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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
These smalls streams all eventually flow together. Their
water eventually ends up in the upper Gardner River.
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