Fly-fishing in Yellowstone National Park is an awe-inspiring experience. Hubbard's Yellowstone Ranch is located in a unique position on the northern border of Yellowstone National Park and thus has access to the famous rivers and streams that flow through the park. The Firehole, Madison and Gibbon offer the unique experience of casting at rising Brown Trout while being surrounded by Buffalo, geysers and spectacular surroundings.
During the summer months, when the Hopper season provides outstanding dry-fly-fishing, Soda Butte and Slough creeks offer the chance of twenty-inch-plus Cutthroat0151and this is just the fishing inside the park. On the ranch property itself there is the spring-fed Merrell Lake, Tom Miner Creek and the opportunity to horse-ride into the hills and fish on untouched alpine lakes. But some of the finest fishing is still to be had while undertaking a float trip down the mighty Yellowstone River or testing your skills on the huge Trout of the famous spring creeks all located within easy drive of the lodge.
There is equipment at the lodge which guests can use for those travelling light. However we would advise all anglers to take their own waders, rods, reels, lines, terminal tackle and flies.
Rods and tackle in the 4-5 weight range are adequate. Dry flies, nymphs and streamer patterns all work and Yellowstone is famous for its Stoneflies and Drakes and as the season progresses Hoppers, ants and beetles. But the fishing is predominantly Dry fly. A floating line works for most situations but it's always worth carrying a sink tip line with you. With literally thousands of miles of water to fish, you will be spoilt for choice deciding where to fish. You can float down almost fifty miles of the Yellowstone or for the more adventurous you can even hike to the Grebe or Cascade and target Grayling.
Wading is generally trouble-free and the fishing is very productive. The river is populated with Cutthroats, Rainbows, Browns, Grayling and Brook Trout. Most fish are in the fourteen- to seventeen-inch range, with larger specimens caught each yeararound twenty to twenty-four inches.