|Air Quality Alert|
THE MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY HAS ISSUED AN AIR QUALITY ALERT FOR GALLATIN COUNTY IN EFFECT UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO NEARBY WILDFIRE ACTIVITY. SIGNIFICANT AIR QUALITY IMPACTS ARE EXPECTED IN THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF GALLATIN COUNTY NEAR YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK AND THE COMMUNITY OF THOMPSON FALLS IN SANDERS COUNTY. THIS ALERT WILL BE UPDATED AGAIN AT 900AM ON AUGUST 26...2016. AN AIR QUALITY ALERT MEANS THAT PARTICULATES HAVE BEEN TRENDING UPWARDS AND THAT AN EXCEEDENCE OF THE 24 HOUR NATIONAL AMBIENT AIR QUALITY STANDARD (NAAQS) HAS OCCURRED OR MAY OCCUR IN THE NEAR FUTURE. FOR MORE INFORMATION... VISIT THE MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY AT WWW.TODAYSAIR.MT.GOV.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
MAPLE FIRE EXPANDS
Traffic Control In Place
animals on the move
|WALLPAPER: ANGLER PREPARATION|
-------..The Maple Fire has grown about 1,400 acres overnight. The inversion has maintained and the fire direction has not changed,(LINK-MM.)
.. A community meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, August 22, 2016 (LINK-CC.)
.. It will be held in the:
Union Pacific Dining Hall,
220 Yellowstone Avenue,
West Yellowstone, MT 59758,
|UNION PACIFIC DINING LODGE - WEST YELLOWSTONE|
.. Right now the west entrance road is still open. Fishers on the west side of Yellowstone National Park are advised to avoid fire areas and obey traffic controls.
.. It is advisable to make sure that your bear spray is up to date and carried in your hand when not fishing.
.. The mega fauna of the region have responded to the smoke and fire in unpredictable ways. Normal feeding and migration routes are disrupted and many large fauna may become disoriented - especially bears.
.. Catching is still excellent on the GALLATIN RIVER and BACON RIND CREEK. The smoke is pretty thick on FAN CREEK.
.. The Trico spinner fall and the emergence of Calibaetis combine in some areas to make positive fools of the gulpers. In other areas some fish seem to key on one or the other of the bugs. Keep your fly box handy - or two rods!
|JUST LOOK DOWN|
.. These are also food items for the trout - duh! The feeding triggers within fish are not halted between one food source and another one.
.. The neighbors, (many of whom depend on fish for protein,) hang out on the weed beds and fish for the submerged fish - wind or no.
|USE A SNORTLE|
.. Even big and ugly attractor flies will bring a fish to the net.
.. Well, the temperature is getting low on the BBQ. Got to soak some more hickory and adjust the dampers. It's tough but somebody has to eat it.
|WALLPAPER: SLAB O' RIBS|
Saturday, August 20, 2016
MAPLE FIRE HOT
West Entrance Attraction
fish the 6 am moon
|MAPLE FIRE AT 7-MILE BRIDGE|
-------LINK 1,) has grown to 14,000 acres and is less than a mile from the West Entrance Road. It is moving toward Grasshopper Bank and 7-mile bridge.
.. It has become a Yellowstone National Park attraction for visitors. It is in an old burn area from the 1988 fires and produces quite a bit of smoke.
.. Visitors are warned to use headlights and drive very cautiously when the smoke covers the road. Rangers are along the road to assist with traffic and crowd control.
.. The inversion and the north winds are back for the day and smoke and ash are visiting West Yellowstone. Cool nights and low fuel content have kept the fire in its current slow progress mood. A wind shift later today or tomorrow along with higher temperatures should push the fire back to the north and east.
|EARLY BUFFALO FIRE|
Closures:Campsites: 2S1, 2S2, 2S3, 2S4, 2S6, 2S7, 2S8
• Existing reservations will be allowed to finish their stays, however no new reservations
• Buffalo Fork Trail from the trailhead at Slough Creek north to the Park boundary.
• The Slough Creek trail is open for day-use and thru travel
-----GALLATIN RIVER has been just too good.
|LOOKS LIKE THIS|
.. Near the park boundary and three to four miles upstream, (or down to TAYLOR FORK,) your favorite ant pattern will gather up the fish.
.. It is useful to arise with the setting moon, (hard as that may be.) It's a lovely orange at 6:00 AM and by the time you're on the water the fish will be more than happy to entertain you.
.. The FAN CREEK trail is still open, (for now,) and the trout have recently come alive with boisterous behavior. It's smokey and eye watering. This is a grand place to use up your winter fly tying experiments. Float 'em or sink them - the fish won't care.
|JUST THE TICKET|
.. There has been an interesting hatch of caddisflies on the little branch and the neighbors have found it delightful. It's not in the park but, hey it's easy catching.
|WAY UP BACON RIND CREEK|
.. The willows in the long meadow have become thick and the trails beat by fishers are a genuine nuisance to follow - however, a three foot cast with five feet of line and an 18" leader will do you well for fooling the fish.
.. Time to tend the BBQ. Our smoke, the fires' smoke, the neighbors' smoke and the still days have created an overwhelming olfactory sensation the last couple of days.
|WALLPAPER: PINEAPPLE RIBS - REAL BBQ|
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Cougar, Duck, Fan Area
inversion: wind shift
|FAWN FIRE: NPS PHOTO|
.. The Fawn Fire, the Buffalo Fire, and the Boundary Fire are currently dumping smoke and ash on West Yellowstone. This is due to an inversion and wind shift. The winds are currently from the north and are light and variable. It was first noticed about mid day yesterday and has continued through mid morning today.
.. There are some signs that the winds will shift again during the rest of today.
.. The Fawn Fire is a mountain top fire caused by lightning and is currently approaching 1,000 acres. It's a slow growing fire due to the cool temperatures and cloud cover of recent days, (LINK-F.)
.. The Buffalo Fire is also slow growing and is approaching 400 acres. It has given its' name to the complex of the current three fires in the west of the park, (LINK-B.)
.. The Boundary Fire was reported last night along the park boundary between Cougar Creek and West Yellowstone. The fire is just four miles north of West Yellowstone and 1/4 mile inside the park boundary. It is growing at a moderate rate and is about 200 acres. It is being actively monitored and fought with helicopters, airplanes, and fire crews. The ground crews have worked through the night. (LINK-CC.)
Yellowstone Park Fire Activity (LINK-P)
-----.. The smoke is affecting folks with respiratory problems and those with sensitivity to suspended particulates. Runny eyes and noses are common. Dry hacking coughing is also common.
.. Fishers are urged to avoid the fire areas and roads leading to them. Emergency vehicles have the right of way.
.. Avoid Duck Creek and Cougar Creek. Fish the Gallatin River - the fish are friendly and active. They even are looking up due to the ash and debris fall from the two northern most fires.
.. We're headed toward the little known meadow meanders of the South Fork of the Madison River. You won't see it mentioned by the counter help in this town - happily.
|WALLPAPER: LIGHT LUNCH - RIB EYE|
Monday, August 15, 2016
FOR YOUNG AND OLD
The Other Glitter
debris of a misspent youth
.. Today those folks with the will and wherewithal have brought those dream cars to reality. The rods and customs driving around today are really cartoon cars. They are the embodiment of what we wished they were so long ago.
.. These are cars of impeccable craftsmanship and imagination. They are not the way they were - "back in the day." They are, however, magnificent in their own right,
.. Presented below are some wallpapers for those that either remember or appreciate the vehicles. These were seen at the 46th annual West Yellowstone Rod Run - just last weekend.
Friday, August 12, 2016
AS OF TODAY
Gunshot At O.F. Lodge
censorship by nps ??
|WALLPAPER: OLD FAITHFUL LODGE|
-------YNP NEWS RELEASES.) We wonder why !
.. On Wednesday August 10, 2016 around noon a pistol fell out of a shoulder holster in a restroom at Old Faithful Lodge. Upon hitting the floor it discharged a single shot. A beam in the ceiling was hit. The shell casing rolled into an adjacent stall and produced a double surprise for the occupant of that stall.
.. There has been chatter on the rivers and social media. Apparently Yellowstone National Park does not feel compelled to acknowledge this incident. They do note increase of visitation and celebrations of the glories of the park. Just not the illegal discharge of a firearm in a public restroom. Well, after all it is an election year and we can expect that all manner of whitewashing will be present.
.. Yes, law enforcement was dispatched and arrived after the armed visitor had left. We suspect that the park service feels that this is in the same category as the hundreds of minor infractions cited daily to motor vehicles. So be it.
.. It is legal to carry firearms in the park, (CITATION.) Most public buildings are posted for non-carry. We await the news release - if any. No local news media have carried the story either. My, my, my.
.. Read it here:
>> National Parks Traveler,
>> Montana Cowgirl.
.. This brief respite is predicted to last through the middle of next week -YEE HAW! Aquatic bug hatches on the Gallatin River have been dependable but rather sparse.
.. The cool weather has prolonged the traditional end of surface fishing.
..Local lore has it that the aquatic hatches poop out by the first of August. Local lore be damned - there are still some mayflies and prolific caddis in the evenings.
..Use surface attractors in sizes 10, 12, 14. This is the place to use your Royal Coachman, Humpy, Goofus Bug, or giant Adams.
.. Fish on this friendly river will come up without a hatch - for those of you that need to see your fly.
.. Down canyon, where the trees are thick, the Spruce Moth is a traditional ticket for the surface fisher folk. Most caddis imitations will do just fine.
|DO IT ALL|
.. A couple of the neighbors spent a couple of days on a sojourn to the Yellowstone River. Fishing was wonderful -catching was just O.K. A couple of large fish were taken on small drowned midges. Many fish in the 10" - 14" range were taken on nymphs in the 12 - 14 size range. An LDR of a "REAL FISH" was reported in the evening on an egg-sucking matuka. We saw the tears in the retelling over a cup of suds.
.. Well it's about time for the Perseid show. You can watch it live HERE.
|WALLPAPER: Goberge avec des croûton|