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  • Monday, October 01, 2007

    Just a Little Weather

    HERE COMES FALL
    AND, Here Comes The Weather
    the swamis agree:
    Fall Prescription = Soft Hackles, BWO, Streamers, and Nymphs

    Be Careful Where You Sit


    .. Auspicious weather is in the forecast. The stars are aligned and the best minds agree: this is the week to fish !!!
    .. As can be seen by the weather forecast from both NOAA and The Weather Channel the fishing weather has arrived. BEAUTIFUL!
    .. The Madison River is lightly colored, running cool and low, and crowded with fish and fishers. The Wader Friendly Lodgings are full and even the Holiday Inn has wet waders sneaking in the back door. The pubs have fortified their stocks of Moose Drool, Trout Slayer, Powder Hound, and "Jack." The feather merchants have girded their loins with the figurative chain mail and all is well with the universe. All the signs point to fishing frenzy during the next week to ten days.
    .. The Firehole River has slowed even more, and cool rains have brought bugs galore to the riffled reaches in the canyon. The meadows are beginning to color with the dry foliage of the season and are firm to tread.
    .. The Gibbon River has fish throughout its turbid length, with concentrations in the sterile meanders of National Park Meadow and the mile of riffles and runs below Gibbon Falls.
    .. As the weather cools fishers will find fish eager to dance if given the chance. Invitations must be courteous, correct and proper. Room on the dance floor is still ample and the various approaches are all receiving nods from the fish.
    .. An excellent pair of reports can be found at the MRO site: For Yellowstone & For The Neighborhood. Go to Jack Dennis' report for some scrumptious tips on the Macs and a bit of low flow Tango on the Snake River.
    .. If you're up in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park visit Parks' Fly Shop - or at least their fishing report.
    .. For an overall report check out Best Fly Fishing Yellowstone.com.
    .. Dancing on the Gallatin River, in Yellowstone has slowed: not for lack of fish but for lack of partners as the hoards stream into the glory waters of the west side of the park. Now is the time to fish the confluence meadows and the lower reaches of Fan Creek. There are safe places to park, attractors work well on the surface and small streamers (or large soft hackles,) on a gentle drift are successful under the banks - keep your casts short and move gently - the dances can be exhilarating. Be alert and cautious as you venture toward the Fan Creek Meadows - there are a couple of wolf-killed elk carcases, and the bears and coyotes are enjoying a feast.
    .. All the streams mentioned above are showing a bit of BWO activity. a good combination is a pair of floaters. We've been using a Thorax BWO from a pattern by the Front Range Anglers and a dropper using the Zelon BWO Cripple from a pattern by the Montana Fly Company.
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    BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU SIT

    .. Should you choose to release this little lovely check out the catch and release mortality study in Science Daily. Woozy fish could be the result.
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