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  • Tuesday, March 24, 2009

    Yellowstone Hatch Charts Redux

    PLANNING = PLANNING
    Now Or Panic
    no tie? - just buy !
    .. We've had some requests for a hatch chart. There are many for Yellowstone Country, and no need for us to clutter the landscape. Here's our reprint of a post about the ones we use when planning for trips, or planning for tying. There are many more out there. These are just the ones we use.
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    (NB there is nothing sacred about hatch charts.
    They are even correct some of the time.)
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    WHAT IS THAT BUG ?
    When Is That Bug ?
    what's its first name ?




    -- As the season in Yellowstone National Park gets rolling, and more rivers and lakes open up, it's nice to know what the trout are likely to be eating. Hatch charts are one way to help in planing a trip, or planning what patterns to tie for your visit.
    -- At best the charts are indicative; at worst they are entertaining. There is no substitute for on-the-ground information, (check the sidebar for links.)
    -- The standard reference is "Fishing Yellowstone hatches" by John Juracek & Craig Mathews. This is no 'coffee table' prize. This is an excellent reference that will be worn out if you fish the area regularly.
    -- There are some excellent on-line sources as well. We've listed them below so that you can visit and bookmark them. Like all things fishy, they are weather and condition dependent. Pay no money & take your choice, all will provide insight for your fishing delight.

    Bud Lily's Hatch Chart
    Madison River Outfitter's Hatch Chart
    Total Yellowstone Hatch Chart
    Dan Bailey' Hatch Chart

    -- These will get you started in your planning and fly tying.