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  • Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Reprieve

    COOLNESS ARRIVES
    Fog, Rain, Clouds, Hail,
    the spirits responded
    PELICAN VALLEY FOG
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    .. With a week of clouds and rain and seasonal temperatures the west side rivers in Yellowstone National Park have continued to be a productive destination for catchers of the wily trout.
    .. We spent a week in the park visiting places we have not seen in a year or two. All is well. Lodging prices are up and the crowds are thicker than ever. Look for another record year. There are giant condos on wheels and buses like never before.
    -- Brief observations:
    >> Firehole River in good shape. Fish now and thank the spirits for the cool and increased discharge.
    >> Madison River  slightly colored. Still some Stoneflies, caddis, and streamers.
    >> Nez Perce Creek fish with attractor flies up beyond the thermal area. Catch bigger fish than you've any right to expect.
    >> Gibbon River the big meadows are soggy and only the brave will be rewarded with early morning or evening monsters in the slow and slightly colored waters of the lazy bends. Sight fishing to noses is still possible.
    HARD TO MISS
    >> Gibbon River Canyon has very cordial fish that are being very traditional in their response to the good old flies. This is the place for your favorite attractors.
    >> Gallatin River above the confluence meadows is a place for solitude, big fish, bears, and moose. Keep your bear spray in hand and whistle while you work.
    >> Taylor Fork a bit muddy right now. Fish the edge of the silt line as it enters the Gallatin River.
    >> Cougar Creek above the sinks seems to have some nice fish - judging by the cell phone pictures we've seen.
    >> The Duck Creek bears have engendered some warning signs being posted at the park boundary.
    >> Upper Firehole River brookies are being entertained by many visiting children.
    >> Obsidian Creek is holding it's own given the heavy visitor traffic and wonderfully forgiving fish.
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    .. Ignorance seems to abound with the visitors this year (LINK 1, LINK 2.)
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