The Yellowstone girls trip had a great first week!
The girls headed from Bozeman into The National park straight away. Camping and fishing for the first two nights near the Gardiner River. After a little refresher course on casting and technique, the girls were back at it, catching some beautiful rainbow trout. With fishing closures after 2pm due to higher temperatures, we had ample time in the evenings to explore the geysers and other thermal features Yellowstone has to offer.
After a quick viewing of the famous “Old Faithful” geyser eruption, we headed to our second campsite. A small stream near camp produced many beautiful Brook trout. The next morning it was time to head to the Lamar Valley in search of big cutthroat trout. We camped three nights at Pebble Creek, another fun stream where we caught beautiful Yellowstone cutthroat. A few rainy nights left the Lamar river quite muddy, but the girls, impressively, both landed multiple nice cutthroats using nymphs. On our final day in The Valley, we took a day hike up Slough Creek where the waters were clear and we could spot lots of big trout feeding. The fishing was tough but both girls landed fish. Hannah caught a new personal best with a 20” Yellowstone cutthroat.
The girls are awesome at helping cook delicious camp meals, and they like to make a fire each night. The wildlife has been abundant. So far, we have spotted bison, elk, deer, antelope, bighorn sheep, hawks, black bear, and even some wolves in the distance!!
We head into the backcountry tomorrow for three more days of hiking and fishing!! Everyone is in good spirits and we are having an absolute blast.
Ali and the girls