Fishing on the Edge of Terra Incognita

terra incognita 1Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman MT
If you walk due east on Park Street in Gardiner, Montana to the end of the road, you’ll find a short trail down to the confluence of the Gardner and Yellowstone Rivers. In August and September, it is an easy wade across the mouth of the Gardner into Yellowstone National Park. If you enter the park on the North Entrance road, the Rescue Creek trailhead is just a mile to the south. The trail crosses the Gardner River at a small foot bridge and then strikes out southeast across the McMinn bench. The low Gardner is rough and tumble pocket water with large boulders and steep, brushy banks. It fishes well most of the Yellowstone season if you are willing to scramble over rocks, up and down rocky banks and through brush to access the best spots. The Gardner holds rainbows, browns, cutthroats and the occasional whitefish. In June big fish come up from the Yellowstone for the Salmon fly hatch and in the Fall, big browns enter the river to spawn. But this post is less about the fish and more about the experience of visiting the Gardner at dawn on a crisp summer or fall morning.

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