Visibility: 34 inches
Water temperature at mid-day: 60 Degrees F
Water condition: Stained
Best time of day to fish: Once opening day arrives, one can fish all day with good results.
Best stretch: Firehole, Madison or Gibbon rivers
Best access point: Lots of pullouts on the roads inside Yellowstone Park. Pick one and have some fun.
Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:
White caddis, bwo's, pmd's, midges.
Fish species: Brown, Rainbow and Whitefish
Fishing season: Memorial Day to the first weekend in November
Nearest airport: Cody, WY or West Yellowstone, MT
Recommended fly fishing leader: 9 Foot Leader
Recommended fly fishing tippet: 5X Tippet
Best fly fishing rod: 9' 4 Weight Fly Rod
Best floating fly line: Trout WF
CLOSED UNTIL MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, 2013
Anglers can expect to have good success using nymphs, soft hackles and dries as long as they keep up with the insect activity. Should rain or snow be an issue, switch to weighted streamers - woolly buggers, urchin buggers, zonkers, double bunny's for some action.
The Madison is closed until May 25, 2013, when YNP officially opens its fishing season.