Re: Yellowstone; Slough Creek

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Posted by Steve Chapman on June 21, 1997 at 11:40:37:

In Reply to: Yellowstone; Slough Creek posted by Rob Nichols on March 31, 1997 at 10:29:23:

: A friend and I are making a pilgrimage to Yellowstone
: national Park. We are going to be camping and
: backpacking and of course fly fishing the Slough Creek
: and the Lamar Canyon area.
: If anybody has been there or knows of any sources to
: find information on the common flies that are used
: in that area please let me know.
: thank-you.

you didn't mention when you were going, but I'll assume you haven't yet since as one followup mentioned there's tons o' snow left still. I've fished Slough Creek the last two summers and plan to again this year. I go in late July. Because of higher than normal snow pack in recent years, you have to get away from the roads to find any clear water. We tried Pelican Creek, Pebble Creek and Cache, but Slough consistently offered bigger and greater numbers of fish. Try duns and attractors. I've had luck with Royal Wullfs, size 10, 12. But the biggest cutt I caught was landed on a rubber cricket aka the Chernobyl Ant. Another good source of info is the Blue Ribbon Fly shop in West Yellowstone. Don't know if the have a website. But you can call or visit for friendly, reliable advice on water conditions, hatches and what to use. If you go to Slough, plan on walking to the second meadow (approx. 5 miles). If you're camping in the backcountry, better yet (I hear) go into the third meadow. With the snowpack, the later in the summer you go, the more clear water you'll find, especially in the Lamar Valley. I haven't seen bear or bear sign in the Slough area, but a co-worker saw a Grizz there last year about two weeks after I was there. Be alert or be food I guess. Good luck.

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