Yellowstone National Park
Fly Fishing Adventure in Yellowstone National Park
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National Park is internationally known as offering superb fly fishing,
in addition to the wonderful scenery, wildlife and thermal features found
in the park. Yellowstone National Park lies primarily in Wyoming, but
parts of the park are also in Montana and Idaho, with the town of West
Yellowstone being a popular starting point for people fishing. The
total size of Yellowstone National Park is 2.2 million acres.
Yellowstone National Park has beautiful rivers that have a tremendous
amount of variety, offering a fly fisherman a wide array of choices in
where and how to fish. Float fishing on most of the rivers in Yellowstone
National Park is not allowed. As a result, wade anglers will find in
Yellowstone National Park a wonderful place to fish as you don't have
to worry about being run over by boats. Additionally, as roads often
roughly parallel many of the best fishing rivers in Yellowstone, access
is relatively easy (although short hikes will often be required).
As everyone should know, Yellowstone National Park was heavily hit by
wildfires during 1988, which had the driest summer on record for the
park. The fires that year burned nearly 800,000 acres, almost 1/3 of
the total acreage of the park. The intensity of the fires ranged from
very intense to low brush and grass fires. While the fires burnt all
parts of the park during 1988, the most heavily effected areas were located
in the Southwest and Northwest portions of the park (especially on the
western side of Yellowstone Lake,
around Old Faithful and West Yellowstone). In these areas, most of the
canopy was heavily burned, resulting in dead timber. While not the most
appealing to the eye, the fires did great good as they burnt out dead
timber and got rid of dead and dying timber effected by a beetle infestation.
Northeast and Southeast sections of Yellowstone National Park were also
hit by fires, but not too the degree found elsewhere. A visitor to these
sections of the park will see pockets of wildfire surrounded by endless
stands of forest and wide open plain.
Despite the fires, Yellowstone National Park is a beautiful place with
enormous diversity in terrain, wildlife, scenery and geology. Anytime
spent in Yellowstone National Park will be a rewarding one - even if
the fish aren't biting.
The wildlife in Yellowstone National Park is something that can only
be experienced. Large herds of Buffalo are easily seen in the Northeast
section of the park, aimlessly grazing in the Lamar and Hayden Valleys
along the various rivers. Huge herds of Elk will also be found throughout
the park, particularly in the various plateaus that are found in the
western half of the park. Grizzly Bears will also be found throughout
the park. Wolves will also occasionally be seen - the Lamar Valley is
a good place for sighting wolves.
The Southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park consists of beautiful Yellowstone
Lake, many smaller lakes and tall, rugged mountains. The Southwest
corner of the park consists of extensive forests, mountains, high plateaus
and very intensive thermal features. The Northwest corner of the park
(around West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs) has extreme thermal
activity, lots of tall mountains, open grasslands as well as large
stands of forest. The Northeast corner of the park, the most scenic
in my opinion, consists of very broad open, meadows that are flanked
by towering mountains. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is also
located in this section and provides an incredible site.
only "broadbrush" Yellowstone Park on this site as I have not
extensively explored the park, especially the backcountry. As such, compared
to other sections of this site, this part of Big Sky Fishing is a "bit
thin" content wise. Still, there is quite a bit here, so I hope
you find it helpful.
Currently, the completed segments cover the main fishing rivers in Yellowstone
National Park, such as the Yellowstone, Madison and Lamar
Rivers. During my last visit (the only time I visited the park with
a digital camera), I got lucky and managed to get some pictures. So don't
forget to visit the Yellowstone
Photo Gallery I and Yellowstone
Photo Gallery II.
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