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  • Sunday, October 27, 2013

    The Halloween Frenzy

    CRAZY NEIGHBORS
    Crowded Fish
    very crowded waters
    OFFERINGS TO THE FORCES OF FISHES
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    HALLOWEEN LEECH
    .. It's strange the way some fisher's minds work. It's especially strange the way that a few neighbors view the popular and famous fishing spots nearby.
    .. Long story - short: They danced bare bottomed around the table at the Barns Holes on the Madison River and left an offering to the deity of giant fish. And these are folks that catch many fish of all sorts. Bless their twisted gray matter. Happy Halloween to all.
    .. The low flows of the west side rivers have concentrated fish in all the obvious and desirable holes, (fish perspective, of course.)
    JACK  O'LANTERN SPEY
    .. Early morning catching is far finer than it has any right to be. Daybreak and a large dark dark streamer is a near guarantee of dances with runners, (a title for a . . . )
    .. Of course some of the neighbors feel that there is a certain magic attached to the flies of the season. The Halloween Leech is used by some of the folks that catch many of the running submarines.
    .. For those that demand the use of a two handed rod and believe that the rod makes the man on 40' wide streams; there is a Spey Fly to match the affectations of the big rod envious. Of course it's called the Jack O'Lantern Spey.
    THE GOBLIN
    .. We're partial to the Ralph Cutter fly that he developed for the East Walker River. It's a hybrid bunny and marabou concoction called The Goblin, that is dense, dark, lively, and victorious in galling large trout.
    .. We tend to prefer, (on a practical note,) more traditional streamers such as black Woolly Buggers, and some of the larger nymphs.
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    .. The Gibbon River is running at all time record low discharge rate. The Firehole River is only 20 cfs from it's all time low discharge rate. The Madison River is running 260 cfs below it's seasonal mean value and less than 50 cfs to go to an all time low.
    ADIOS YELLOWSTONE
    .. One consequence of this low water is that many of the traditional mid-river holes are a bit shallow for the fish psyche of lake dwelling submarines. They are packed in the deeper bends and long deep streams of the rivers where changes of course and flow have carved some dark water stream features.
    .. We're anticipating a bit of unsettled weather over the next few days.
    .. Should the precipitation be liquid the low flows will be increased and water will be deep enough to make the fish happy - and just in time for for the closing of Yellowstone National Park, (and the Fall fishing season.)
    .. We're headed back for the final curtain and will keep you informed.
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