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Guide to Yellowstone Area Flies and Hatches

Yellowstone Park and its environs are rightly famous for dense and complex insect emergences, ranging from tiny midges in midwinter on the Yellowstone to the enormous Salmonflies on the same river in early July. There are also all kinds of caddis, and mayflies ranging in size from size-22 Blue-winged Olives to size-8 Brown Drakes. Parks' Fly Shop does not have a particularly large fly selection, but we don't stock any "fat" either. Every fly on our shelves catches fish consistently within a fifty mile radius of our front door. We get our flies from many sources: River Run, Rainy's, Solitude, Umpqua Feather Merchants, Montana Fly Company, local tier Matt Minch, and many from our own vises. Therefore, you can buy any flies you might need upon arrival.

The pages linked-to in the "Flies & Hatches" section of the link box below give in-depth discussions of all of the important hatches in our region and most of the fly patterns we use, though of course if you have your own favorite patterns by all means use them. Most of the pages in this section feature hatch charts followed by a discussion of each type of insect or other food item/fly mentioned in the charts. The Attractor Flies page operates somewhat differently.

Continue reading below the links for the absolute bare-bones flies you need to have on any trip to our area.

Bare-Bones Yellowstone Country Fly Box

The table below includes a relative handful of patterns that should always be in you box when fishing Yellowstone country. All are patterns we stock. They certainly won't prepare you for all situation (that's what the other pages in this section of the site are for), but they will probably get you at least a strike or two anywhere, and on many small streams and other locations with less-discriminating fish, they might be all you need on a lot of trips.

Attractor and Terrestrial Dries Hatch-Matching Dries Wet Flies and Emergers Nymphs, Scuds, Etc. Streamers
Coachman Trude, #12-16 PMD Sparkledun, #16-18 Any PMD Emerger, #18 BH Prince, #12-16 Black & Olive Woolly Bugger, #4-8
Coachman Clacka Caddis, #12-16 BWO Sparkledun, #18-20 Glasshead PT Soft Hackle, #14-16 BH Pheasant Tail, #16-18 PT-Bugger, #6
Para Adams, #12-18 Soda Fountain Parachute, #10-16 Hare's Ear Soft Hackle, #14 Flashback PT, #18 White Marabou (or Kiwi) Muddler, #4-6
Purple Haze, #14-16 Tan X-Caddis, #14-16 Don's Glasshead Caddis, Olive, #16 Copper John, Copper, #16-18 Sparkle Bugger, Black, #8
Purple Haze Cripple, #16-18 Tan Partridge Caddis, #14-16 Tan Partridge Caddis Emerger, #16 Lightning Bug, Pearl, #16-18 Bully Bugger, Chocolate, #10
Turck's Tarantula, #10-12 Griffith's Gnat, #18 Tan SCHWARP, #16 20-Incher, #10 Joffe Jewel, #10
Wood Grain GFA, #10 Ben's Biot Midge, #20   Minch's Stone, Black, #6 Olive Woolhead (or other) sculpin, #4
Green Letort, #12 Rusty Spinner, #12-18   Minch's Stone, Golden, #10 Your favorite articulated streamer, at least two colors.
Black PFS Beetle, #16 Yellow Stimulator, #14-16   Minch's Scud, #12-16 Double Bunny, Gray & White
Ben's Bicolor Ant, #18     WD-40, #18  
Korn's Spent Spruce Moth, #14     Zebra Midge, Black and Copper, #20  
Mini-Chernobyl Ant, #10        


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