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  • Wednesday, November 26, 2014

    Upcoming Attractions

    WHAT A DAY !!

    Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twenty minutes. Half-times take twenty minutes. This is not coincidence.
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    .."Thanksgiving Day, a function which originated in New England two or three centuries ago when those people recognized that they really had something to be thankful for - annually, not oftener - if they had succeeded in exterminating their neighbors, the Indians, during the previous twelve months instead of getting exterminated by their neighbors, the Indians. Thanksgiving Day became a habit, for the reason that in the course of time, as the years drifted on, it was perceived that the exterminating had ceased to be mutual and was all on the white man's side, consequently on the Lord's side; hence it was proper to thank the Lord for it and extend the usual annual compliments."
    - Mark Twain.
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    .."Got no check books, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks - I got the sun in the mornin' and the moon at night."
    - Irving Berlin.

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    WALLPAPER:   THANKSGIVING BREAKFAST - FRY BREAD

    Sunday, November 23, 2014

    Food For Thought

    SOME WINTER COGITATION
    Synopses For The Moment
    in case you're surfing

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    .. There is a plume of smoke in the grass that needs addressing. It is smoke that will soon be on the radar screens of rabid activists and concerned citizens of all stripes. It might be worthwhile to get a jump on these upcoming hot button issues.
    1. A house bill that forbids scientists from advising the EPA on their own research.
    2. Maximum Sustained Harvest, (MSH,) just don't work on the Olympic Peninsula.
    3. Just who does contribute most to wildlife?
    4. The Keystone XL Pipeline game of ping pong.
    .. We know you don't care about our opinion but you best formulate one of your own as these issues are going to become the foundation of conversation and argumentation for the foreseeable future.
    .. Just sayin'.
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    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    Gentility Reigns

    TEMPERATURES UP
    Don't Get Used To It
    notellum yields a winter dancer
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    .. This year's introduction to Winter has been gentle so far. Just a couple of days of basement temperatures to keep us in the loop.
    ..There is a cultural malaise settling over the neighborhood as the winter aficionados await the snows and the fishers retreat to the tying bench. Merchants are bemoaning having to heat empty buildings and take inventory for the tax man.
    .. We grabbed a few hours on Notellum Creek with a group of neighbors, (they tolerate our geriatric gait and poor attitude.)
    .. The midges failed to make the curtain call but dance partners were willing to take some drowned flies of various sorts and sizes.  Dancing persisted for our whole visit and we even made a small fire to celebrate the mid day cotillion.
    ..It seems that dance cards are most easily filled with submerged,  nondescript bits of fluff. This is the time of year, (and through early Spring,) when the grungy rejects from the tying bench are most effective. We usually have an ample supply, given the ham-fisted nature of our efforts. For a change, the neighbors appreciate our efforts,
     ..Just a note: there are some invading submarines in Taylor Fork Creek. The water is low and the redds are easily visible - leave 'em be.
    .. Back to the bench.
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    Friday, November 14, 2014

    So Long, We Hardly Knew Ya'

    REQUIESCAT IN PACE
    It Once Was Green & With Typos
    we loved it then and will miss it now


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    .. There is a hole in the noosphere that shall not be filled. EVER.
    .. Pretenders have come and gone. They keep coming and going.
    .. They are filled with self aggrandizement and piddling profundities. Bless their pretense.
    .. The real world has finally caught up with Tom Chandler and he's succumbed to the exigencies of the important things, like family and the future. Good for you Tom.
    .. THE TROUT UNDERGROUND is fading very fast. We will miss it. For now, it will stay on our masthead - it's become a part of us. Click on over and watch the future unfold.
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    $3.00 Fish

    VERY PRETTY FISH

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    Enter Winter

    A SLIGHT TEMPERATURE DIP
    Thermometers Get Some Exercise
    casual fishers exit stage left
    WALLPAPER: READY TO GO - SNOW OR NO
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    .. With just a skiff of snow on the ground the recent  overnight temperatures have found the -25° F mark. This has the makings of what the neighbors call "A Plumbers Winter." With no deep blanket of snow on the ground, the frost line will rapidly seek the deeply buried water and sewer lines. Backhoe operators and plumbers rejoice.
    PENGUIN
    .. Last night we got a striking warm up to the astronomical heights of a mere -15° F. Daytime highs should hover around 15° or 20° and precipitate a light intermittent dusting of snow for a few tropical days in the high 20's.
    .. The midges of winter have not made a significant appearance as yet. The sun has played peek-a-boo with some heavy clouds and the little fliers seem to demand very bright sun for their entrance on the winter stage. 
    CHAMOIS WORM
    .. Some of the neighbors are haunting the lower stretches of the South Fork of the Madison River. The late run of spawners has come home and the race is on. Fishing will be closed on the South Fork at the end of the month.
    .. Time was, not 10 years ago, that a snowmachine was required to reach the good parking spots for fresh run fish. Today, and for another week or so, neighborhood pickemups are crowding the secret roads and trails along this productive stretch. Have we seen the future?
    STONEFLY NYMPH
    .. Lowland fishing on the Madison River around Reynolds Pass and above Ennis, Montana is exceptionally good a the moment. Discharge from Hebgen Dam is down to 800 cfs and, between the dam and the South Fork of the Madison River, fish are clustered in the dark water and glassy windows in mid stream.
    .. Even below Cameron, Montana the flows are 300 cfs below seasonal norms and the water temperature is down to about 40° F. Finding the fish is easy. Hitting them in the nose requires just a bit of finesse with line mending and precision casting.
    .. The part time seasonal fishing guides have either left our village for warmer climes or moved on to their winter jobs to feed on the upcoming influx of winter tourists.
    .. The full time local guides have the knowledge, expertise, experience, and gumption to make an excellent living during the winter. Ask your favorite feather merchant to fish with a winter guide. Ask to speak with the guide and find out if they are just counter help or if they are frequently on the water.
    ..  Although a few of the neighbors are sticking with large streamers and giant rubber legs flies for South Fork fishing, most have discovered that the Penguin, Chamois Worm, and Stonefly Nymphs are gathering up the submarines of the South Fork,
    .. We've tripled up our layers and are heading into the fray. 
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    WALLPAPER: EWE 4 YOU

    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Salsiccia To Drool Over

    SELDOM SEEN AROUND HERE
    Better Than A Pizza Parlor
    seek it out for pure pleasure
    WALLPAPER: THE WAY IT OUGHT TO BE

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    .. Ready for the oven,
    .. Rustic bread pizza crust, tomato sauce, olives, mushrooms, sausage, salsiccia, sliced mozzarella, shredded mozzarella, grated parmigiana, secret blend of herbs and spices, -- all lubricated with a bit of olive oil.  10 or 12 minutes at 450°.
    .. Better than a mashed sandwich with a cold one for shore lunch.
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    WALLPAPER:  Recuerdos de Yellowstone