Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Guide for Grayling Creek (YNP)
This stream has some pocket water but it mostly consist of long sections of riffles. Its grade
is moderate and the current normally runs moderately. Its bottom consist of small to large
cobble and with small boulders. There are a few meadow sections but the water still moves
along at a good clip.
Most of the time you can just cast all the way across the stream and it is best to stay on the
banks and avoid spooking trout if you can. In many areas the banks are closely lined with
trees and shrubs and you have to wade to progress upstream.
Most of its trout are cutbows but there are some cutthroats, rainbows and even a few small
browns. Spawning brown trout from Hebgen Lake move into the lower section of Grayling
Creek during the fall spawning run. The fishing can be excellent if you catch it just right.
We normally fish Grayling Creek in an upstream direction making lots of short cast. This
helps get a good drift and helps keep most of the line off of the water to avoid conflicting
currents. Most of the time the trout will take dry flies but there are occasions imitations of
nymphs work better. You are always better off fishing a hatch and that is quite often on
Grayling Creek. It has a big aquatic insect population.
The stream seems to hold lots of trout and you usually don't have to fish very far to catch
several. Since it is near West Yellowstone and on the way to the famous Gallatin River, it's
easy to stop off and check it out. If you do, we feel sure you will enjoy fishing it.
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Grayling Creek (YNP)