• PARTNER: PROTECT YOUR WATERS
  • Go To: THE FLIES OF YELLOWSTONE
  • Go To: YELLOWSTONE FISHING WEATHER
  • Go To: YELLOWSTONE FLY FISHING MAPS
  • Visit: Moldy Chum
  • Visit: The Horse's Mouth
  • Visit: Chi Wulff
  • Visit: Parks' Fly Shop
  • Sunday, January 19, 2020

    Famous Canids

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    .. Worth the watch - only 13 minutes.

    Tuesday, January 14, 2020

    Mark Your Calander

    FOURTH ANNUAL
    Date Changed Again
    for our three day invasion
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    WHAT A SILLY FESTIVAL AND OH SO MUCH FUN
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    CARBON UKULELE
    .. Once again the dates for the West Yellowstone 'Ukulele Festival' have changed. It's still in February but is moved to the 'President's Day' invasion. It should be a merry time for all visitors.
    PLANT 'EM SHALLOW
    .. The official holiday is Washington's Birthday. The various spellings of,  (President's Day, Presidents Day, Presidents' Day,) have arisen since about 1950 when the Associated Press started using the spelling without the apostrophe. Their reasoning was that because it uses an attributive noun and the holiday is meant for all presidents as well. With the apostrophe after the 's' it shows that its meant to celebrate the presidents as well but the day belongs to them.
    .. There are several new local and regional groups that will be performing. The schedule, in the past,  has fluctuated with the whim of the organizers and performers. Be prepared for the jungle telegraph to keep you informed.
    .. The ice rink is solid now and the sticks, chairs, kids and parents are carving noodles all over.
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    .. Got some snow. Getting a wee bit more. Adequate pack for now - temperature permitting. Fingers crossed. Never worried in the recent past. Oh well.
    .. Mark your calendar !!
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    WALLPAPER:  PRESSURE COOKER ROAST BEEF & VEGETABLES

    Wednesday, January 08, 2020

    Chastised

    NEIGHBORS WRATH
    Apology Tendered
    here's two more winners

    WALLPAPER:  PRICKLY CARROT
    WALLPAPER:  SPIDER MIDGE
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    .. At the warm corner of a less visited watering hole we gathered  to warm ourselves. In addition to mundane topics we elicited some stories and insight into the success of the hardy folk who had just returned from the frozen nooks and crannies of the South Fork Estuary.
    .. In the most collegial fashion they gave up their prized knowledge. They shared places, techniques and, fly choices. They are pleased to invite other folks to enjoy the wonders of easy catching during this brief early winter window of opportunity.
    .. We agreed to share the patterns of the successful fly selections (LINK.) Of course our age degraded neurons omitted a couple of fly selections used in their catching frenzy. We were reminded of this lapse and, did then  - and - do now, apologize. The flies above accounted for their fair share of the snakes returning from sexual shenanigans to Hebgen Reservoir.
    .. Some Baetis nymphs are a reddish orange color. We suppose that the Prickly Carrot could be taken for one of those. That was the rational for the pattern offered by it's originator: sizes 14 - 10.
    .. The Spider Midge  is a multi purpose pattern. In the summer it works as an ant or spider imitation, In the winter it works as a midge and a snow fly: sizes 18 - 12.
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    .. As our weather teeter totters between snow and fog we continue to hold out some hope for more snow and less cold or warm. Right now the fog is thick as the air continues to warm to temperatures above freezing.
    .. The oh-so-wise and, learned weather mavens have promised more snow. We'll see.
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    WALLPAPER:  MAYONNAISE GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

    Tuesday, January 07, 2020

    That Time Of Year

    MORE TYING
    Less Catching
    a lot of squinting
    WALLPAPER:  SPIKII THE LITTLE GOLDEN STONEFLY
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    .. We are watching the white stuff falling out of the sky. It's a blessing and is sure to be appreciated by the ski crowd, the sledheads, and, the fly fishers around here.
    BEAD HEAD SHOP VAC
    .. Some of the young folks are taking sleds to the mouth of the estuary of the South Fork of the Madison River. The spawn is about over and the snakes are returning to Hebgen Reservoir. The ice is creeping toward the river and soon it will not be legal to fish and catch over  there. But, as long as the estuary extends into the reservoir beyond the natural shoreline the trouts are fair game.
    .. As the discharge slows into the reservoir the debris and flotsam hangs in the water before sinking. Trouts enjoy these slim - but easy - pickings. small twigs, leaf bits, nymphs, and other debris are all indiscriminately gobbled up by very hungry sex ravaged trout. Some fishers know about this.
    SCALAWAG
    .. The neighbors are mostly using one of three patterns: Spikii, Bead Head Shop Vac and, Scalawag. These can be seen and are very attractive in the debris fall from the discharge into the estuaries.
    .. These patterns are easy to tie and require only a modicum of squinting, (sizes 10 - 16.) This is a good thing!
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    ..  Over the next couple of warm days we could get 6 or 7 inches of very dry fluff. It will make for good snapshots and stories of buried snow machines. It will also make tender cornices that will trigger avalanches. SLEDHEAD beware. Some skiers head that high up the mountains too. There are some new trucks parked around he Gallatin County Sheriff and Rescue building.
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    WALLPAPER:  ROAST BEAST SANDWICH

    Monday, January 06, 2020

    Coming Soon

    UKES A PLENTY
    West Yellowstone Ukulele Fest
    bring plastic or wood
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    ., Next month is the West Yellowstone Ukulele Festival.  We'll Keep you posted. Here's a few teasers to sate your hunger.
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    A MIDGE OR TWO
    .. We've entered the 'more cold than snow' part of winter. Pubs are places to relax and warm up. The "D" word is still being whispered.
    .. The sturdy neighbors of the younger persuasion are enduring clogged guides. Some have ventured way down to lowland Ennis on the Madison River. Catching is excellent and midges are working overtime in the soft backwaters. Yum, Yum.
    .. The weather forecast is for dribs and drabs of snowfall. The anticipated 1" to 3" per day is welcome but not overwhelming.
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    WALLPAPER:  QUICK AND EASY LUNCH

    Saturday, January 04, 2020

    On The Edge

    THE "D" WORD
    Pray For Snow
    or use voodoo
    DROUGHT MONITOR
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    Might be too early to panic . . . BUT!
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    WALLPAPER:  BE PREPARED

    Friday, January 03, 2020

    Big Thank You

    MEMORIES
    Childhood Glutton
    try it this way

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    .. We have memories that lay dormant for decades. Then, BOOM, they are triggered by some event. That just happened and, we are surprised and thankful.
    .. A big shout out to the tribe over at Chi Wulff. Thank y'all for he post about Muffuletta sandwiches. Although we've only been to New Orleans once and, briefly at that, we sampled the sandwiches. At that, long ago time, our childhood memories were not as dim as now.
    .. The Muffuletta post triggered those dim memories in blazing neon. Thanks folks! We're not of Sicilian heritage. Reggio in Calabria is close enough. So what?!
    .. As a wee child we developed a taste, (more like obsession,) with the way the relatives made the sandwiches. Begging for more was not beneath our countenance. We would gobble as much as was allowed - more than most, indeed.
    .. With those memories still bright in the head we suggest a sandwich most like the one we remember. We're on the way to the grocery right now. We'll bake the bread this afternoon. The olive salad will marinate over night and, tomorrow our glutton self will take over. Burps and Farts be damned!
    Great Video = CLICK HERE,  try it this way.
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    USE THIS ONE
    ..  Got a bit of snow. A bit more on the way. Neighbors have succumbed to the joys of easy catching between the lakes. Soon the redds will be visible and it will be time to find other places.
    .. Hopefully the high country will continue it's steady march toward an adequate snowpack - maybe even more.
    .. This is the time of year that prognosticators begin to look to the hills from whence cometh out streams.
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    WALLPAPER:  FINALLY SOME SNOW TO SHOVEL