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  • Wednesday, May 27, 2009

    Say It Now - Say It Loud

    SNEAKY BUGS
    ERUPTING EARLY

    Gulper Fishing May Be Here
    can it be true?
    .. The simple truth of the matter is that the worm fishers get there first. Be there more of them, or be they more persistent, or be they sharper than the rest of us - it's true.
    .. Rafts of mayflies have been reported by the wormy folks at a seldom fished, (by fly folks,) area of Hebgen Reservoir. Of course we investigated. It's true, and it's early.
    .. Say Callibaetis, and Yellowstone Lake and Hebgen Reservoir come to mind - IN MID-JUNE!
    .. Say gulper fishing, and Hebgen Reservoir springs to the lips - on the north side, or the east end. And, truth-be-told these areas are both productive and easy to access from town.
    .. However, the rocky shores at the tip of Rumbaugh Ridge in the area known as Rumbaugh Point, (or locally as just "Rumbaugh,") get the sun earlier and more persistently than other places on Hebgen Reservoir.
    .. The ice leaves here earlier, (although it takes a snow machine to get there early.) The coves are sheltered and fairly shallow. The bugs are prolific and healthy, (and the fish find them just before the fishers.) They're there now.
    .. With all the concentration on opening day in Yellowstone National Park, the gulper fishing buzz will have to wait - for the orthodox fanatics. For the catchers of fish, (flies, worms, gear,) Rumbaugh and the South Fork Estuary are the places to be.
    .. Not only are the bugs present, but it looks like there is a population explosion of leeches as well. They love waders, they love float tubes, they love to attach and stay. If they don't get some blood it's O.K. they are just along for the ride and it's their means of dispersal.
    .. Currently the fish are eating everything. If a nymph, or emerger, or dry won't work - try a leech and troll around the mud and rock interface.
    .. The tube fishers are using floating emergers like the Challenged Callibaetis and Hackle Stacker as their primary weapons. We're happy to see some greased Feather Dusters in the mix as well. Sizes are on the largish size - 14 and 16 seem to be the ones most commonly used. Color at this time seems less important than size, and if you have some PMD's in the right size - use 'em!
    .. Woolly Buggers are always popular for trolling. Be sure to keep the sizes down and the action slight. Trolling with only the wind as propulsion is a good place to start.
    .. Right now it's not a bad idea to put the tip of your rod in the water and keep a short line and only a 7' leader. Remember, your fly rod won't shrink if it gets wet.
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