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Fall fly fishing in Yellowstone Country is one of the best times of year, if you can deal with extreme weather changes and the bears.  With the focus on hunting, there are fewer people on the rivers and lakes, leaving the area more open and less competition. 

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October of 2002 the weather cooperated allowing for some spectacular fall fishing.  I (Scott) took several October trips to Yellowstone's Lamar River, Soda Butte, and Cache Creek.  These rivers provide anglers with superb top water action for Yellowstone cutthroats.  The takes were so slow and subtle that you had to scream "God, save the king" before you set the hook!

In late October a couple of Georgia boys came out for their first trip out west.  The weather held up and provided them with some excellent days for fishing.  The first day was spent learning the basics and practicing casting.  The three went for broke out at Newton Lake the first half of the day. They missed a few fish and then the bite shut down.  They remainder of the day was spent at Shoshone Canyon below the Buffalo Bill Reservoir.  In the canyon the trout were up everywhere on blue wing olives and midges.  The guys got their first taste of dry fly fishing.


Day 2 Scott took the two adventurers rafting down the Shoshone River in one man pontoon boats.  The views were incredible and the day sunny and warm.  The fishing started off slow, catching a few on streamers.  The afternoon the mayflies began to pop and once again fish were rising everywhere to dries.  The guys don't want their wives to know it, but it is better than sex.  We got so involved in fishing, we didn't start home till dark.  Rowing for an hour after dark was an added adventure!

Day 3 the weather changed and it began sleeting and snowing.  This weather lends itself to the little blue mayfly.  We walk-waded the lower Shoshone working our way up river to pods of fish. 

The 3 days on the water paid off.  As their fishing skills improved, so did the numbers of fish caught.  You can view a  scrapbook page on their trip by clicking here.

November weather has been unseasonably warm.  Fishing on Newton, usually frozen this time of year, is an added treat with big fish feeding up for the winter.  The same is true of the Wind River where I have spent many of my November days in search of big Brown's and Rainbows.  The river is low and the action has been fair to good on big streamers.


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