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  • Monday, November 17, 2008

    South Fork Fun

    ONLY A LITTLE SNOW
    Brisk Mornings
    very short days
    talk about siege
    .. "The other run," is in full swing. It'll get better right after the season closes. So be it.
    .. Administrative travel in Yellowstone National Park is pleasant right now. Photo-ops abound. Get a government job and see the gentle mantle of snow growing by the day - but not too quickly.
    .. The streamer fishing on the South Fork of the Madison River hasn't picked up as yet, but the fish are really hungry. Try your favorite nymph [Yellowstone Badger] in larger sizes, (up to 8.) Also, the ever popular Winter Grub and Yellowstone Sally are telling the tale. There is a smattering of snow flies but no dimples yet.
    .. Empty open water and holding pools abound below the bridge. The thin water and willows between the bridge and the springs also holds some huge fish, if you're so inclined. Wading between the willow-tangles is nigh-on-impossible here and discouraged as well. The redds are visible, and so are the fish.
    .. A 10' four weight rod with a #5 or #6 level line and short leader is the neighbors choice. This is really hunting rather than fishing. Usually one cast (read "dap") is all you can get. Make it good.
    .. Two important stories are being followed by bloggers. The reported $9,000,000 electric barrier that isn't quite functional is being watched by HDW MOBILE.
    .. The whole staff at the Trout Underground [#1, #2] is working on both the Klamath & Pitt Rivers situation. These are clicks worth your time.
    .. You can also keep up on the Klamath situation at "HYDROFORM" postings of dam stuff from around the country.
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    In the evening, fish the pool right below this little cliff for both big daddy residents and great granddaddy visitors.