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  • Saturday, October 25, 2014

    Two Favorites

    FISH THEM BOTH
    Time Is Getting Short
    november 3 is the key
    WALLPAPER: THE FIREHOLE WE KNOW AND LOVE
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    .. Over this last week Fall has finally kicked the Madison River and the Firehole River into their famous behavior for catching. The fish are abundant, the fishers are nestled in like sardines, the days are crisp, weather ranges from snow to sun and all is right with the world.
    TRAIL TO OTHER HIDES
    .. These are the days to pick your poison and launch yourself into the fray. Big bugs, little bugs, floating bugs, sunken bugs, and streamers of all stripes are viable offerings to the eager trout of Yellowstone National Park.
    .. The confluence pool at the foot of National Park Mountain has been inhabited by quite a few large fish and the accompanying hoards of fisher folk. Every fly in the box is a potential winner. The neighbors like to swing streamers of the olive variety in this water.
    ..  Up the Gibbon River they use the same flies but strip them rather than swing them. It's a difference lost on most fishers this time of year and accounts for much disappointment where it shouldn't be.
    .. In the Firehole Canyon, a short "Herky Jerky" strip, close on the heels of short precise casts is the ticket. A prodigious amount of river debris is concentrated in the narrow confines of this canyon water and much of the lifeless flotsam does a grand job of imitating the simple drift of a streamer.
    .. Although the fishers are concentrated in the traditional runs of the Barns Holes on the Madison River, it's good to remember that the fish are parked in these places for a rest. There are good resting places not being fished by the elbow aficionados.
    .. Recently scoured depressions, newly undercut banks, old "Pump Wells" left over from bygone days are all deep and dark - the runners like these places - even if they are not where the counter help has directed you to go. Of course if social fishing and a conga line is your main interest just join the crowd.
    REAPPEARING  IN  NUMBERS
    .. The sinuous river meanders along the park line in the vicinity of Baker's Hole. This water has been exceptionally productive this year. The neighbors have even conceded that it's O.K. to fish with several friends along this bit of water - there's fish for all and they are 22" and better - if you're into sizes.
    .. Out of the park, and near the highway bridge over the Madison River some fine fish are resting in mid river, These fish have found the perfect place for the worm fishers and gear gals to catch them.
    .. Fly folks don't have much of a chance to stick these fish. Wading, precision casting, and deep presentations are necessary. Some of the neighbors rig with a sinking line and a short length of lead core in front of a short stout leader to bonk the fish. Nothing succeeds like success. Otherwise get some gear and worms and join that fraternity.
    .. A couple of the neighbors have taken to tying some really fluffy Casual Dress flies. These have been spread among the neighborhood like rice at a wedding. Of course courtesy demands that they be fished. Lo and behold, they've been taking some nice fish this Fall season. We have one or two and will do our neighborly duty this evening.
    THE MASHED CADDIS
    .. Should the fair Brook Trout tickle your fancy, there are many willing and eager specimens above the cascades on the Firehole River. They are in colors to make a peacock envious and are far more willing to dance with fishers presenting either floating or sinking flies. A Mashed Caddis will float or sink at your behest and can be the only fly necessary in these congenial waters.
    .. There are trout in the Firehole River to rival the size of the submarines currently cruising the Madison River. Most Firehole fishers are not much interested in size. A fish per cast in a twinkly riffle will satisfy them and their wiggly soft hackles.
    GET  IT  WET  AND  SUCCEED
    .. It does take some energy, good legs, and patience to hook into a prize of the larger variety on the Firehole River. Should you care to shun the giggling fishers on the popular parts of the river it would behoove you to trundle down the steep slopes of the canyon between Old Faithful and the deep pools at the foot of Keppler Cascades. There are spawning gravels in this reach of the river - and some fish too.
    .. These fish are piscivorous and appreciate the opportunity to eat a small fish rapidly stripped downstream in front of their nose. Try it, you'll like it.
    .. The little canyon beneath the bridge is an easy 400 feet down and a real grunt of two miles back up - or so it seems. It's well worth it for some.
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    AN  EMPTY  TOWN  AND  A  REAL  DELIGHT  FOR  FISHERS

    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