A LITTLE COLD DRIZZLE
A Wayward Flake Or Two
morning finds many big fish
|WALLPAPER: THE MORNING BITE|
|FISH WITH THIS VIEW AT HAND|
.. Catching has been very good this Fall. Not spectacular but satisfyingly rewarding.
.. The fish population seems to be higher than in recent memory, (probably due to the recent mild winters and high recruitment.)
|GRAB A BUNCH|
.. There are pods of fish now staging in the estuary of the South Fork of the Madison River. There are no reports of large spawners moving upstream for this late run but folks in tubes, (Brrrr,) and boats are concentrated in this arm of Hebgen Reservoir.
.. The fly of the hours still seems to be the ubiquitous soft hackle. Big as you have on the Madison River and in the reservoir. Smaller sizes are abundant on the Firehole River.
|THIS'LL WORK TOO|
.. Some of the neighbors are fishing only soft hackles: sizes 6, 8, 10 for drowning and sizes 14 and 16 for floating. Plucked sparse and greased real good the softies float very well and fool even the most educated of trout.
.. Should you choose to improve your catch rate for the spawners on the Madison River the neighbors have a couple of suggestions: 1.) leave the extra suds at the pub, 2.) arise in the dark and eat hearty, 3.) pour the second cup of coffee in the thermos, 4.) fish the morning fog, 5.) cover water and drive, laying abed just puts off the pain of not going fishing.
-----.. Speaking of the weather -- wha . . . ? NOAA has finally committed themselves to a monster El Niño. They have even told us what to expect over the winter.
Depending on your fishing plans the forecast is either very good or very bad.
.. Here are the temperature and precipitation maps from the forecasters:
.. Of course there is still good catching on the Gallatin River and, (a bit of a surprise,) Nez Perce Creek.
|A WHAT ??|
.. On the Gallatin River deeply dredged small dark streamers are gathering up some nice fish. Fish in the Fan Creek confluence meadows under the banks. Sneaking through the willows is mandatory.
.. On Nez Perce Creek, take a short walk up the Mary Mountain Trail. Bring your friend the bear spray with you.
.. Once above the lower thermal feature cluster wet a line with a Lead Wing Coachman followed by an original Feather Duster. Catch some dandy fish that have run up from the Firehole River. You'll probably have to tie your own.
.. We've heard rumors that the plunge pool below Gibbon Falls has some submarines berthed in the off-side foam line. The water is low enough to easily get there. Perhaps.
|WALLPAPER: FISH THE MOUNT|