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PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 3:08 pm 
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Hello all. I am planning a trip out west, (Yellowstone) next year and am looking for a little info from those of you that have gone. I have searched and read a few threads with great pics here. My plan is to backpack in somewhere off the beaten path and camp/fish for multiple nights. Has anyone done this? I am looking at doing a few multi-day trips in one spot and then a few in another. My thought was to fly into Bozeman and then head ?? from there. The timeframe would most likely be late August or early September. Thank you for any recommendations.


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PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 4:17 pm 
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I've been to Yellowstone 6 or 7 times and I'm totally unqualified to answer this question. I know people who have day hiked into remote ponds and also some who have made the hike into 3rd meadow Slough and stayed a night or two. I also know you'll need a wilderness camping permit at a minimum. And bear spray.

Have fun.

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PostPosted: December 21st, 2017, 5:32 pm 
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dryflie wrote:
And bear spray.


And more bear spray. Bears are probably as prevalent in the east, but you see them EVERYWHERE around Yellowstone.

And they make bigger poops than our eastern run-of-the-mill bears.

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PostPosted: December 23rd, 2017, 9:18 am 
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I have day hiked in to a number of the remote ponds in Yellowstone. Grayling/cuts and cut/bows in the ones I fished. Not huge fish in the high altitude ponds, but a quality fishing experience for abundant 8-14" trout And yes, a lot of bear sign. The fishing was very good, but I was not keen on an over night stay in grizz country. When bear become habituated to people I think they learn bad behaviors and loose some of their natural caution to humans. Just an opinion.


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PostPosted: December 23rd, 2017, 9:36 am 
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Have only done day hikes. I’d look at Cache, Pebble and especially Hellroaring Creeks as possibilities. Beautiful country, lots of cutthroat.


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PostPosted: December 23rd, 2017, 9:39 am 
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I've been twice, in September both times. I've talked to a lot of people who have done backcountry trips. I've done long day hikes, but not overnight trips. (My wife really likes to have a shower and is afraid of bears.)

At the highly popular end, there is Slough Creek. There are campsites at Second Meadow, but I'm told the longer hike up to Third Meadow is worth it. I believe you can keep going upstream from there into the National Forest and find more campsites. Expect a lot of competition, and make reservations for these sites early. Getting them may require some kind of lottery. There are some ponds up there that would make good side trips.

A trip on my radar screen is the Upper Lamar and Cache Creek. I haven't researched this as much, but there are lots of campsites. I'm told they are very popular with horse packing parties, and there are always a bunch of stock trailers at the trailhead.

A friend who used to work in eastern Idaho swears by the Bechler. Very remote, accessed from the southwest end of the park.

Keep in mind that in July you'll find a lot of larger cutts still in the headwaters streams after spawning. As the season gets later, a lot of those fish will drop down to the larger mainstem rivers.


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PostPosted: December 26th, 2017, 11:25 am 
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Great info all. Thank you. Definitely been in bear country before while hiking and fishing in the Sierras.

I have picked up a few guide books and am leaning toward the Lamar area. Slough creek and Soda Butte are certainly on the list. I like the idea of hiking to Third Meadow on Slough. And now Cache Creek has intrigued me...


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PostPosted: September 26th, 2018, 6:40 pm 
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Trip completed successfully! Camped a night just below the third meadow on Slough. Fished a ton on Soda Butte and the Lamar. Stayed in Silver Gate for most of the trip. Was just awesome! Need to find a way to move there....

https://youtu.be/69tppUUpOFA


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PostPosted: September 26th, 2018, 9:06 pm 
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Nice video, great to see some familiar territory. I love Yellowstone. If you return please take some time to visit the Geyser Basin and the Old Faithful Inn. The Firehole runs right by it and fishes well in June and late Sept.

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PostPosted: September 27th, 2018, 5:32 am 
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Glad to see you had some fun out there. Looks like there were lots of fish to be had where you were. I appreciate you taking the time to make this post.


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PostPosted: September 27th, 2018, 3:20 pm 
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Nice video. Recognize some pools in those photos!

I want to hear more about how you got the campsite up near Third Meadow reserved. I really want to see that water, and it's too far from the trailhead for my slow, fat ass to reach on a day trip.


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PostPosted: October 1st, 2018, 10:06 am 
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Jeff Reardon wrote:
Nice video. Recognize some pools in those photos!

I want to hear more about how you got the campsite up near Third Meadow reserved. I really want to see that water, and it's too far from the trailhead for my slow, fat ass to reach on a day trip.


Hey Jeff, looks like we were there around the same time. We were sept. 8-17.

For the campsite I had to fill out an application and send it in for the lottery back in March. We got our first choice which was site 2S4 right on the creek. It was a perfect spot BUT I have to say, I am not sure I would have hiked the 14 mile round trip if I had known we were going to catch the same fish in Soda Butte and Lamar. 18" cutt's in both rivers. If you were to do it, I definately recommend a minimum of 2 nights for that distance. It was a flat walk but with 40lb+ packs, it wasn't the best time. Bringing wading gear really weighed us down but considering we woke up with frost on our tents and frozen boot laces, I was glad to have it on. We pretty much fished till dark each day. I guess you don't really need to stand in the river the whole time but we did cross a lot and being wet that late in the day wouldn't have been fun. After we were back at the car, we decided next time, we were going to pay someone with horses to bring our gear in!


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PostPosted: October 1st, 2018, 10:26 am 
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I have done the Third Meadow trip on horseback. It’s nice, but you do spend as much saddle time as Fishing time. Start at six am......ride until nine am........fish until three pm.......three hours back out.......finish up at six pm.

The fishing was very nice,.........the horse/deer flies were the most brutal I’ve ever seen......anywhere.

We fished Hoppers right up against the banks........as the Cutts wer tucked in under those banks. A cast 18” from the bank was ignored........you’d swear there wasn’t a trout within miles of your fly. Put that same foam Hopper three inches from the bank and you’d get a trout every other cast.

Great fun, but just not enough Fishing time. If I ever do it again I’d definitely try to stay up in there overnight. It’s just too far for a one day trip, IMO.

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