Fly Fishing the Greater Yellowstone Backcountry

Book Description

Yellowstone National Park is one of the most crowded parks in the country, and for good reason: breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife, and for anglers, great fishing. Yet, even a short hike from the road or trailhead into the backcountry of the park and the surrounding area can put anglers into even better fishing, often in solitude. This guidebook focuses on backcountry fishing opportunities in Yellowstone Park and surrounding areas in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho (Greater Yellowstone Area). In addition to full color photographs of the destinations, the author includes essential information for each stream or lake, including maps and written directions, flies, gear, and timing.

Waters Covered

Yellowstone Park
Fall River Basin
Beula Lake
Boundary Creek
Cascade Creek
Hering Lake
Mountain Ash Creek
Robinson Creek
Lewis River Drainage
Moose Creek
Polecat Creek
Gallatin River Drainage

Madison River Drainage
“Beaver Meadows” of the Madison River
Duck Creek
Gneiss Creek

Yellowstone River Drainage
Blacktail Ponds
Blacktail Deer Creek
Cascade Lake
Grizzly Lake
McBride Lake
Riddle Lake
Tower Creek

West of Yellowstone Park (Montana) “Waters to the West”
Centennial Valley
Red Rock Creek
Odell Creek
Elk Lake
Elk Spring Creek
Hidden Lake
Graben Lakes
Cliff Lake
Wade Lake
Madison River Drainage
Between Highway 191 and Hebgen Lake
Quake Lake
Smith Lake
South Fork Madison River
West Fork Madison River
Ruby River
Upper River

F. North of Yellowstone Park
Gallatin River
Taylor Fork
Yellowstone River Drainage

G. East of Yellowstone Park
North Fork Shoshone River Drainage
Clark’s Fork Drainage
Sunlight Creek

H. South of Yellowstone (Idaho and Wyoming) “Waters to the South”
Snake River Drainage
Grand Teton Park Waters
Fish Creek
Flat Creek
Pacific Creek
Upper Gros Ventre River
Hoback River Drainage
Willow Creek (Wyoming)
Granite Creek
Grey’s River Drainage
Salt River Drainage
Beaver Ponds
Idaho Tributaries
Swift Creek
Willow Creek (Idaho) Drainage
Beaver Ponds

Henry’s Fork Drainage
Teton River and Bitch Creek
Fall River
Blackfoot River
Fish Lake
Harriman Fish Pond
Henry’s Lake Outlet
Horseshoe Lake
Warm River and Robinson Creek

Wind River Drainage
Brooks Lake
Upper Wind River
Warm Springs Creek

About Staples, Bruce

Bruce Staples, of Idaho Falls, Idaho, has fly-fished the Greater Yellowstone area for thirty-five years. His articles have appeared in Fly Tyer, American Angler, Fly Fishing the West, Yellowstone-Teton Country, and Fly Fisher magazines. He is the author of Flies for GreaterYellowstone Area (Stackpole), Snake River Country Flies and Waters, The Yellowstone Park River Journal, and Trout Country Flies. Bruce is a member of the Upper Snake River Fly Fishers of Rexburg, Idaho, and the Snake River Cutthroats of Idaho Falls. He is active in the Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF) and received the Western Rocky Mountain Council, FFF, Fly Tier of the Year award in 1990, and the Charlie Brooks Memorial Life Membership in 1998. In 2001 he received the FFF's Buz Buszek Memorial Award for fly-tying excellence. He is a member of the Whiting Farms and Daiichi Pro staffs.