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  • Sunday, October 07, 2007

    A Little Snow & A BWO

    It's Mouse Time Again
    low water & slow fish
    .. In last year's post about the Fall Fly Box we noted that the mice were coming out of the woodwork and invading trout streams. It's happening again!
    .. Last year Mid Current alerted us to the use of mouse flies for catching large trout after dark. This serves to remind us that the fishing day in Yellowstone National Park ends at 10:00 PM.
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    .. Now from Moldy Chum comes a note - and video - about:
    .. This is not fable, nor is it fiction. As the temperature cools, and the small rodents scurry to load up on calories for the winter - they occasionally make a misstep and take a dunking. Lucky is the fish that is nearby.
    .. Bass fishers have long used the mouse fly for lunkers - with great success. A few of the old-time neighbors hereabouts do too. There are a few "MOUSE MOVIES" available that will give some insight into the art of fishing with giant flies - The mouse in particular!
    .. The Madison River is showing its late fall colors and the slow fish are beginning their dance. There are already some fish on redds in National Park Meadows and the big meanders just downstream. Neighbors that fish the spawners are using streamers and aggravating the fish into striking.
    .. These spawning pods usually contain a dominant buck and several precocious males that are poking and pestering the hen. Woolly Buggers, Dark Spruce, and Yellowstone Spruce Flies are the ammunition that these folks are using. It works, and it also interrupts the spawning behavior - and makes the fish expend extra energy.
    .. The crowd at 9-mile hole has found some of the holes that fish are resting in. Soft Hackles and Stiff Hackles are the fly of choice for these fishers as they stroll along and pound the runs. Caddis green and light cream seem to be the preferred colors for these flies, (sizes 8 - 14.)
    .. Deep runs near the Talus Slope and the Barns Holes are a bit shallow this year and it's not surprising to find many fishers standing where they should be fishing - or fishing where they should be standing. Fishers who hang out until dusk or later have been rewarded with a small but widespread hatch of both Caddis and BWO's - late and strange but true. This just adds spice to the continuing good Baetis hatch that many fishers love to frustrate themselves with.
    .. The Firehole River is becoming crowded as the fall exuberance is finally happening. The cooling water has brought fish to the channel and the undercut banks. Fishing in Biscuit Basin is good, catching is fair. Although there are very few - to none - of the reliable terrestrials around fish are still taking beetles. A rig with a beetle floater and a Prince Nymph dropper seems to be common in the meadows. Fishers willing to walk to Pocket Basin are finding that a double Hare's Earn Nymph set up will produce fish. The Baetis are thicker on the Firehole than on the Madison. These are the real dinker species, and to add to cold fingers, you'll need to tie on a size 22 - then try to see it. Some of the neighbors use an Elk Hair Caddis as a bobber, others use a mouse.
    .. The kind folks at The Horse's Mouth have done it again. The weekend entertainment includes a gorgeous woman, some interesting sailing pictures, and a bit of violence. WET SEXY VIOLENCE - how can you go wrong?
    .. We've noted that many of the neighbors are fond of a local fly generally referred to as a "GOB O' WORMS." This is distasteful and even repugnant to some fly fishers. In a valiant effort to combat this scourge, The Trout Underground has discovered a lure that is in keeping with the purest of traditions - click on over and see!
    .. From Protect Your Waters comes several news articles this week. The Scottish Wildlife Trust is thinking of reintroducing beavers to the landscape - a native species that has disappeared is now considered an invasive species - hmmmmm!
    .. And, they have updated their Impacts Page with information that is state specific, including how the reduction of native species is facilitated by the invaders.
    .. Pressconnects.com notes that Rock Snot has invaded the Delaware River System.
    .. Jump on over to Old Reels Dot Com and look around - nifty stuff. They also have a great page with nostalgic Fishing Ladies.