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  • Monday, September 25, 2006

    High Water Mark

    10,000 Visitors
    who could guess
    river report
    protect your waters

    .. Sometime late this afternoon or evening there will be visitor #10,000 to this site. During that same time frame a view of page #20,500, will happen.
    .. That's a big surprise. This little "Family & Friends" weblog was just supposed to take the place of the myriad emails that we exchange with folks that come to visit and fish.
    .. The site was opened in January, and the first public post was on April 7, 2006. It's grown and takes just as much time as all the emails, it's less personal, and both more and less rewarding. So there you have it.
    .. Fishers from all over the world visit the site. We've included the visit map from last night - Hello Croatia and McMurdo!
    .. We know what flies to fish on the Kupa River, but what should we use in Antarctica? Size 22 krill?
    .. The visitors to this site must be more web savvy than most, since about 35% of you use Firefox, (the Firefox browser share on the web is only about 10%.) About 8% of the visitors are Mac users, the rest are some form of Internet Explorer.
    ..The average stay is just over 5 minutes and the average page views is just about 2-1/2.
    .. The best of the fishing in Yellowstone National Park is on it's last legs. From now until the park closes will be the best and worst of the year depending on the weather.
    .. We'll continue to post through the winter. It'll be about our trips to Argentina, Chili, and Australia; some fly tying, rod restoration, tackle acquisitions, and sundry notes about Yellowstone National Park.
    .. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank the other web sites that posted links to here.
    .. Also a big Thank You to Jessie Armitage for working out Blogger glitches and the transition to Blogger Beta. Finally thanks to the neighbors who made a special effort to help us keep this weblog accurate, truthful, and current.

    .. The Gallatin River fished well yesterday. We spent about 7 hours on the short stretch below the confluence meadows and took a couple dozen fish. One fat Cutbow was over 14" as measured against the old Payne, and a Brown was as long, but was on the snaky side. There were a couple of hoppers in the grass but we fished a Big Wing Sparkle Caddis, (size 12,) and a dark olive-green Woolly Worm with a yellow tail, (size 10.) There was a reported Baetis hatch at about mile-post 25 - 26, and we saw pictures of large fish taken on Royal Humpy flies, (size 14.)

    .. We'll only provide a brief mention of the South Fork Of The Madison River. The spawners have started to pod up in the estuary. Prince Nymphs, Woolly Buggers, and Light Spruce Flies are the dance tickets for this wonderful event. As soon as the water gets a bit higher and colder we'll have to put WD-40 on the guides and get down to the willows. That's all we're going to say.
    .. If it's big fish you're after try the Madison River between the Talus Slope pull-out and National Park Meadows. Get there at day break and fish a large, (8 - 12,) green or amber soft hackle. Fish it deep and slow as possible. Finally, the river between the Baker's Hole Campground and 7-mile bridge is beginning to get crowded with big fish, and fisher folk too.) Check out this blog post for the surprise of a returning visitor to Fall Fly Fishing in Yellowstone.)
    .. There are also sketchy reports for the big fish making it to the Gibbon River in National Park Meadows - nothing substantial. The big pools and bends just above the Tuff Cliffs area should be good within 72 hours. Dredge these waters deep and dark - a Dark Spruce Fly or a Black Woolly Bugger, (size 6 - 10,) should give some satisfaction.

    .. Moldy Chum is always full of good news and tantalizing photos; none more so than the post HERE.
    .. Get over to Trout Underground to learn how to vicariously fish the world. And don't forget the Blogger Ho Down.

    .. From PROTECT YOUR WATERS comes this note:
    "Yellowstone National Park is our nation's first park and the flagship of our entire national park system. It is also global destination location for many visitors to the U.S. In fact, the entire Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which spans three states and ranges from Bozeman, MT in the north to Jackson Hole, WY in the south and from Island Park, ID in the west to Cody, WY in the east, contains many incredible natural resources. Find out what the government is doing in cooperation with various business interests to conserve the resources of this region. Click on the following hotlink to get the details. Read the full story to get the details." LINK.
    .. They also let us know that there may be a movement afoot to concede Utah to Whirling Disease. Protect Your Waters SUMMARY. KCPW NEWS STORY.