Trout On The Fly

Yellowstone National Park - The Gibbon River

Gibbon River Brown Trout

The Gibbon River begins from Grebe Lake and flows a short distance into Wolf Lake. From there it makes it journey through Virginia Cascades into Norris Meadows, Elk Park, Gibbons Meadows to the Gibbon Falls. Depending on what section you fish on the upper portion of the Gibbon, the rainbow and brook trout range from 5”-10” with the occasional 14”-16” rainbow or brown. June and early July are the ideal times to fish the upper section with both dries and nymphs. Depending on the water temperatures and time of day, parts of the upper section can offer great dry fly fishing in the summer months to smaller resident trout with hoppers, beetles and ants. The lower section of the Gibbon, from Gibbon Falls to where the Gibbon meets the Firehole River to create the Madison River, is our most desired section to fish. We typically like fishing this section in the fall from late September through the last day of fishing in YNP, using nymphs, streamers or swinging soft hackles to larger rainbows and browns.