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  • Saturday, July 16, 2016

    It's Here

    THE UP SIDE
    Cooling Rains Exit
    neighbors migrating
    WALLPAPER: OVER THE TOP
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    .. We traveled to the far reaches of interior Yellowstone National Park.
    .. It's a trek we make a couple of times each year. It's part of the neighborhood migration. As our west side rivers heat up and the fish need a break from the lather whipped froth of fly flingers we join the neighbors for brief forrays into the other bits of the park.
    .. The migration is a little late this year. We've been blessed with more cool days than we deserve and the exceptional catching has held on far longer than we anticipated.
    ..The weather forecast for the near term, however, suggests that a bit of warmness is blasting toward us. It's overdue.
    ANT COLONY
    .. 80's and maybe 90's are about to visit us. The ants like it. The hoppers like it. The beetles like it. Fish hide from it. Cloudless skies are tough on a fish looking to hide from the eagles and ospreys.
    .. This is the time of year we look toward the Lamar River and the Yellowstone River.
    .. Those drainage basins are currently full of cool water, many bugs, many fish and many tributaries that often go overlooked.
    FUN WATER
    .. A couple of our favorite small streams are on the way to the big rivers.
    .. We stopped and looked. They are still busy with friendly fish and eager fishers. Pass!
    .. The end of the salmon fly hatch is hanging on in the Lamar River Canyon.
    .. Nymph and soft hackle flies hold the day for the moment. Very soon now the mayflies will be everywhere, (just not all at once.) We smashed a couple with our predatory windshield wipers but not the density that should happen any day now.
    JUST FOR FUN
    .. The hoppers are mature and, on warm days, they will practice their breast stroke along the grassy parts of the rivers.
    .. Take a couple hopper imitations for bobbers and fish either a 'hopper dropper' or 'hopper dry' combination. You may be surprised with  a double up - it happens.
    GOOD BOBBER
    .. If you are into watching your fly swirl along the surface it would also be good to carry a box full of PMD imitations.
    .. If you're real lucky a giant Green Drake will tickle your ear and it's time to find them on the water.
    LAMAR RUN
    .. We spoke with some folks exiting the dusty Slough Creek Road. It seems that catching is picking up and that streamers, nymphs, and even some dry flies are fooling the famously wily trout.
    .. Jump on it now, (if you're so inclined,) because the campground still has open spaces and it's not too overly crowded.
    .. The sporadic rains have clouded both Soda Butte Creek and the Lamar River. No real mud plugs to speak of but it's still possible at any time.  Soda Butte Creek is getting crowded from Trout Lake to the confluence with the Lamar River.
    .. The small stretches between giant boulders above the lower meadow are full of fish. This is water that is a nuisance to reach and is often overlooked. Just about any ol' floater and quite a few sinkers will gather up a storied day of 10" to 12" fish. Try it you'll like it, (even if you have to walk through a tangle of vegetation.)
    LONELY STREAM
    .. We enjoyed Pebble Creek, (above the campground and the picnic tables.) The fish are smaller but the elbows are fewer.
    .. There are some deep meanders in this shallow stream that hold monster, (up to 15",) fish. This is bragging size for this little wonder of a stream.
    WORKS GOOD
    .. Generally guides and visiting fishers concentrate on the water below the road and into Soda Butte Creek. Have at it.
    .. Right now there are plenty of fish to be fooled and the little stream is clear as crystal and cold.
    ..  There are some reports of bears and even wolves, (my my,) so carry your bear spray and sing silly songs in chorus with your fishing partners. It lets the bears know you are coming!
    .. Big water Yellowstone River report coming up. Stay tuned. It's coming on daylight and we're still digesting last night's dinner.
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    WALLPAPER:  SEARED AND READY
    WALLPAPER:  BOILED IN REAL LARD
    WALLPAPER:  CRISP AND TENDER CARNITAS
    WALLPAPER:  CARNITAS TACOS