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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-01-2015, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Yellowstone Waters

For those who may have plans to visit Yellowstone National Park this summer for fishing, be advised that the snow pack is the lowest I have seen it in the ten years I have been carefully monitoring it, and probably the lowest in the nearly 30 years I've been going there.

Also, the runoff seems to be peaking early.

I would suggest a July visit vice mid to late August.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-04-2015, 07:15 PM
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Re: Yellowstone Waters

Bob,
great advice. Wish I was heading there this year, but it'll have to wait... Maybe next year??
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Re: Yellowstone Waters

I am located right on the Yellowstone River, between Gardiner and Livingston, a few miles north of the Park. Many of our river levels in this part of the country are just half of what they normally are this time of the year, and we have had a heat wave that has already put fishing restrictions on a number of well known rivers.

Our local weather forecast calls for a cooling trend starting tomorrow which might alleviate the high water temperatures for the time being, but if it were me, I would thoroughly check out the local conditions before planning any fishing trip here this summer, and be prepared to change or cancel it entirely. Oh, and don't rely entirely on what some of the local fly shops might tell you. Not all of them are totally honest in what they are telling prospective customers.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-09-2015, 01:16 PM
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HAD A SMITH RIVER FLOAT FOR FIRST WEEK AUG GO SOUTH FOR WATER CONDITIONS A HARD TO GET FLOAT PERMIT GONE FOR ANOTHER YEAR YOU JUST NEVER KNOW
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-14-2015, 06:06 PM
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Re: Yellowstone Waters

Yep - things are in rough shape on certain waters AND then pretty darn good on others. We just got back from 10 days and had great water and fishing on Madison, Beaverhead, and Bighorn Rivers. While others were in real bad shape - Big Hole was hit with warranted restrictions on July 1 - that is the earliest I ever heard of that on the Hole. At least MT FWP does what it can to protect. In PA when it gets hot and low they just leave it to be a wide open stick fest...
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