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  • Monday, November 14, 2016

    Denouemont

    ABUNDANT WET LOVE
    Moon Behind Clouds
    finally; some snow
    WALLPAPER:  MID NOVEMBER WEATHER
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    .. The first half of November has been warmer than many summer days. This is hopefully about to end.
    LOCAL LOVERS
    .. There's a bit of snow forecast for mid week, along with some cool weather - for a brief period. We'll be back in the 40's by the weekend.
    .. We went outside early this morning to see the super moon and discovered the eastern sky lit up like neon behind the thin clouds of an impending winter storm. Asi es la vida.
    COME ALONG SALLY
    .. Fish have been cavorting in the shallows and seem to be very happy to do so.
    .. Although fishing in the park is over, the walk and ride sign is out and the neighbors get some genteel and free access to the west side wonders. This is a little known tradition that, (in weather like this,) is greatly appreciated by the high country village dwellers.
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    ON THE DIRT FOR NOW
    .. There are some lovely neighborhood streams that are producing exceptional catching opportunities.
    .. The South Fork of the Madison River is coming into it's own. The flow is low and cold and the migrants are bunched up in the deep holes and outside bends of the river.
    .. No need for a snowmachine this year, but the tour company operators are gearing up for the inevitable storms.
    .. The little trickles on the Continental Divide side of Hebgen Reservoir are loaded with migrants and very few elbows. The neighbors with enough money for gasoline have been enjoying both the weather and the catching.
    .. Down canyon the Gallatin River has slowed considerably and the warm weather has kept both the water and the bugs in unbelievable catching shape. There are still some spruce moths, beetles, and ants on the water. The caddis have slowed - only to be replaced with an early swarm of midges. What a wonderful Autumn this has been!
    THE DOUBLE MIDGE
    .. For all of these places a greased soft hackle followed by a nymph on point is all that is needed.
    .. Adjust the sizes and depth of the dropper for the water and you'll do well with a gentle stroll along the bank.
    .. If there are noses to be seen and, you can see the wee flies, a double midge pattern will poke those noses nicely.
    .. It's been unseemly crowded along the lowland Madison River. Happy wet dogs, pretty pink and blue vests, some owner rowed boats and guides have been doing the late fall polka. It shan't last too much longer.
    ANTICIPATION
    .. Both the Reynolds Pass parking and the Three Dollar Bridge access have seen summer-like crowds and vehicles. Soft hackles and/or big nymphs are just fine for these sections. Noses will occasionally happen and the mayflies can be used should you choose to limit your number count.
    .. Not to put too fine a point on it but a couple of neighbors have fished the shadows at dusk Between The Lakes. The much scorned and mightily maligned mouse along with giant streamers on the surface have nailed some trophy fish - released with cell phone verification of course.
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    .. Without a local newspaper it's mandatory that we make it to the post office early, then to the hardware store, and finally to the grocery store. This for news that's not spread through the pubs.
    .. So then, time for petit dejeuner - or some such.
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    WALLPAPER:  PASTRAMI IN BÉCHAMEL SAUCE