10 Yellowstone Fly Fishing Tips

Looking for 10 Yellowstone fly fishing tips? Fly fishing in Yellowstone is one of the ideal places to do this type of fishing and requires a number of different tips so that it can be done correctly and safely. As Yellowstone National Park is one of the largest national parks in the country, there are a number of different areas and regions in where different tips should be employed. Take these 10 fly fishing tips in Yellowstone national park into account before you head up there for a fishing expedition you will probably never forget.

  1. Pay proper fishing fees. For people fly fishing who are 16 and up, fees at the park will be charged based on how long you plan to be fishing. Everyone above the age of 11 will also need a fishing permit.
  2. Visit Yellowstone Lake. This is one of the primary places where cutthroat trout can be caught in Yellowstone, though the park service notes a serious decline in Cutthroats since the introduction of a non-native trout species.
  3. Use only one rod and line at a time per fisherman. This prevents single fisherman from over fishing a specific area by casting with numerous fly fishing rods and trying to catch a number of trout at once.
  4. One hook flies. You may only use flies with a hook that has a single point when fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park. This is to reduce the number of fish that have hooks stuck into them or flies that become caught in the rivers and streams of Yellowstone.
  5. Know fishing limits. The size of fish limits vary from area to area within the park, depending on where you are fly fishing. However, the number of fish you are allowed to catch are the same. The total number of fish you may catch is 5 and the total number of brook trout is 3, of those 5 fish.
  6. Fishing from structures is not allowed. This means you cannot fly fish from any road, bridge or dock within Yellowstone National Park.
  7. Shoshone Lake. This is the largest back country lake in the United States and the second largest lake in Yellowstone National Park. It is not accessible by car so committed fly fisherman will have to paddle to it by canoe or walk through the woods to have access to the brown trout which are prevalent in it.
  8. Fishing Lewis Lake. There are a number of brook trout and brown trout in Lewis Lake and the ideal place to fish for them is by the waterfalls. However, all of these trout must be catch and release.
  9. Catch and release properly. When catching and releasing a fish you have caught in Yellowstone properly, make sure you don't exhaust the fish or keep it out of the water for to long. Hold it submerged beneath the water for a moment and then let it go slowly, so it swims off on it's own.
  10. Carry a tape measure on you as a fly fisherman in Yellowstone. This will allow you to properly measure the fish you catch and know whether you can keep them or not. Keep this tape measure in your tackle box or in your pocket.
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