James Marsh fishing Winter Creek YNP
Angie Marsh fishing Straight Creek YNP
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Straight, Winter, Panther,
Obsidian and Indian Creeks YNP
These small streams all flow together near the Indian
Creek Campground area of the North Loop Road near
the Gibbon River Bridge. All of them have a good
population of small brook trout.

These small streams are very easy to access, yet they
provide some privacy from other park visitors if you want
to travel a ways off the road. The creeks are a great
place to take those youngsters who you want to teach to
fly fish because they can expect to get plenty of strikes
and even catch some fish. They are also great just to
give anyone a feel for catching trout on the fly.

The technique for catching the small brook trout is fairly
simple. The little trout always seem to be hungry and
strike the fly with vigor. You can use generic or attractor
flies but specific imitations work best. Most of the time
they will readily take dry flies but yo can catch them on
nymphs and wet flies when conditions are not right for
surface feeding. .

We suggest that you stay low and as well hidden as
possible to keep from spooking the trout. Other than
that, there isn't a lot to catching them. Short, upstream
cast work best. Drag-free drifts help. Although the brook
trout are not very selective, they will focus on eating
what's most plentiful and available at the time. It is always
best to use an imitation that matches the hatch or what's
about to hatch.

The fishing season last from near the first of June until
the first of November.
These stream will too high and cold to fish during the
Summertime is the best time to the small brook trout
Early Fall is a good time to fish this area of the park. We
wouldn't suggest late Fall.

Fly Fishing Guide to Straight, Winter, Panther and
Indian Creeks
These smalls streams all eventually flow together. Their
water eventually ends up in the upper Gardner River.
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Type of Stream

Brook trout (wild)


Yellowstone National Park

Nearest Towns
West Yellowstone, Gardner

Last of May through October


Special Regulations
Yes, barbless hooks and others

Fishing License
Yellowstone National Park

National Weather Service Link

Fly Fishing Guide

Hatches and Flies

Fly Fishing Gear

Additional Information:
Fly Fishing Yellowstone National
Straight, Winter, Panther,
Indian and Obsidian Creeks
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with the dates you will be fishing this
stream and we will send you a list of our
fly suggestions. Please allow up to 24
hours for a response.

2. Call us 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.

3. Email us (sales@perfectflystore.com)
with a budget for flies and we will select
them to match the budget and get them to
you in time for your fly fishing trip.

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