HOARDS IN THE PARK
A Monster Traffic Jam
in early - out early
|MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TRAFFIC PATTERN|
|Sz 16 Secret|
.. We were early. There were some small bugs. The Firehole River was busy but not too crowded in the morning. Reports from the brave tell that it was very busy until dark and a fine time was had by all.
.. Caddis larva was the ticket early. By 9:00 AM the soft hackles were raking them in. A few BWO's splatted our windshield coming out of the park near 7 mile bridge on the Madison River.
.. We stopped in town for lunch and some secret green flies and then trundled down the road to Baker's Hole Campground.
.. The Madison River athwart the park boundary was alive with resident fish and only a couple of neighbors were thrashing about in the unseasonably tall grass and mud puddles.
.. One holdover runner was taken at the park boundary upstream from the campground. Not much size to it, (about 20",) and very dark. Hope she makes it back to Hebgen Reservoir.
.. The news of the day was more about the traffic than the fishing. Catching was not epic - but it was very good. The usual suspects brought fish to hand: Small mayfly sorts and small soft hackles were the champions. Small green nymphs and of course Prince Nymphs did a good job as well.
.. We refrained from using a San Juan Worm. It was a tribulation but we persevered.
|BOB'S ROCK WORM|
.. We'll be back in Yellowstone National Park again tomorrow. Early dontchaknow?
.. Check the images of the traffic below. It may be a portent of things to come.
|WALLPAPER: VIEW TO THE WEST|
|WALLPAPER: VIEW TO THE NORTH|
|WALLPAPER: VIEW TO THE SOUTH|
|WALLPAPER: VIEW TO THE PARK|