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The Seasons

Spring Para Green Drake

May to June 15

During the early season, water conditions can vary greatly due to seasonal runoff. Fishing is often at its best. The Henry's Fork of the Snake River is usually very productive, and the rivers on the west side of Yellowstone Park (Madison, Firehole, Gibbon, Gardiner) can be at their best.

Good catches of larger Brown and Rainbow trout are taken on larger nymphs in the Madison. Stillwater fisheries produce trophy fish this time of the year.


June 15 to August 15

The water condition generally comes into its prime during this period; and the weather is usually warm and comfortable with occasional afternoon showers. There are great hatches that characterize this period -- Green Drake hatch on the Henry's Fork, for example. Most spectacular is the Salmon Fly hatch, which occurs on many of the waters of this area, and the profuse Caddis hatches. Book early if this is your preference as it is a very popular time. Gulper fishing on Hebgen Lake or the Damsel hatch on Henry's Lake produce big fish. The Yellowstone River in the Park opens July 15 -- your chance for a Cutthroat trout on a dry fly!


Bitch Creek

Mid August to season's end

Water conditions are generally low and clear. Hatches are abundant with Caddis, Mayflies, and lesser Stoneflies in profusion. Hoppers and other Terrestrials abound until the heavy frosts do them in. This is the time to fish the Yellowstone, when Hoppers bring the big fish to the surface.

All the major streams provide excellent angling, and the backcountry fishing is at its peak. When the cold weather hits, Streamer fishing starts, and this is the time to land a trophy Brown Trout. Late fall fishing in the Park and on the Madison is unparalleled for quality fishing for big Browns and Rainbows.



Thanksgiving through March


Besides the chance to enjoy some winter fishing, thousands of Nordic skiers come to West Yellowstone each year to treat themselves to our superbly groomed trails and some of the best backcountry skiing and snowshoe trails to be found. Easy trail access, stunning natural beauty and a wide selection of amenities have made West Yellowstone an international mecca for skiers.

Bud Lilly's Trout and Ski Shop specializes in cross country ski/snowshoe rentals, equipment sales and clothing for your winter needs. We have an excellent selection of cross country ski accessories, featuring Salomon, Karhu, Swix, Exel and others.

Rendezvous Ski Trails

Over 40 kilometers of premier trails in the Gallatin National Forest are groomed for both classic and skate skiers. U.S. Forest Service Fee Area - Trail Passes available at Bud Lilly's Trout Shop Trail Conditions Rendezvous Trail Map

Riverside Ski Trail

Inside Yellowstone National Park, just a short block from Bud Lilly's Trout Shop, this double tracked partially groomed trail takes you through the woods and into the open meadows of the Madison River by the famous Barns Pools. The Upriver Loop is approximately 2.5 km and the Downriver Loop is approximately 5.9 km. Both loops require a traverse up and across a short steep hill or you can return via the track entry trail. Riverside Trail Map

Northwest Corner Ski Trails

Enjoy skiing into Yellowstone National Park beginning at trailheads along Highway 191 just North of West Yellowstone.

Bighorn Pass Trail Mile Post 20

Fawn Pass Trail Mile Post 22

Specimen Creek Trail Mile Post 27

Ski Safety

While skiing in Yellowstone Country, make sure you have a thorough knowledge of the area, the weather, your equipment and your stamina. Carry extra dry clothing, food, water, maps, matches and first aid kit for a safe trip. And always let someone know where you are.

Rental Gear
Available at Bud Lilly's Trout Shop - Daily from 8:30ish to 5:30ish.

X-Country Ski Package $18/day $12/half day

Snowshoes $15/day

Other Activities
If you're interested in snowmobiling Yellowstone Country contact

P.O. Box 530 - 39 Madison Avenue West Yellowstone, MT 59758
TEL: 406-646-7801   -   FAX: 406-646-9370
Email: budlillys@qwestoffice.net
Dick Greene Montana Outfitter #6396 - Idaho Outfitter #8245
Permitted in Custer Gallatin and Caribou-Targhee National Forests and Yellowstone National Park

Questions? Call 1-406-646-7801 or email budlillys@qwestoffice.net  
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Bud Lilly's Trout Shop

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