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  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018

    READ THIS

    COGENT REMARKS
    Always Be Alert
    bad ass bears
    WALLPAPER:  DOUBLE ACTION .45 ACP
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    .. Over at Chi Wulff is a salient note about life in bear country and the deaths and deterrents that exist.
    .. Read it HERE.
    .. Read This Too.
    .. Read This Three.
    .. Especially Read This Four.
    .. Hunt safe, informed and prepared. Goes for fishing too.
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    WALLPAPER:  COCK AND LOCK

    Tuesday, September 25, 2018

    Catch Time

    WALLPAPER:  RUNNERS SMELL YELLOW LEAVES !!

    Saturday, September 08, 2018

    Do It Right Now

    ENRAGED FISH
    Engaged Fishers
    nothing is too easy
    CONTROL OF RIVERS
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    .. It's time to chase the unmolested fish of the Firehole River Drainage. Yes Hortense, fish move to places where fishers seldom visit.
    .. The Firehole-Madison-Gibbon river system is geologically controlled by the seams between the Central Plateau and the Madison Plateau.
    .. These glaciated plateaus are comprised of different mineralogies and Holocene sediments. These differences contribute to the fertility of the streams. Combined with the thermal discharge in this system the variety of stream chemistry is extensive.
    .. Fish know this better than fishers. Fishers can be heard, (at almost any time in any aisle of any feather merchant,) wondering "why."
    .. Why are some bugs where they are? Why are fish concentrated where they are? Why do fish move to the places that they do and when they do? And many other "why questions."
    FISH ON THE MOVE
    .. Not all of the answers are chemical. Some are fluvial. Some are sedimentary. Some are optical or spectral. Some are even hormonal.
    A NEZ PERCE EVENING
    .. Right now chemistry and temperature have initiated movement of fish along the Firehole River. This activity is apparent both above and below Kepler Cascades: above and below Biscuit Basin as well.
    .. Even Nez Perce Creek and the Gibbon River are included here.
    ..For the fisher willing to walk just a little bit there are  building concentrations of fish in the Little Firehole River and Iron Spring Creek.
    .. These concentrations have been growing for the last month or so. This is in response to warming of the Firehole River and chemical imperatives built in to generations of fish during the biological spawning metamorphosis.
    .. Other factors such as gravel size, water chemistry, discharge rates and fluvial stability also contribute to this movement. Savvy fishers that want to be catchers should take this into account.
    .. The closure of the Firehole River, (from bridge to bridge,) around Old Faithful has a distinct chemistry and a distinct population of fish. Some are perpetual residents, others are seasonal migrants: some are just passing through.
    DESTINATION:  UPPER FIREHOLE CANYON
    .. South of the upper closure bridge is a deep canyon of the Firehole River. Between this bridge and Kepler Cascades is a fluvial environment that is highly conducive to the success of spawning trout.
    .. Flows, chemistry, spectral intensity, and gravel size contribute to this being a destination for spawning trout. The Kepler Cascades  form an upstream barrier to migration and, the north/south orientation provides exceptional year round light and melt water. Pretty nice place if you are a trout.
    .. Access into the canyon can be achieved either just upstream of the closure bridge or just down stream from the parking area at Kepler Cascades.
    .. Ingress is rather easy. A couple of hundred yards of steep downhill grade will place fishers at excellent catching locations.
    BROOK TROUT HEAVEN
    .. Egress is a bit tougher. It is steep! Fishers seldom believe that the effort is worth the dozens of submarines that can be brought to hand. So be it.
    .. Above Kepler Cascades is the realm of the gloriously colored neon Brook Trout.
    .. It seems that the grass is always green, the water always cold and clear, the fish always eager, and the elbows scarce as abalone teeth.
    GREEN GOOFUS
    .. We're having what passes for Indian Summer up here. Temperatures are in the 70's. The wind has laid down for a few days.
    .. The fish are becoming rambunctious. Exotic license plates are blossoming in parking spots in town and the park. There are even rumors of "runners" of heroic proportions being tickled in the big estuaries. Must be time to fish.
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    A GIBBON RIVER IDYLL
    .. Lately we've been lax in our reporting. It happens.
    .. The exigences of catching, cooking, gardening, and cruising around in this fine Fall weather have muddled our blogging genes. So be it!
    .. Now and, the next few weeks should bring forth exceptional catching conditions. Evening is for the neighbors - the visitors are all in town scarfing down prime rib and quaffing a few.
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    WALLPAPER:  GROUND STEAK BURGER


    Sunday, August 26, 2018

    Hopping Along

    HOPPER EXPLOSION
    The Ant Invasion
    watch fires and bears
    WALLPAPER:  FAVORITE HOPPER
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    .. Fire season and Fall fishing have arrived together this year. Both have held the interest of the fishers and the news folks.
    ..Despite the cooler weather and a few scattered showers, the Bacon Rind Fire continues to impact both fishing and back country access in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park.
    .. Winds associated with the impinging cold front have blown up several hot spots and fire crews are back at it.
    HAND CARRY IT
    .. There will be a community meeting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, August 29th at the Community Protestant Church at 505 N Electric Street, West Yellowstone. Fire managers will give an operational update.
    .. Trail closures for fire areas and bear management areas are posted on the park website and should be followed.
    .. These closures impact both fishing access and back country access!!
    .. Be sure that you travel with companions and sing loud and ribald songs. Also be sure that your bear spray is fresh and carried in your hand - not your backpack.
     RESOURCES
    >> INCIWEB FOR BACON RIND FIRE,
    >> BACON RIND FIRE CLOSURE MAP  -  YNP,
    >> TRAIL CLOSURES  -  YNP,
    >> BEAR MANAGEMENT CLOSURES  -  YNP.
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    RED ANT
    .. Terrestrial activity seems to have accelerated with the last few cool days. Perhaps there is a seasonal urgency being felt by the creepy and crawly and hoppy critters in our neighborhood.
    .. Some urgency is noticeable in the neighbors. We need some smokers and they are not biting.
    BLACK ANT
    .. Ants on the ground, in the air, and in the water are spicing up the catching on the west side rivers of Yellowstone National Park.
    .. They can appear as if by magic, descend upon a locality and then, vanish without any warning.
    .. Be sure to have some ant patterns that can be fished on top and underneath the water. Careful observation of fish noses will give you a clue about how to fish the little stinkers.
    FUNNY HOW GRAY THEY LOOK
    .. Right now the hoppers are prolific but are sleepy until the warm part of the day. We missed the final molt of the grasshopper nymphs and have been surprised at the size of the largest species. They do grow fast.
    .. Montana has several hundred species of grasshopper. About half of them can and do occur in our neighborhood.
    .. The neighbors differentiate them into two classes: "Big'uns" & "Little'uns." Right now the little'uns are the most numerous. They are also the first to plunge themselves into the rivers during early afternoon.
    EASY HOPPER
    .. Usually by 2 - 3 O'clock both sizes are hopping around in the meadows and grass lines at the river's edge.
    .. Depending on how you prefer to fish, (up stream, across stream, down stream,) an excellent strategy is walk the bank in the opposite direction and chase the hoppers into the water. Then just turn around and pick off the fish noses that appear.
    THE TURCK TARANTULA
    .. Most fishers use purpose tied "Hopper Flies." A few of the more successful neighbors use other sorts that seem to appeal to the fish more than the fisher.
    .. Muddler Minnows, Large Madam X, and Silli Stimulators are all being used right now - AND taking fish. Several sage neighborhood fishers are using the Turck Tarantula. It was devised by Guy Turck and has won several "One Fly" competitions in Jackson, Wyoming  -  just sayin'.
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    SIZE 28 FAN WING ROYAL  COACHMAN
    .. We're looking forward to the dreary and drizzly day that is predicted to visit with us tomorrow.
    .. High temperatures may not reach the 60's. If so, there may be the best Autumn hatch of ephemera in years.
    NEZ PERCE CREEK IN THE FALL
    .. The conditions are right and the counter help hasn't even the slightest clue. Get out your best delicate floater and pick those slow slick spots that the guides save for themselves.
    .. Right now it's early evening. The wind is blowing fiercely. We are headed straight to slumberland. Morning should bring some fog, a spinner fall, and a squadron or three of very tiny flies - hopefully.
    .. The neighbors have kindly tied some size 28 flies on short tippets for us. That, we can manage.
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    WALLPAPER:  MEGA BLT SANDWICH

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Yellowstone Bear Attack

    BEAR SPRAY RESCUE
    10-Year-Old Safe
    human attack too

    Counter Assault Bear Deterrent

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    .. The National Park Service reports a bear attack incident. A 10-year-old boy was knocked down near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park.
    ..  The sow grizzly charged from the undergrowth and began to maul the downed child who had run from the bear.
    .. The child's parents sprayed bear spray in the face of the bear and it dashed away.
    ..  The Spring Creek and Divide trails are temporarily closed.
    RESOURCES
    >> Yellowstone Park Announcement,
    >> Bear Safety Page,
    >> KIDK 3, Video.
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    .. A man attacked a woman in Yellowstone National Park in the restroom at Mammoth Hot Springs cabins' community restroom.
    .. The assailant wrapped toilet paper around his head and used bear spray to assault the victim and her boy friend that tried to protect her [[Casper Star-Tribune.]]
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    ROYAL COACHMAN BOMBER
    .. The Bacon Rind Fire has been knocked down by cool weather and some light rain. It is currently being monitored by interagency fire teams.
    .. The Madison River has cooled down to the point that fish are, once again, becoming willing dance partners.
    .. Early morning spinner falls, (the likes of which we haven't seen in a few years,) are sucking fish to the surface.
    SURFACE STREAMER - RED FOX RUNNER
    .. Late afternoon caddis are making their appearance on the bright smoky days.
    .. Catching in the dark, (until sundown,) has been productive near undercut banks with large splashy surface flies. Keep them on the top and rapidly strip downstream for best success.
    .. If you keep the rod between your legs while rapidly stripping with both hands - be sure that your knees are tightly locked together - wham, bam, . . .
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    RIBS, CORN MEAL CHILI, COLD CHEAP BEER

    Friday, August 17, 2018

    OH DAMN !

    NEIGHBORS PISSED
    Sudden Growth
    moving toward highway
    BACON RIND FIRE AREA MAP
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    .. We have fires every year. It's a fact of life since we live in the lodgepole desert. They are caused by lightning and by humans. They come and they go. We're accustomed to them.
    .. The lightning caused Bacon Rind Fire has been sputtering for about a month now with very little attention.
    .. Over the last few days and, with the intemperate - unusually high temperatures it has rapidly flared up and moved from the sagebrush flanks of the valley and into the  lodgepole pine forest.
    .. The fire is currently sized at near 2,000 acres and:
    ". . . has been spreading by group torching, short crown runs, and long-range spotting. The fire is continually flanking and backing towards Hwy 191.
         Fire growth was seen to the south towards Bacon Rind drainage on 8/15. There were no delays on Highway 191 yesterday. Fire growth is expected to continue today as temperatures continue to increase."
    GROUP TREE TORCHING
    .. Both the USFS and the NPS have issued closures. So far Highway 191 has remained open with some delays and pilot car traffic allowed.
    .. Yellowstone National Park has closed most of the northwest corner of the park's back country trails.
    .. Currently some Gallatin River access is allowed. Check the resources below for updated access and closure information.
    .. This is the time of year when we fish the Gallatin River, Fan Creek, and Bacon Rind Creek. Access to many of the catching areas is restricted  --  double damn.
    .. With the increased wind and continuing heat wave we should anticipate that this fire will continue to spot and grow.
    DON'T FISH HERE
    RESOURCES:
    >> INCIWEB  INCIDENT PAGE,
    >> FIRE CLOSURES WEB PAGE,
    >> YELLOWSTONE CLOSURES,
    >> FOREST CLOSURES.
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    .. Happily there is no closure anticipated for Notellum Creek, nor any for the Notellum Beaver Ponds.  We're headed there with a fresh canister of bear spray. Left the neighbors to tend the ribs!
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    WALLPAPER:  GREAT BEGINNINGS

    Saturday, August 11, 2018

    It's That Time

    VISIT NEXT WEEK
    Fish Early
    fish late
    IT'S A SCORCHER
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    ..  Briefly: west side rivers at the tipping point, Lamar River system is giving up fish, mid day is very hot, critters that can move have moved up, fire danger is very high.

    FIRE WEATHER WATCH
    Alert:
    ...FIRE WEATHER WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON 
    THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING... 
     
    * IMPACTS: Low humidities, hot temperatures, wind shift with a 
    cold front, and dry thunderstorms with gusty and erratic 
    outflow winds will create erratic fire behavior and new fire 
    starts. 
     
    * AFFECTED AREA: 
    In South Central MT...Fire Weather Zones 123...124...125...126... 
    127...128 and 129. 
     
    * COUNTIES AFFECTED: 
    In Central MT...Golden Valley...Musselshell...Wheatland. 
    In South Central MT...Big Horn...Carbon...Park...Stillwater 
    Sweet Grass...Yellowstone. 
    In Southwest MT...Gallatin. 
     
    * TEMPERATURES: 95 to 105. 
     
    * HUMIDITY: 5 to 15 percent. 
     
    * THUNDERSTORMS: Isolated dry thunderstorms possible Saturday 
    afternoon and evening. Thunderstorm activity and the potential 
    for strong erratic winds will increase Sunday afternoon and 
    evening. 
     
    * WINDS: South 10 to 20 mph. Higher gusts near thunderstorms.
    Instructions:A Fire Weather Watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Listen for later forecasts and possible Red Flag Warnings.
    Target Area:
    Beartooth Ranger District Custer National Forest
    Crow Indian Reservation, Big Horn Canyon Rec Area
    Gallatin National Forest
    Golden Valley County, Musselshell County
    Stillwater County
    Wheatland County, Sweet Grass County
    Yellowstone County
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    .. Shade is our friend. Shade is the friend of fish right now. Keep this in mind and both fishers and fish will get through this historic heat wave.
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    WALLPAPER:  SMOTHERED WAFFLE