90° F at 7:00 PM
Dead Fish Near Shore
colorful hatches seen
|WALLPAPER: DATE WITH A 21 YEAR OLD SWEETHEART|
-------.. Down low and far away there is a mighty and free flowing river.
.. It's origin is high in the Absaroka Mountains' Yount Peak and it travels through the south central wilderness of the Thorohfare in Yellowstone National Park.
.. It is the only undammed major river in the lower 48: all 692 miles of it.
|THE BLUE HATCH|
.. The place names of Paradise Valley, Yankee Jim Canyon, Black Canyon, Point of Rocks, and Grey Owl are in the lexicon of fishers far and wide.
.. Some of our neighbors will brave the journey through the park on a regular basis. Some others go the long way 'round to avoid the hassle. Some go frequently. We go infrequently and sporadically.
|THE YELLOW HATCH|
.. The sky is nearly cloudless. The days are hot. The breeze becomes wind around 2:00 PM.
|THE PURPLE HATCH|
..The river is still high enough that a strong and experienced captain is necessary.
.. Fishy waters are nearly everywhere. Good fishy water is scattered variously along the river.
|THE ORANGE HATCH|
.. Strength, cunning, river savvy, and experience all come into play.
.. We're lucky that our neighbor still has bulky shoulders and over a quarter century experience in matters of this river.
.. The necessary flies are way too small. The hooks are way too wee. The hook eyes are dinky and hard to see, (even with cheaters,) for aged human eyes and twitchy hands.
.. On the other hand, when there are Green Drakes, Hoppers, Sizeable Caddis, and some pudgy PMD's, we'll take the plunge.
|ANOTHER GREEN ONE|
.. With a good boat captain you should not need to cast too often or too far.
.. Long drifts over holding water are easily accomplished if the captain is doing his job.
.. It's possible to plunk your fly down and have the captain steer the boat so the fly is drag free and hits the slicks, pillows, seams, and such without you having to do a thing. Good captains even see the fish coming to the fly before you do. What an easy day on the water!
|FISH THE BOULDER BARS|
.. It produces boulder bars the
size of freight trains.
.. The river has side channels that are the equivalent of main channels in other streams. The islands in the river are the size of many small countries and the fishing and catching is as varied as any.
|FISH THE BOULDER HIDES|
.. These places are deeply scoured channels, dark holes, undercut shore lines, and boulder fields with boulder hides large enough for Moby Dick.
.. It behooves the fisher to park the boat and explore these wonderful places on foot. The rewards can be spectacular.
.. Local information from resident fishers is a must for successful catching that the river is famous for. It borders on stupidity to blindly tackle this glorious river.
|SCENIC WONDERS ABOUND|
.. The Kodak moment is a near constant entity. Some folks take a boat ride just to capture the valley with the pixilated electrons that can fill a book. Your choice.
|RED QUILL CRIPPLE|
.. Brunch is going to fill the cavernous void that a couple of long days on the water have produced.
.. Sleeping late is an added side benefit.
.. Then maybe a nap.
|WALLPAPER: PASTRAMI DONE RIGHT|