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  • Thursday, July 30, 2015

    Are You Ready ?

    ABOUT 95% PROBABILITY
    Long Or Short Term Results ?
    weather affects most of us

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    .. El NiƱo is upon us. With just a little kick in the pants from the jet stream and some help from the Pacific Trade Winds the event could become giant. We'll let you know come next May.
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    .. There's a Blue Moon tomorrow night. It may or may not be consequential for most folks but keep in mind that it is in Aquarius with Venus in retrograde.
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    .. Weekend fishing report first thing tomorrow morning.
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    Tuesday, July 28, 2015

    Continuing Discussion

    WHAT DOES IT DO ?
    Get The Facts Straight
    ted williams weighs in

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    .. In our contentious and litigious society facts and reasoned arguments rapidly fall by the wayside when vested interests take precedence.
    .. It seems that we now operate on the basis of "pick your point of view and damn the opposition." Just watch the political circus playing out across the nation at this moment.
    .. The vested interests of individual fishers and groups of fishers, of environmental organizations and environmentalists allow breast beating and post pissing to rule discussions.
    .. We've been alerted to a lengthy discussion thread in response to the use of Rotenone. And yes, Soda Butte Creek is included.
    .. We encourage you to read the whole discourse and incorporate the facts you choose to believe in your next discussion of the matter.
    .. Perhaps even seek out your favorite scientific authority and do a bit of research for yourself. [[Thanks  for the tip J.B.]]
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    Monday, July 27, 2015

    Beware Of Yellowstone

    MAN LOST IN RIVER
    West Entrance Traffic
    gallatin still best bet
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    SOFT AND GENTLE

    .. As the shorter and hotter days of Summer engulf the two million acres to our east the visitors continue to forget just where it is that they are.
    .. A seasonal employee has been lost in the Yellowstone River while swimming with friends. Search and rescue is on the job as you read this, (LINK-1.)
    .. Traffic continues to be a genuine nuisance through West Yellowstone. During the morning rush hour the single left turn lane on Canyon Street moves at a snails pace. The traffic pattern and speed of movement is complicated by motorists attempting to take shortcuts through town. This tactic confuses the traffic light at the intersection of Yellowstone Avenue and Canyon Street.
    .. Should you enjoy frustrated tourists, road-hogging motor homes, driving tactics from around the world, and rental car familiarization: this is the place to be.
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    WORKS GOOD
    .. In our neighborhood, unless you choose to avoid the crowded Gallatin River beats,  your fate is sealed. It's not all bad.
    .. The ants are still moving around and the beetles have finally started to make a significant appearance.
    .. The caddis are a sure bet for all day fishing and catching.  A dry/dropper combination is what the neighbors are using. They are fishing hard and walking some. Seems to work.
    HOLY GRAIL
    .. Many "fly pros" and their counter help minions are sending the visitors to the Madison River below Quake Lake or to the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park.
    .. We hope that they told you that starting tonight the road between Mammoth and Norris will suffer nightly closures, (seven days a week,) 11:00 PM to 7:00 AM. Keep that in mind, (LINK-2.)
    .. The words that trickle off their silver tongues blast a litany of guide book rivers: Slough Creek, Soda Butte Creek, Lamar River, etc. It may come as a surprise to many that there are less crowded bits of water that yield willing fish of many varieties and sizes.
    .. With scorn you hear about "Beginner's Streams," "Children's Water," or "Brookie Streams." The scorn seldom is aimed at crowded fishing, poor parking availability, or traffic noise. So be it!
    .. We suggest that you follow the maddening crowd and take the advice of these pros and their worshipers. You may even catch a fish and you certainly will have bought some flies.
    A FRIENDLY AND VACANT  CREEK
    .. At the risk of banishment from the local clique of avoidance fishers we might suggest that Pebble Creek or Obsidian Creek or Indian Creek or Winter Creek, will provide fish, solitude, easy parking, glorious scenery, and maybe a bear or moose, or some small furry wildlife as company.
    SAVE A TREE
    .. We were denied beer and congenial conversation a few years back because of a post about Pebble creek, (LINK-3.) Enjoy the Pebble Plateau.
    .. The little creeks do not yield many hero snapshots. They won't demand that you cast into the next zip code. They will, by the way,  test your skill as a stealth fisher and precision caster.
    .. Rare indeed.
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    WALLPAPER:  DAILY DRIVER

    Friday, July 24, 2015

    Signs 'O' Da Times

    BISON HAVING GOOD TIME
    Road Construction In Full Swing
    visitation near new record
    WALLPAPER: GO FAST-PASS BUS-YEE HAW !!
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    .. Yellowstone National Park is not a petting zoo. Nor is it set aside as a playground for fly fishers only.
    .. Visitors take selfies with their backs turned to the bison just 20' feet away. Fishers stop traffic as they struggle into their waders in the middle of parking lots and narrow roads.
    PRIMITIVE PARKING
    .. It could be truly entertaining to watch if it wasn't so dangerous. Vehicles pass each other on blind curves. Parking lots are so full that plans are being discussed to expand several of them. Tour buses are larger and more full than ever before. Only the brave venture into the park during "HIGH SEASON."
    .. A fifth visitor was gored and trampled by a bison yesterday. The park news service is busy with their standard press release - again, (LINK-1.)
    .. Statistics for visitation for the first half of the year show increases for every month. Rate of increase ranges from 4.90% to 48.61%, (LINK-2.)
    CIVILIZED PARKING
    .. Traffic jams are compounded by the increase in pedestrians and fishers in the road and the multiple construction projects around the park, (LINK-3 , LINK-4.)
    .. Parking lots are so full that cars and mobile condominiums are parked in the traffic lanes. Drivers circle the lots for lengthy periods just hoping for a safe place to park.
    .. It can take more than 25 minutes to travel the distance through town to the West Entrance Station of the park.
    FIREHOLE FUN
    .. The buzz and speculation is that the increase is due mostly to lower gasoline prices. That may be a factor.
    .. There are others: America's population boom, an affluent generation here just got rid of kids and enjoy the summer to themselves, the burgeoning middle class in China is discovering the world, tour operations present an easy opportunity for good money; AND - Global warming. The park is crowded and will remain that way for decades to come.
    MORE FIREHOLE FUN
    .. By the way: Disney is now conducting tours of Yellowstone National Park. How long before they run the place? Probably in 2019 or 2020 right after their new Shanghai attraction is finished, (LINK-5.)
    .. Injuries from wading and swimming in the Firehole River are on the rise. A woman died by drowning just a few years ago, (LINK-6.)
    .. Despite the common misconceptions that the rivers are only for fishing there are many visitors that enjoy playing in the water in the hot Summer.
    .. One response by the National Park Service to the increased visitation is an increase in park fees. As of June 1, 2015 the fees have jumped up a notch and are expected to provide an increase in revenue of $3,000,000.00, (LINK-7.) That would make the total take from entrance fees about $15,000,000.00/year.
    GREAT BIG SIGN - OFTEN IGNORED
    .. National parks are setting records across the country. NOAA has correlated this, (partially,) with warming trends in climate and "good" weather, (LINK-8.)
    .. We've been advised that a bellwether condition exists at Arches National Park and Cayonlands National Park, (LINK-9.) Parking is a problem. Bus loads of people are a problem. Congestion and the "visitor experience" are major topics of concern.
    .. In our neighborhood the state and the town are already responding. We have new traffic controls including lane assignments, signage, and road improvements.
    .. The National Park Service is taking baby steps to address these problems, (LINK-10.) These are small parks compared to Yellowstone National Park. They are feeling the pinch.
    .. Yosemite has responded. We can only hope that Yellowstone responds rapidly - right now would not be too soon. [[Thanks to J.C. for the heads up.]]
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    .. The fish are doing well in Grayling Creek, (LINK-11.) We've seen them and hope to catch a few in a year or two.
    .. These are not the adfluvial Grayling that were dumped in Grebe Lake and move down the Gibbon River. These are native Montana fluvial Grayling from the Big Hole River that are housed in the  refugium of Axolotl Lake near Ennis, Montana.
    TRY THIS
    .. Caddis are the star attraction on the Gallatin River right now. Even in the rain and during the overcast the little skinny ones are happening. Tie a blade of dead grass on a small hook and catch a dozen fish per hour. How good is that?
    .. The recent spate of cool weather has slowed down the ants and beetles. The hoppers are slower but still moving and swimming the backstroke. They should finish their molt in a week or two.
    .. Now might be a good time to catch the sunrise in the Lamar Valley.
    Then again . . . .
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    WALLPAPER:  TUNA SANDWICH: HOMEMADE BREAD

    Thursday, July 23, 2015

    Mixed Bag

    RAIN DON'T BOTHER FISH
    It Do Bother Fishers
    try specimen creek
    WALLPAPER:  REMAINS OF SUMMER SHOWER
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    .. Depending on your selection of afternoon dawdling and strolling, you may have, or you may yet get some drips down the back of your neck.
    .. Those of us that fish in the dinky creeks - away from the maddening crowds - usually see less color and "out-of-shape" water than do the masses. The glory waters turn a beautiful shade of "BSB" following our summer rains. Even the small streams take on a bit of color but, they clear quickly.
    .. The Gallatin River in Yellowstone National Park clears quicker than some after the rains. On the other hand, it's sparkling little tributaries are very attractive even during the rain.
    18" FISH JUST 40' FROM THE ROAD
    .. Streams with names that even some feather merchants have never heard are full of feisty fish.
    .. Most have heard of Specimen Creek; some have even fished it.  Itinerant counter help can tell you all about it.
    .. Ask them what fish are to be found in Bacon Rind Creek. Ask them where to fish it. Ask them how to fish it. Ask them when they last fished it.
    IS 100' TOO FAR TO WALK ?
    .. If you enjoy solitude, pristine streams, bear sign, willing fish, and an occasional moose sighting along with pigs on your hook you can hike up the Bighorn Pass Trail to a lovely meadow. You'll be surprised.
    .. Ask your favorite expert which fork of Fan Creek clears quicker after a thunder shower. Also ask them how far it is to the confluence of the east fork and north fork.
    .. Right now the Gallatin River is being loved to death. Even celebrity fishers are seeking safe parking spots. With the counter help and experts alike, steering folks away from the Madison River, the Firehole River, and even the Gibbon River the crowds are forming along the Gallatin River.
    THAT'S THE ROAD - WAY DOWN THERE
    .. They are missing a bet. They could be fishing Snowslide Creek. Yes, it's a real place and there are fish waiting for dance partners.
    .. Ask the feather merchants how to get there. Tell them about this map if they ask, (Super Mapbe sure to enlarge it and read the names of the rivers and streams.)
    .. If you peruse the map you may notice that there is a little blue line next to some letters like Black Butte Creek. The fish are too small and it's too hard to get to - so say the experts.
    .. We advise you to stay away from Daly Creek. Heck, you can step across it without even a spring in your gait. Pshaw, golly gee whiz, you don't even need to double haul your two-hander to catch 12" fish. Where's the joy in that?
    .. Whether they admit it or not, feather merchants encourage seeking big fish. Fishers for some reason believe that they are mightily enhanced by catching big fish. They are even more of a hero if they catch those big fish where the guide books say you should. Even more - if it's on highly touted waters where you really ought to fish. GOOD GAWD!
    .. If you think that big fish are only to be caught in big waters - check the video below. Of course, one must be an accomplished fisher to catch a 20" trout in a stream that is only 8" deep and not as wide as the fish is long.
    .. We're off to Sourdough Riffles on Notellum Creek, it's not far and it's not in the guide books.
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    WALLPAPER:  THIN WATER - THICK FISH

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015