt and intend to sample several different waters while I'm there.

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#6527588 - 05/22/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: patbrennan]
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Slough creek is peaking during that time. Unfortunately everyone knows that and fishing can be crowded. It is still a good recommendation that time of year. Focus your fishing around the northeast entrance.
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#6528087 - 05/22/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: patbrennan]
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Yep...done plenty of fishing there in Sept.. I also like Slough creek but find it too crowded, another nice one is Soda Butte Creek, and my fave is the Lamar.....
In september bring lots of hopper flies in size 12...I always liked letort hoppers the best, but its a personal preference thing. I would also get a few Black Ants in about size 14...have seen them frequently do a flying migrate thing in Sept.
In all venues in that NE corner of the park be aware and be prepared for Griz.....
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#6529515 - 05/23/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: patbrennan]
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#6529521 - 05/23/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: Mark R Dobrenski]
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Thanks guys, I'm really looking forward to it. I've fished the Lamar a bit and enjoyed it. Nice and open country to keep an eye out, thanks for the heads up on griz!
Pat

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#6530319 - 05/23/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: patbrennan]
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FWIW, unless you're camping, I'd recommend staying outside the Park, in West Yellowstone or Gardener, rather than in the Park. West Yellowstone has a lot of lodging and dining options, Gardener, not so many. If you don't mind the long drives, Jackson and Cody are also options. I've never fished it, but the north fork of the Shoshone has always looked "trouty" to me, whenever I've driven to/from Cody out the eastern entrance of YNP.

Jeff

PS - The only places that I've stayed in the Park were the Lake Lodge, the share croppers' cabins at the Lake Lodge, and the Lodge at Grant Village. The Lake Lodge and cabins were expensive and very dated, such that I couldn't recommend them to anyone. The Lodge at Grant Village is much newer, but still a bit worn and expensive, sort of "Motel 6" accommodations at "Hilton" prices. Or so it seemed to me.

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#6530393 - 05/23/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: 260Remguy]
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I am headed into the park this weekend to camp and open up the Firehole River. I have done this every year and will continue for years to come. Yellowstone has some unbelievable fishing.

Staying in the park is a better idea than some mentioned. I would suggest staying at Pebble Creek campground on the way to Cooke City. The Lamar is right down the road from there and a phenomenal river to fish.

Woolly Buggers cast downstream and against the bank then allowed to swing out to deeper water will produce good fish. I would first try dries and look to terrestrials, Hoppers, Ants and Beetles, close to the banks and up against the rocks where the water has some depth.

I fish that river almost every week after the high water clears and there are some real good fish in the Lamar. Pay no attention to most of the fishermen on the river, most of them can't fish and don't know where to fish the river. If you are here that week let me know, I may be up there fishing it and we can hook up...
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#6530546 - 05/23/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: shrapnel]
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We're pulling our trailer and will stay in the park. Plan is to probably move camp within the park once while we are there. (and hit the museum in Cody again!) Sounds like hoppers on top and wooly buggers through the pools will be a good start! Shrapnel, I'll touch base with you before we head out, and thanks.
Pat

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#6544531 - 05/28/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: patbrennan]
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An excellent time, as the crowds are about 30% of pre Labor Day levels. The wife and I have always been able to walk in a book a cabin on the spot. One might bring their camp/cooking gear and some food if he wants to run low budget. The fish can be very picky as they've experienced a full summer of pressure. I do well with gold ribbed hares ears in a variety of sizes from 10's to 18's. I have no luck with dead drift presentations, but do well with an across and down swing.


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#6939866 - 10/05/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: 1minute]
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Just back from that trip, spent a week sightseeing with a little fishing each day. #12 hoppers worked on the Lamar as Ingwe suggested. That river was fairly busy and the wind was whistling up the valley that day, which made casting a bit more challenging.
On a few other rivers I fished I had best luck with a beadhead black wooly bugger (#10 I think) swung across the current, or better yet, dead drifted through pockets in the riffles. Nothing big to report, but I managed enough fish to keep it fun! You couldn't beat the scenery, for sure.
One thing I was surprised at was the number of people in the park, way busier than I thought it would be for mid September. The campgrounds in the park were full virtually every night. Some afternoons on the Madison you'd have somebody fishing every 100 yards, though I didn't see a lot of fish hooked.

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#6940431 - 10/05/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: patbrennan]
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Sounds like it was a great trip. I won't be in the park, but will shortly be nearby for some elk hunting and cutthroat fishing.

Thanks for the post. Pics next time please,
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#6941695 - 10/06/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: patbrennan]
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Seems like it was a pretty doggone good trip indeed.

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#6945142 - 10/07/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: patbrennan]
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. Some afternoons on the Madison you'd have somebody fishing every 100 yards, though I didn't see a lot of fish hooked. [/quote]

Yep, the Madison is well known but it can be very tough at times since everyone wants to fish it. Since it is so easily accessible and so close to W. Yellowstone it tends to be filled with tourist and educated trout.
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#6954196 - 10/10/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: bamagun01]
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Originally Posted By: bamagun01
Yep, the Madison is well known but it can be very tough at times since everyone wants to fish it. Since it is so easily accessible and so close to W. Yellowstone it tends to be filled with tourist and educated trout.


Though when you get it all to yourself because everybody is on the Firehole and the fish are rising to some PMDs, it can be great. Especially if you forget the sketchy river crossing and the fried camera. eek
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#6955100 - 10/10/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: LittleCanyonCreek]
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There are times that I enjoy the challenge of educated fish. Not those that sit and brood in the bottom of a pool, but those that are smart and wary enough to actively feed in ones face. Even if they break off, I still feel successful if I got a take and hookup.
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#6979913 - 10/17/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: 1minute]
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I'm curious what time of year is "best" for fishing the park. By best, I mean # of decent sized fish that are "accessible". My guess would be early season as soon as the water clears from the snowmelt.

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#6982746 - 10/18/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: patbrennan]
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Fall, the bugs are bigger and the fish are hungry. September to October. Not as many tourist but still alot of fisherman.
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#7228818 - 12/26/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: bamagun01]
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First week of October has always been great! Especially around the 6th. wink If I'm not antelope hunting that week, I try to make it to the Cooke City area. Awesome fishing and scenery.

Bob


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#7230079 - 12/26/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: Bobcape]
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Next time, and there will be a next time, I'll go a week or two later and chance getting some snow.

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#7232800 - 12/27/12 Re: Yellowstone Park in September [Re: patbrennan]
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Quote:
and chance getting some snow


At that elevation, one can get significant snow any day of the year.
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