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  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014

    Enjoy The Snow

    FISH HERE
    .. The hoped for bluster has arrived. It's snowing right now. A few cool days are called for in most forecasts.
    .. Unless you absolutely have a very deep-seated need for catching fish of the outlandishly big variety -- fish the FIREHOLE RIVER right now. The faithful have already had their second cup of coffee.
    .. We're out the door.
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    Sunday, October 19, 2014

    Visitor-Weather Weekend

    BEAUTIFUL BRIGHT DAYS
    Visitors Parading Through Park
    fishers praying for bluster
    WALLPAPER:  MADISON RIVER - LOW AND SLOW

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    .. Our gentle and salubrious Fall weather continues to be a drawing card for visitors to Yellowstone National Park.
    .. The discharge of the west side rivers is slowing apace with the rapidly diminishing snowpack and the fish are bewildered by the shallowness of the dark holes and the bright orb in the sky. Catching is good but not up to snuff for Fall.
    .. The Madison River is just below seasonal discharge rates and is holding temperatures in the mid to high 50's. The Firehole River is also a smidge below seasonal discharge norms and temperatures are spiking to the high 60's. The Gallatin River is running above mean discharge levels outside of the park thanks to snow melt from both the Gallatin Range and the Madison Range, catching in the park, (and down-canyon,) is still an attractive proposition for the moment.
    
    FAMILY FISHING
    .. Baetids have popped nicely on the Firehole River and even the "OFF" water on the Madison River has produced some surface action. Most of the fish figure it out - most fishers , however, are in a streamer trance.
    .. Neighborhood streamer success comes in the form of traditional streamers of a smaller size than typical for this time of year. The bright days make small prey attractive to the predatory adult trout.
    .. Fish can be, will be, and have been, caught during the mid day sun. It requires a bit of stealth, knowing where the hides are liable to be, covering lots of water, and putting the enticer right in front of the fish. They won't move far from shelter in the bright sun. This is shelter from strong stream flows, overhead attack, and the blinding sun. Dark water, undercut banks, snags and sweepers, shade from trees and grass, are all good places to hide - if you are a fish. Think like a fish - catch a fish.
    .. Flies get tangled, trapped, swallowed up and lost in mid day fishing spots. That's just fine and it is to be expected. If you're using fancy patterns from a feather merchant it could cost you upwards of $20.00 before you gall a brutish fish. From a fishy perspective it seems that proximity is more attractive than pattern: hit 'em in the nose.
    BEAD HEAD  GLITTER NYMPH
    .. Along the Madison River large nymphs are taking as many submarines as the streamers. Then again these are fished by the neighbors in well known, (if less than popular,) hides.
    .. During mid day many visiting fishers retire to the parking lot and slouch in the chairs that they carry for show and tell and lie sessions while enjoying a protracted escape from the water.
    .. To many of the visiting anglers, "COVERING A LOT OF WATER" means driving to the next pull-out and wetting a line for 20 minutes. This is a great way to get to know other visitors and test your parking skills. It sometimes produces fish as well as anxiety.  Might there be fish hiding between pull-outs? Darens't one walk too far from the car?
    .. On a friendlier note; the pools immediately below the falls on the Gibbon River have gathered up a pod of sizeable fish working the shallows for both spawning gravels and the concentrated food debris that cascades down from the waters above. The trees in the new parking area deprive fishers of the security of seeing their car. The brave will be rewarded.
    .. We've got some lies to share - now where is that folding chair?
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    WALLPAPER: MID DAY MADNESS ON THE MADISON

    Monday, October 13, 2014

    Outage

    SELECTIVE LIGHTNING
    Confused Tech Weenies
    we sorted it out for them - sigh
    WALLPAPER: BACK ROAD TO GREAT FISHING
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    .. A little lightning storm plunked some voltage down in West Yellowstone. No apparent damage was done and the neighbors loved the light show. We called our ISP and reported the lack of connectivity. They spent an hour on the phone with us and diagnosed the problem as a dead 2-Wire modem that we've had for 6 years. We suggested that the problem was their hardware, and that the lightning was not benign.
    .. They sent us a new router, (delay) and said they were sorry for the trouble. We installed the router and had the same lack of connectivity and the same router symptoms, (more delay.) Followup calls consumed over three hours over several days and additional delay. Finally, a tech weenie was sent to our little remote village and found a single, (JUST ONE _ours,) fried card in the server / router farm in the black building.
    .. Apologies all around from the ISP, (more delay.) Now we're up and connected. We did fish during the outage. We caught some too. Reports of long passed adventures are not our style. Self aggrandizing posts are not in the offing. There is still good fishing and catching in the neighborhood.
    .. We'll let you know.
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    WALLPAPER:  THE RUNNER INDICATOR TREE

    Friday, September 26, 2014

    Sunny Shore Lunch

    NOT REALLY FISHING
    Summer's Last Hurrah
    it'll hold us through the winter
    THE STUFF OF STORIES
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    .. As seasonal weather approaches we can look back on the soft and salubrious days of Summer when the willows had only a hint of yellow. Of course the days ahead have their own charm - if not much warmth.
    .. Our village is experiencing an exodus - of sorts. Hard core headhunters are streaming in while the majority of visitors are headed to more gentle weather in the southern parts of our country. They will miss the beautiful bluster of the impending FALL. Their loss.
    .. The snow will put down the ragweed and bring the submarines home. See you in the conga line.
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    WALLPAPER:  PLENTY OF ROOM AT THE INN

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    A Couple More Days

    GENTLE SEPTEMBER CONTINUES
    Local Diversions Beckon
    fish down low or climb stairs
    UNCLE TOM'S TRAIL
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    .. For those with a penchant for "nice" weather there's still a few days left before it becomes "seasonal" again.
    .. If you must fish in the neighborhood, the possibilities are endless. Stay close and enjoy the sun along the Firehole River, Madison River, Gallatin River, Duck Creek, or the South Fork of the Madison River. Where else is there that much good fishing within a half hour?
    .. With a short drive you can fish the lowland Madison River or climb some stairs and visit the lower falls of the Yellowstone River. So many choices it befuddles the brain.
    ..We may visit SCENIC BUTTE.
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    WALLPAPER:  TAKE FIVE - SUNNY SEPTEMBER

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    Head Hunter's Secret

    TO PARK OR NOT TO PARK
    You Really Need Both
    the fish do park variously
    TRUE STORY !
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    .. Although the Barns Holes are justly famous and easily accessible to park and catch the submarines that run up from Hebgen Reservoir, there's a short walk to glory nearby. Of course you must leave sight of your car and fish for real.
    THE STREAMER NYMPH
    .. Just pull in any parking spot near Baker's Hole on the Madison River. Walk a little way to the sinuous meanders that straddle the park line and catch the monsters that rest in the dark holes and under the shady banks.
    .. You'll need a Montana Fishing License and a Yellowstone National Park Fishing Permit. Watch the sun because the migrants move from shade to shade in this wiggly stretch of water.
    .. The holes are deep, the fish are fresh, the elbows disappear with distance to the car. These fish are far less wary than those fish further up the stream.
    .. Enjoy the day - rain is best.
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    WALLPAPER:  DON'T STAND ON THE FISH

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Of Wayward Moths

    NOT HOPPERS  . . .  BUT
    In The Trees & In The Water
    wise fishers know the difference

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    .. Now that the hoards of heroes and headhunters are in conclave along the Madison River it's time to gather up the friendly fish of the Gallatin River.
    .. The Western Spruce Budworm gives birth to the Spruce Moth. Fly fishers call it a hatch. Silviculturists call it a blight. Our recent spate of warm winters and infrequent Fall "Hard Frosts" have combined to allow the worms to proliferate and so too the moths.
    -- 'Fire exclusion' and "natural management" of forests encourage woody debris and duff along the forest floor - the perfect habitat for the little wigglers. They are on the rise.
    .. Along the rivers of our neighborhood there are many stands of host trees and dense duff on the forest's floor. Fish eat the critters - both the bud worm and the winged form.
    .. The bud worm is not in the vocabulary of many fly fishers: the moth is increasingly a topic of conversation. The fishers and feather merchants today are scurrying about in search of the perfect pattern to imitate the fluttering pest.
    .. There are numerous varieties of bud worms and moths. There are nearly forty Choristoneura species, and even more subspecies, or forms across the United states. They love conifers. They eat conifers and breed in and around them.They eat the flowers and pollen of this years growth. They eat the tender needles as they emerge. They will even eat last years needles on occasion.
    .. They can ruin the appearance of the perfect Christmas tree that you have watched for two years. Fish eat them.
    .. The life cycle of the critter is an annual event. From it's egg to the moth it traverses several stages, (6 instars,) then a pupae, then a moth. Caterpillars weave a cocoon-like shelter composed of their own excrement and needle debris mixed with silk threads. They travel by air at the ends of silk strands. Fish eat them.
    .. The moths appear over a long period from late July to early September for their egg-laying tasks. They then persist until they run out of gas at the end of their life cycle. They are running out of gas right now. Fish are eating them.
    .. Despite the common name, the critter is hosted primarily by Douglas-fir, with other tree species such as the true firs, larch and to a lesser degree, spruce, also impacted by the western spruce budworm.
    .. The moths are not good aviators. They have erratic and brief flight paths. When they run out of gas they plummet to the earth in a death spiral. Fish eat them. Infestations can reach over 400,000 per acre. That's a lot of trout food.
    .. If the river you fish flows thorough a blighted forest - fish a moth right now. There are a few blighted trees on the Firehole River. There are isolated stands along the Madison River. There are brown trees all along the Gallatin River.
    .. Death spirals occur in the warm part of the day: over water if the hungry fish are lucky. Fish eat them. They float for a long time. Fish eat them.
    .. A white caddis pattern will work just fine. A normal caddis or stimulator will also work. The lighter the better. Mash them up and splay the wings. Ruin the beauty that came from the vise and you'll do better in the catching department. Better yet, have the neighbors kids tie a few.
    .. Damn the runners  --  full moth ahead.
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    WALLPAPER: GALLATIN RIVER VALLEY  --   FALL