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Tower-Roosevelt to Canyon Village - Yellowstone National Park

This road section is the highest elevation main road in the park as it passes over Dunraven Pass. It has the Chittenden road that takes a scenic upward climb trail to Washburn Peak and its fire lookout tower. It passes through a bear management area, is near a 132-foot waterfall. It provides access to a beautiful high-country lake for some fun fishing and potential big animal encounters. A few picnic sites and a campground set on a hillside are also accessible from this section.

Fly Fishing the Yellowstone River in the Grand Canyon: This section of the river begins from the falls and goes to the bridge just east of Roosevelt Junction along the Northeast Entrance Road. Largely unimpacted by outside factors, the native fish population along this stretch is strong and plentiful. Fishing basically begins in July after the spring runoff subsides and the salmon fly and golden stone hatches begin and continues into August.


Flies to Use by Hatch During the Early, Summer, and Fall Periods of Fishing the River:

Early June: Not fishable due to high water

July/August: Salmon flies, golden stoneflies, caddis, streamers

Sept/Oct: Grasshoppers, attractor patterns, blue-winged olives


Fly Fishing Tower Creek: Accessed from the Tower Campground loop road, this stream provides small brook trout.


Fly Fishing Cascade Lake: June is a great time to fish this lake. The lake is usually easily accessible by the middle of June. Fishing slows in the summer but can still be good throughout the season. The only fish in this lake are native cutthroat and grayling, both of which must be released when caught.

  • Wet Fly Fishing: Wooly buggers, bead head pheasant tail, scuds, damselfly nymphs, soft-hackle flies

  • Dry Fly Fishing: Renegades, parachute Adams, caddis, Griffiths gnats, royal coachman

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