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  • Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Sort Of Sultry

    ASHES FALL FROM SKY
    Yellowstone River Open Tomorrow
    some sacred fishing locations
    THE WAY IT WAS JUST A FEW DECADES AGO
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    .. Tomorrow is as holy as it gets for the faithful who must worship at the Yellowstone River on opening day - we'll be there.
    BUFF IN FORD
    .. Even as the ashes from the myriad fires in the region fall on our heads, and a quick glance at the INCIWEB maps show that we are near the epicenter of the conflagrations, we shall be there.
    .. There are dozens of expert sources that are willing to  tell visitors where to fish in Yellowstone National Park. We believe that it's just as important to inform would be fisher folk where not to fish:
    SEEN ON THE RIVER
    1} Ignore Cache Creek. It's in prime shape right now, there are several hatches of both big and little bugs occurring simultaneously, the fish haven't see a fisher in more than 9 months, it's deep into bear country, the mosquitoes are voracious, the cutthroat trout are among the largest in Yellowstone National Park, there are bears, it's a very long walk. (44495082N - 110092519W = BIG FISH RUN)
    2} Forget about the confluence of Slough Creek and the Lamar River. There's no storied meadows, there's only sage and a few trees, there's bears, there's wolves, you have to walk a faint and dusty trail, there's stinky sulfur springs, there's bears, and there's mosquitoes, and the fish are so lonesome that they will jump in your waders just to make you feel welcome. (44550368N - 110205679W = MAYHEM POOL)
    FOREIGN BODY
    3} Don't even bother to look at the putative Roosevelt Campsite. The water is too big, the fish are far too large for your dainty rig, it's down in a hole and getting out is a real pain, there are thousands of fishers that pass there each and every day, your rig can't cast the heavy sink tip required to put a giant streamer in front of the 4# fish that live there, too many people fish there. (44551769N - 110240892W = SUBMARINE ALLEY)
    USE NEAR QUICKSAND
    4} If you fish Mary Bay and can see Pelican Roost you won't be able to hold on to the large Lake Trout that eats your gently stripped red Wooly Bugger, (or blue and chrome Kastmaster.) The beach where the fish are is narrow and you are liable to get your feet wet, the cut bank is steep, the parking is abysmal, the wind causes treacherous waves, gobs and gobs of flotsam are eagerly perused and inhaled by the 8# Lakers, not for wimpy fly fishers - even with a 9 weight rod. (44314837N - 110175422W = DUMBBELL POINT)
    5}  Avoid at all costs the Yellowstone River near Sulfur Cauldron. People have died fishing here. There's quicksand, mosquitoes, elbows, and enormous fish. They like eating most anything but especially like a slow drifted streamer, (sadly most of the water is fast,) They hide in peculiar places and you will often scare them just by looking at them. And, everyone knows that there's no fish in the Yellowstone River anyway. (44372497N - 110254259W = CUTTSOAK POOL)
    WOLF CROSSING AT CHITTENDEN BRIDGE
    6} Dream on if you think it's worth fishing near the Chittenden Bridge. This is a bear, and wolf, and moose, and bison, and elk crossing area. The fish here are so lazy that they need to be hit in the nose with their favorite morsels. These are the big fish that continue to fight the slick and fast current - or - over the falls they go. Keep the rumors of 22" Cutthroat Trout safely tucked in your libido, (pant, pant,) - you'll never have the skill necessary to hook AND bring to hand any of these fish - besides that you have to wade through shoreline muck to even cast to the fish. (44431224N - 110301105W = EZ_PZ RUN)
    7} The picture below is of Seven-Mile-Hole. GOT LEGS ???
    TRAIL'S END AT CARDIAC POOL: 7-MILE HOLE - TRY IT ONCE