S2:E22 One Fine Day on the Gardner River (Day 1)

The Gardner River near the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park is a gorgeous fishery – with the added bonus of deer, bison, elk, and grizzly bears. In this episode, the first of a two-part series, we describe in detail one of the best days we’ve had fly fishing. We caught lots of fish (browns, mostly), got freaked out by a grizzly track along the trail, and was reminded of several key nymph fishing tactics. Click now to listen to this episode.

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2 Replies to “S2:E22 One Fine Day on the Gardner River (Day 1)”

  1. One June day about 25 years ago, I fished the Gardner. I parked at the pull out, began fishing right at the road. I began casting as I walked. The big stone flies were out and my “Clark’s Stone” patterns were working well–as they do on Oregon’s Deschutes River. Virtually every cast elicited either a vicious strike or a fish on. Biggest I landed was one 15″ cut. Many, many smaller cuts and rainbows in the t hours I fished.

    1. What a great memory! The Gardner is a special little river, and it gets overshadowed by the Yellowstone. That’s probably a good thing, though. I remember your “Clark’s Stone” pattern and am not surprised that you did well with it. There are ordinarily alot of 10-14″ fish in the Gardner, so a 15″ is a lunker–except for a few weeks in the fall when the browns are running. Take care!

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