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  • Monday, September 01, 2014

    September -- ALREADY !!

    THE HIGH POINTS
    Mud Just Like Spring
    the faithful return to the firehole
    ON THE LAMAR  --  CAUGHT A FISH HERE ONCE
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    .. As it turns out the last few days weeks of cool rain have turned the fishing demography of Yellowstone National Park on it's ear.
    .. On this day, (National Chicken Boy Day, Labor Day, No Rhyme [nor reason] Day,) take your pick; there are strange happenings appearing in and around the park.
    .. Fishers are invading forgotten haunts along famous rivers. The Lamar River is running bank full and scouring it's channel with a discharge that frightens even the fish. It is setting seasonal daily records with regularity.
    .. The Madison River is at levels most reminiscent of this Spring's runoff. House rock is in danger of drowning and the Gallatin River canyon is not the wader's paradise that it should be during the first of September.
    USE ME DROWNED OR DRY
    .. Even with the buffer of Yellowstone Lake, the Yellowstone River is up - but fishing very well. It's been a wet mid Summer.
    .. Slough Creek demands a smidgen more water savvy than is usually present from visiting fishers  --  if they want good catching.
    .. On the other hand, even with discharge rates near record levels the Firehole River is providing exceptional catching. It might have something to do with the 25°F drop in temperature over the last two days. The color is good and the unusual dark color of Nez Perce has not added much mud to the areas downstream.
    .. The clogged roads of our village are thinning out and wet waders are reappearing in the crowded aisles of our grocery emporiums. The olfactory symphony of fishy neoprene, stale perspiration, cut meat, and fresh fruit is a wonder to behold.
    .. We suggest that you be here yesterday to get in on the rare opportunity to successfully fish the Firehole River on Labor Day.
    .. We're headed to an unnamed tributary on the "Wrong Side" of the Madison River. Discharge be damned, we're putting on waders and going catching.
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    CROSS NEAR HERE AND FIND A SPRING FED TRIBUTARY

    Saturday, August 30, 2014

    Really ?

    MONTANA BLOGCON
    We're The Token Fisher
    a pleasant escape to luxury
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    .. So then; we've been invited.
    .. We accepted. We're not sure what it's all about but we'll let you know.
    .. Right now it's raining and we're headed out the door for some catching.
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    Friday, August 29, 2014

    Swarms - - A Pair

    RIGHT NOW
    Big Ones & Little Ones
    trout can be peculiar
    COURTESY PHOTO:  Wayne's Word - (Thanks Wayne)
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    .. So there was a swarm and fall of "flying ants" on Tuesday. All around Hebgen Lake fishers rejoiced and fish gobbled them up.  Catching was sublime. On Wednesday the neighbors and guides and visiting sports made haste to take advantage of the blessing from the sky. A massive migration to the lake took place. SURPRISE!
    .. Instead of  the "flying ants" of yesterday there were ants so small that it was hard to see them in the sky but the fish saw them all over the water. These very small ants were the food of choice despite the abundance of "flying ants" that were clearly visible in the air and on the water.
    .. How small, you ask? A size 20 Trico with the wings pulled off and the body mashed together was a size too big and constantly refused. Now that is small.
    .. The real frustration of the current situation is that the fish have not been 'boat shy.' Dimples on the gunwales of boats, noses boinking the boats. tail splashes that wet fishers in boats, all were common and it would have been easier to net a fish than stick it with a fly.
    .. This condition may persist for another day or two. Fish very very small or fish elsewhere.
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    WALLPAPER:  WILDFLOWERS AND DAILY BREAD

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Just Could Be

    COULD BE A CADDIS
    Could Be A Beetle
    could be anything that trout eat
    COULD BE A NYMPH
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    .. We fish a lot of "could be's." Trout eat a lot of could be's. We're not chasing the trout gourmand. We're after a fish that wants to eat. Glutton vs. gourmand is an interesting proposition when it comes to trout,
    .. We don't count numbers or sizes too often. We do, regularly,  notice color, conformation, health, and such. We look around at the scenery and the sky and the bushes and grasses under foot as well.
    .. We haven't the anal retentive disposition to be finicky about exact sizes and shapes and colors. We're probably missing a lot of important and esoteric information about trout and their diet and behavior and feeding patterns. We don't miss it. Or we don't know that we miss it. We just go fishing. Sometimes it's about the fish.
    .. We're pretty nonchalant about catching but not about the going in going fishing. Getting gone is the best part of going fishing. We leave it all behind. We look forward. We seek different things: solitude, comradeship, new vistas, familiar and favorite places, the quiet, the sounds, whatever. Sometimes we seek fish.
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    COULD BE A BEETLE

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    No Fishing On Wednesday Or Thursday

    A BREAK IN THE RAIN
    Hoppers Will Be Happy
    time for sundry tasks, and such
    WALLPAPER: WILDFLOWERS AND FRESH BREAD
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    .. Jeez, it's  wonderful. The temperatures are bearable, the grass is green, the wildflowers have lasted too long, the ants have had continuous work, the trees are drunk with liquid, and fishers have rejoiced in the clouds, overcast and catching opportunities. We've had a bit of rain - everyday.
    BLUE FISH FOOD
    .. It looks like mid week will be bright, sunny, and slightly warmer, (well into the 70's.) Fish will hide from the sun. Hoppers will dry their wings. The days will be salubrious and inviting. It will be picnic weather in Yellowstone country. The evenings should be gentle and lazy. There will be time to take a break in catching to catch up on chores. It will pain the neighbors who fish to see the sun. They'll get over it.
    .. This recent spate of cool damp weather has been a blessing for fishers and the bane of tourists from the southern half of the United States. 
    FOOD CONVEYOR
    .. The Firehole River has lost over 10° F and is being fished with impunity. Wiggly fish are being released with glee as the fishers have gotten a rare opportunity to both fish and catch in mid August. There is a slight warming trend in the forecast and the waters will probably warm to lethal temperatures again.
    .. Nez Perce Creek flows into the Firehole River above a very fishy stretch of water. The fish have concentrated themselves below the confluence and fishers have been slow to figure this out, the fish were quicker on the uptake.
    .. Gulpers are gulping sporadically above the weed beds in Hebgen Reservoir. Lucky fishers who manage to hit the lake before the squalls do manage to catch a few outsized trout sampling the surfacing bugs. It's not the sure thing that it's been in recent memory but it is a rewarding pastime.
    .. The hoppers struggling to fly up the road on the Galllatin River are finding water as frequently as land. The fish like this.
    hors d'oeuvre
    .. The hoppers are joined by the flooded out ants in learning the backstroke. The little streams that feed the Gallatin River are running full and sweeping debris and food downstream. It's paradise for fish. Fishers are scarce and the poor fish have very few dance partners - so be it.
    .. The wet weather has produced little puddles of water that persist for days or a week or two. That's long enough fo another generation of mosquitoes to burst forth. It's not like the summer swamps of Alaska but it is providing another welcome food source for the fish.
    .. All in all, it's been an August of a different stripe. Not unknown but not the joy of Summer that visitors expect. Local sports and many of the neighbors are hoping for extended coolness. We're not sure what will happen in the next three weeks but fishing and catching should continue to be exceptional.
    .. We've got rain gear drying in the hall.
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    WALLPAPER: POTTER WASP BEFORE BEING EATEN

    Thursday, August 21, 2014

    Head Hunting

    ONLY FOR SERIOUS FISHERS
    Grab Your Best Game
    the mouse rules the night
    WALLPAPER: IS A MOUSE A FLY ?
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    .. The mouse is running wild in the neighborhood. The mouse is secretly being fished, as well, by those fisher folk with the dinky fly affliction.
    .. Many of the neighbors are trading sleep for giant fish. It's not just a local phenomenon either. Fishers across our nation have been bitten by the mouse. Nothing, it seems, breeds success like success.
    .. We've long advocated using a deer hair mouse for catching large trout. We've not been fooled by the hype that paints a top predator in our streams as a soft-sucking, fly-eating,  pansy. We know better and so should you.
    .. Mice are excellent swimmers. They often take to the water to travel along the shoreline of lakes and rivers and swamps. They are very efficient foragers and  will go to extreme lengths to stay fat and healthy. They scurry around their territories with a zeal matched by few foragers. Often this leads to their demise. Birds, snakes, weasels, coyotes, wolves and other predators consume scurrying mice regularly. So do trout and bass and pike, and other killer fish.
    ,, At some point past adolescence the trout becomes a genuine killer fish. The meanest killers lurk in the shadows and kill with swift, strong, and brutal force. Only occasionally do the biggest killers sip the smallest of prey. They are after groceries,
    .. Let them eat mice!
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    Wednesday, August 20, 2014

    Be Bee Aware

    THE FLOWERS ARE WANING
    The Nectar Is Scarce
    the pollinators are frenzied
    WALLPAPER:   SUCCESS - AN EYEFUL
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    .. Late Spring and full Summer are a times of plenty for insects that utilize nectar as a food source. Late Summer and early Fall are a times of scarcity for those very same critters.
    .. Bees, wasps, ants, and even birds are accelerating their searching activities in pursuit of the precious fluid. This effectance behavior produces wildly and unpredictable gyrations of the critters as they seek sustenance. Long straight flight paths, zigs and zags of hecrulean proportions, dips and dives at amazing speed and duration; all are required to find new and untapped sources of nourishment. Of course the result is that flowing water is also occasionally encountered: oh happy fish.
    DROP ME
    .. Our cool Summer has slowed the anticipated hopper madness that infects both insects and fisher folk. Wide spread and ephemeral showers have drenched many parts of Yellowstone National Park.
    .. On any given day some places get very wet: some places stay bright and dry. Unlike the conventional wisdom of 'gray is good' the insect hunter should follow the axiom of 'warm and dry is fine.'
    .. Warm and dry adjacent to fishy water is exceptionally fine if you intend to catch a fish in the current climatic conditions. This is especially true if you ignore the dinky fly syndrome and fling the fly the fish want.
    .. Right now is a perfect time to use the glorious combination of a Bumble Bee Bobber and a Copper John variant for a dropper. Success in catching often favors the thinking fisher rather than the habitual and slavishly formulaic fisher.
    .. We can see a hole in the clouds down the river near mile post 25. See you there.
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    THE PERFECT BOBBER