I often wonder why anglers would wait in a line to fish a run. I know the access on the Lamar River is very easy in places which is nice if you are limited in time and/or have physical restrictions. That being said I still do not want to fish behind people or have them fish through my water. Solution? Don’t fish–Ha! Not an option. I fish the Lamar River in the canyon sections. Yes, it requires a hike; but, as I often heard growing up “nothing worthwhile comes easy.” I will say that the approach I use and the hike can be managed by most.
This past week I had the opportunity to fish this area three times. Two of these trips were with family; so, I was “guiding” while fishing myself. My primary flies are usually a size 10 gold Chubby Chernobyl AKA “Chubby” with the aptly named “Twenty Incher” in a #12. I usually drop the tungsten-headed Twenty Incher 30-40 inches off the hook bend of my primary fly. Based on the depth of my runs I will switch up my dropper to a size 16 Montana Prince Nymph about 24″ below the Chubby. My first cast produced this personal best (pic 1. Photobomb: compliments of my cousin Josh Gillie; credits: Joel Gillie who was lagging behind prompting my cast; Tanner West who manned the net and camera).
The next trip I pushed further upstream into more of the canyon concentrating on helping my favorite client William Tanner West known to me as “son, buddy, and Tan” catch numbers and his biggest trout. Of course, he was using the above mentioned fly combos which produced these fish (picks 2-4). I think it’s obvious that our trip goals were met. Total fish count was at 50 for the five hours on the water not to mention the “pigs” that hit the 18 inch mark.
So, I couldn’t help myself; and I returned with two clients from our friends at Curtis Wright Outfitters of Asheville, NC. It’s uncanny, but the results were comparable. We had plenty of takes on the dry (gold and peach Chubby) as well as our nymphs (MT Prince and Twenty Incher). Happily, for both they had numbers and their big fish (picks 4-5).
Leaving the water always gives one the opportunity to have the full Yellowstone experience. The hike, the scenery, and the wildlife (pic 6).
Avoid the crowds… fish with Parks Fly Shop.