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  • Monday, August 25, 2014

    No Fishing On Wednesday Or Thursday

    A BREAK IN THE RAIN
    Hoppers Will Be Happy
    time for sundry tasks, and such
    WALLPAPER: WILDFLOWERS AND FRESH BREAD
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    .. Jeez, it's  wonderful. The temperatures are bearable, the grass is green, the wildflowers have lasted too long, the ants have had continuous work, the trees are drunk with liquid, and fishers have rejoiced in the clouds, overcast and catching opportunities. We've had a bit of rain - everyday.
    BLUE FISH FOOD
    .. It looks like mid week will be bright, sunny, and slightly warmer, (well into the 70's.) Fish will hide from the sun. Hoppers will dry their wings. The days will be salubrious and inviting. It will be picnic weather in Yellowstone country. The evenings should be gentle and lazy. There will be time to take a break in catching to catch up on chores. It will pain the neighbors who fish to see the sun. They'll get over it.
    .. This recent spate of cool damp weather has been a blessing for fishers and the bane of tourists from the southern half of the United States. 
    FOOD CONVEYOR
    .. The Firehole River has lost over 10° F and is being fished with impunity. Wiggly fish are being released with glee as the fishers have gotten a rare opportunity to both fish and catch in mid August. There is a slight warming trend in the forecast and the waters will probably warm to lethal temperatures again.
    .. Nez Perce Creek flows into the Firehole River above a very fishy stretch of water. The fish have concentrated themselves below the confluence and fishers have been slow to figure this out, the fish were quicker on the uptake.
    .. Gulpers are gulping sporadically above the weed beds in Hebgen Reservoir. Lucky fishers who manage to hit the lake before the squalls do manage to catch a few outsized trout sampling the surfacing bugs. It's not the sure thing that it's been in recent memory but it is a rewarding pastime.
    .. The hoppers struggling to fly up the road on the Galllatin River are finding water as frequently as land. The fish like this.
    hors d'oeuvre
    .. The hoppers are joined by the flooded out ants in learning the backstroke. The little streams that feed the Gallatin River are running full and sweeping debris and food downstream. It's paradise for fish. Fishers are scarce and the poor fish have very few dance partners - so be it.
    .. The wet weather has produced little puddles of water that persist for days or a week or two. That's long enough fo another generation of mosquitoes to burst forth. It's not like the summer swamps of Alaska but it is providing another welcome food source for the fish.
    .. All in all, it's been an August of a different stripe. Not unknown but not the joy of Summer that visitors expect. Local sports and many of the neighbors are hoping for extended coolness. We're not sure what will happen in the next three weeks but fishing and catching should continue to be exceptional.
    .. We've got rain gear drying in the hall.
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    WALLPAPER: POTTER WASP BEFORE BEING EATEN