• PARTNER: PROTECT YOUR WATERS
  • Go To: THE FLIES OF YELLOWSTONE
  • Go To: YELLOWSTONE FISHING WEATHER
  • Go To: YELLOWSTONE FLY FISHING MAPS
  • Visit: Moldy Chum
  • Visit: The Horse's Mouth
  • Visit: Chi Wulff
  • Visit: Parks' Fly Shop
  • Visit: Montana Cowgirl
  • Monday, September 12, 2016

    Some Fish - Some Fire

    WEST SIDE BURNOUTS
    Runners Present
    please plan carefully
    WALLPAPER:  BARNS HOLES BURNOUT
    -------
    .. We used to call them 'backfires' and 'backburns.' Now they are called "BURNOUTS."
    BAKERS' HOLE BURNOUT
    .. These are controlled fires that are set to burn out areas where major wildfires may use fuel to spread in unwanted directions.
    .. The most recent burnouts in our area were near the Barns Holes and the Bakers' Hole Campground.
    .. The road access to the Barns Holes is closed. Currently it is still possible to access the Madison River through the Bakers' Hole Campground.
     .. These actions were taken in advance of forecast cooler weather and light rain. Duration of the closures is dependent on local conditions at the southwestern corner of the MAPLE FIRE.
    HIGHWAY 89, BERRY FIRE
    .. Additionally, the South Entrance Road is closed due to increased activity of the BERRY FIRE.
    .. Now that the spawn has started it is important to carefully plan your fishing access in the pursuit of the wily runners from Hebgen Reservoir.
    .. Use the following resources to be informed about fire activity, area closures, and road closures:
    >> INCIWEB MAPLE FIRE,
    >> INCIWEB BERRY FIRE,
    >> NPS CURRENT FIRE ACTIVITY,
    >> YNP ROAD INFORMATION PHONE;  307-344-2117,
    >> YNP INTERACTIVE FIRE MAP,
    >> YNP FACEBOOK PAGE,
    >> YNP TWITTER.
    -----
    .. The Gallatin River is where many of the neighbors are hanging out nowadays. There is a large assemblage of trout food in the offing.
    .. Terrestrials include ants, flying ants, hoppers, beetles, and small sticks.
    .. There are spruce moths along with some white miller caddis. There are other caddis flies and an occasional mayfly.
    .. The lovely nymphic zoo includes big and little stoneflies, caddis, and the occasional small fry. The trout are loving it.
    TRAIL CLOSURES: FAWN PASS BIGHORN PASS
    .. The higher elevations of both the Fawn Pass Trail and the Bighorn Pass Trail are closed. For the moment fishing access to the Gallatin River and Fan Creek is available. It's smoky up there but the fish are ravenous: especially the ones in the willows and meadow of the upper Gallatin River.
    -----
    NEIGHBORHOOD FALL FLIES
    .. We'll only whisper this once: fish in their current sex-crazed state ascend creeks other than the Madison River.
    .. The neighbors will ostracize me for a week or so but, there are some giant fish in the Duck Creek Estuary, Cougar Creek Estuary, Grayling Creek, Bacon Rind Creek, and some other bits of water leading into Hebgen Reservoir. Of course a map is required.
    FIREHOLE ABOVE OLD FAITHFUL
    .. The Firehole River above Old Faithful is attracting quite a bit of attention from foreign visitors. It's amazing what the local counter help ignores.
    .. Water temperatures up there are hanging out in the 50's with lows overnight in the mid 40's. At least some fishers are dancing with the brightly colored and feisty Brook Trout on this inviting stretch of water. JEEZE, even the grass is still green!
    NEON WHAMME
    .. The glory waters of the famous Firehole River are still spiking to the 70's by noon.
    .. A few of our neighbors arise early and catch the fish while the water is cool, the fog is low,  and the shadows are long.
    .. It's still mostly a soft hackle game but large green nymph patterns are also galling some of the  larger fish.
    .. It's late and time for a midnight snack. Something light will do.
    -------
    WALLPAPER:   MIDNIGHT SNACK