History of the Casting Pond
The Town of West Yellowstone is known around the world as a premier fly-fishing destination. Besides being surrounded by world-class waters, Town has rich historical roots in the evolution of fly fishing as a sport and the technology associated with it. Since the inception of Yellowstone National Park, fly fishing has played a large role in the economy and culture of our community.
From 1980 to 1990, West Yellowstone was the headquarters of the Fly Fishing Federation. In 1982, this organization raised the necessary funds and supplied the volunteers to construct a casting pond on Town property. In 1967, Mr. Bob Jacklin arrived in West Yellowstone and soon started an educational program that is still very active today. Every Sunday throughout the summer, he and a number of volunteers work with anglers of all ages and talent levels to improve their casting skills.
After forty years of harsh winters and sunny summers, the original casting pond fell into a state of disrepair, and the facility has been all but forgotten by many locals and long-time visitors.
This new casting facility will function as not only a great amenity for town, our visitors, and our businesses, but also serve as a sort of cultural hub where the fly fishing community can gather. We also envision the new pond and park as a monument to honor our rich fly-fishing heritage in West Yellowstone. As part of that vision, we unanimously decided to name the new facility after Bob Jacklin, to honor his decades of contributions to fly fishing and our community.