Fishing Yellowstone National Park
by Richard Parks (Falcon Guides)
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Hiked up to second meadow this past week to fish. Going up the inital ascent from the parking area we ran into the horses and wagons from Silvertip Ranch as they descended the trail to get supplies. The hike to second meadow is fairly long and strenuous. Plan on 2 1/2 to 3 hours if in descent shape. The scenery was spectacular. Fishing had shut off due to a cold front that blew in that day. Didn't run into any Grizzlies but this is prime bear country. Stay on the trail. Trying to cut the distance by going off trial is a big mistake. Grasses are tall and ground is uneven. Large boulders and dead-fall will hamper your well intended efforts. I will do this trail again.
It doesn't get much better than this, in Yellowstone Park or anywhere else. I prefer fishing at the second turnout, below the campground, thus avoiding a hike in waders, but all three meadows are well worth some effort. Long casts and perfect drifts may be needed, despite very good insect and terrestrial activity from July through closing in November. Slough is famous for inexplicable shutdowns, when no fish will bite even in the middle of a hatch. But should that happen to you, just look up and marvel at the beauty of the park. The area surrounding the upper meadows is prime grizzley country; take the necessary precautions, especially if you're camping.
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