.. YELLOWSTONE MYTH: "It's too crowded on Labor Day Weekend to go fishing in Yellowstone National Park."
.. Not necessarily so. If you have to fish the glory holes where the water meets the road, there will be a few elbows to contend with. But there are places that can be fished in relative solitude. The important thing to remember is that the less accessible the water, the fewer the elbows.
.. The fact of the matter is; for some people it's always too crowded - for others it doesn't seem to matter. At the risk of crowding-up some of the less crowded waters we suggest the following:
++ TROUT LAKE
++ GREBE LAKE
++ DUCK CREEK
++ CACHE CREEK
++ UPPER FIREHOLE
++ 7-MILE HOLE
++ SPECIMEN CREEK
++ UPPER FAN CREEK
++ UPPER BOUNDARY
++ UPPER BECHLER
++ BACON RIND MEADOWS
.. Of course, you can't have it all. But for those that want solitude, big native fish, easy catching, and simple access we suggest the Lewis River along the South Entrance Road. Most people just drive right past this water. Use a royal humpy in the pockets and pillow-slicks of the barely submerged rocks - size 12 to start with.
.. The toughest part of fishing Yellowstone on the Labor Day Weekend is the entrance stations, the parking lots, the narrow roads, and the exhaust fumes. In this sense Yellowstone IS too crowded to fish.
.. For the adventurous river angler we suggest a quick perusal of the Montana Stream & River Conditions page provided by the U.S.G.S. All reporting stations are on this page.
.. Gallatin River: low and cold - walk the banks between mile post 19 and 22. Have a good assortment of Humpies, Adams, Soft Hackle, and Small Terrestrials. Hunt 'em down and commence individual battle at short range. If you are blessed with Flying Ants this will be a memorable occasion.
.. Gibbon River: low, slow, clear. It was 20 F last night at Norris. The fish in Gibbon Meadow and Elk Meadow are becoming very selective. Your first cast must be dead on and the offering should be on the smallish side. These fish are inspecting everything very carefully. The best opportunities are in the late afternoon in the deep shadows of undercut banks. A soft hackle just below the surface - size 18 - 22. Good luck.
.. Gardner River: The Brook Trout seem to be very willing in the upper stretches. Try walking the banks around Sheepeater Cliffs. The parking may be tight and the fisher folks may be thick but the action is pretty good. Don't expect anything larger than 10" - but it could happen. Search with your favorite attractor, (size 10 - 14,) in the pockets and tails of the larger riffles. Keep moving and you should have quite a few dances.
.. We're going to fish the %*@$*&@# there are rumors of pre-spawn monsters in shallow water.
.. MidCurrent advises us that a positive review of Tom McGuane's new book "Gallatin Canyon" will featured in this Sunday's New York Times. Previous reviews include the one by "Bookllist" that place the Gallatin Canyon in Idaho. So much for reviews. These short stories are about folks that we all know -from: