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  • Saturday, February 27, 2016

    One More Week

    A HAPPY SURPRISE
    Extra Pleasantness
    an extra day too
    WALLPAPER: BARE PAVEMENT !!
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    .. We get an extra day of fishing this month on St. Oswald's Day. This is the leaping saint of Worcester not the saint of Northumbria. It confuses us too.
    .. But, on the other hand, the weather is leaping into the 40's for the next week: not too shabby.
    .. Those neighbors that aren't camping or tickling the smoker have taken to driving down canyon to visit the exceptional catching on the Gallatin River. Some have even gone as far as Ennis to gather up the exceptional streamer fishing on the Madison River.
    .. There have been monstrous midge hatches on both rivers with the bright sun. The breeze is occasionally gentle enough to take advantage of the little winter denizens.
    .. The Gallatin River is yielding some nice fish to standard and bead head nymphs. Nothing fancy is required, (use the twinkly stuff if you must,) and be sure to work the slow side of the seams in the shadows - down deep.
    FISHING INFORMATION
    .. Some streamer action has been reported below Big Sky and on the broad sections around Gallatin Gateway.
    .. Down on the lowland Madison River there is quite a bit of action using large dark nymphs and small olive streamers, (read Matuka.) Grab your favorite Stonefly imitation and probe the depths where the cobbles turn to boulders near the shore or on the mid river bars.
    .. Both Golden Stonefly and Salmonfly nymph imitations are hot right now. Large buggy bits of flotsam on the surface are beginning to interest fish as well.
    .. There is a mini-runoff building right now. Our low level snowpack is sparse and has started to melt - early as it is.
    .. We're headed to Snowflake Springs - we'll work our way down stream for some distance until the breezes kick up.
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    WALLPAPER:  PULLA: IN CELEBRATION OF LEAPING

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

    Da Moon

    A CHANGE OF PACE
    Something Special
    for the hunger moon

    WALLPAPER: CONTINENTAL STYLE
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    .. Pork and beans - in the original style. Straight from Southern Italy, (and other pig eating cultures in Europe.) The original ''Pork and Beans." Slow braised smoked pork hocks with cannellini beans and light rye bread.
    .. The Hunger Moon is that full moon in February that was also called The Snow Moon by Native Americans along our eastern seaboard and in the Great Lakes region.
    .. Both monikers are highly descriptive and accurate - for both man and trout. The full moon occurs tonight this year.
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     .. This "Full Snow Moon," (Hunger Moon, Only Bone Moon, etc.) is one of the most productive times for night fishing in our neighborhood.
    .. The water, (where not frozen - especially on those secret Gallatin River tributaries,) is very cold.
    TRIBUTARY SWEEPER
    .. The food for fish is sparse. Large, nocturnal, predatory trout are eager to have a sack of groceries flopping around in their water.
    .. Torpor in the fish enhances catching for those fishers that can hit a fish in the nose.
    .. Frenzied fingers are busy at the neighborhood tying benches. Splashy and wiggly patterns are emerging from kitchen tables and heated garages in our village.
    .. The fishing at night during this time of year is similar to fishing a mouse during the Autumn season. Catching has been very good during this week's warm weather. It looks like the warm days will continue for at least another week.
    COMING AT YOU
    .. Patterns range from sensible to whimsical, to splendorous. Most of the patterns resemble the most successful fly from a couple of years ago: the "Moonlight Dancer."
    .. It is reminiscent of many bass poppers. It is made from spun deer hair and sports a winged tail. It has a large flat face and is fished in the brighter areas of moonlight on the water in the shade of trees and bushes.
    .. Strip - pause - strip, strip - pause - strip, strip, strip - long pause: repeat and get ready. There are bigger trout to be had than in your wildest wettest dreams!

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    WALLPAPER:  MOONLIGHT DANCER
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    WALLPAPER:  PLUGGED IN AND READY

    Sunday, February 07, 2016

    Priorities

    A DAY FOR FOOTBALLS
    Today At 4:30 P.M. (MST)
    we saw the first one
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    .. Back then it was the "AFL-NFL World Championship Game."
    It was not too big a deal and it didn't even fill the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
    THE CELEBRATED RAMETTES
    .. Tickets cost an outrageous $12.00. The game was broadcast simultaneously by both CBS and NBC.
    .. The Los Angeles Ramettes, (baton twirlers in baggy bottoms,) were the featured entertainment along with Al Hirt and a couple of college bands.
    'TWAS THE FIRST
    .. Oh, the two teams that made their presence felt were the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
    .. Vince Lombardy and Bart Starr prevailed by the score of 35 - 10.
    TAKE FIVE
    .. Halftime entertainment included a brief smoke by K.C. quarterback Len Dawson, (later won the game in 1970.)
    .. During the pregame, the University of Arizona band created a physical outline of the continental United States at the center of the field, with the famed Anaheim High School drill team placing banners of each NFL and AFL team at each team's geographical location. AND - 10,000 balloons were released.
    .. This year, on this day, it promises to be far less entertaining as a football game but the spectacle should be a bit more grand.
    10,000 BALLOONS
    .. Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara is smaller than the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and has been expanded for the game to hold 75,000 souls.
    .. Tickets cost between $3,000 and infinity depending on the luxury boxes and other amenities. Parking for the masses costs just $150. The pretty people will have their Uber-copter deposit them in the VIP area.
    .. According to Stub-Hub the average price for tickets is holding steady at around $5,000 and is nearly sold out. All this to see the Broncos and Panthers play a game that features teams that were non existent in the early days. A good cultural indicator.
    .. Oops, the sun is peaking through the trees, breakfast is ready, and the fish are waiting. We'll be back for pre-game snacks.
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    WALLPAPER:  TODAY'S BREAKFAST

    Wednesday, February 03, 2016

    A Winter Song

    FROM JIM
    For The Neighbors
    time on his hands
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    .. So the kid next door got an iMac for Christmas. This one's for Jim. Good show bud, keep it up.
    .. Might as well talk a bit about the fishing down canyon on the Gallatin River.
    .. The anchor ice has finally started to make it's presence felt and the fish are slowing down apace with the temperature drops.
    THAT DAMN DAM
    .. There are still a couple of tributaries running and the finny folks are podded up in the discharge channels. There's even a small beaver dam down low, (you Bozeman fishers know where,) that hasn't been blown out or iced over yet - spiffy!
    .. It's been mostly overcast with an occasional broken-cloud sunny day. The snow has been slow, the temperatures brisk, and the catching is better than just O.K.
    MADISON MAULER
    .. Not much surface activity above Big Sky, Montana. Up high the only place where some buglets are on on the surface is just north of the park boundary at Snowflake Springs. Anything small, dark, and mashed may get a fish to check it out.
    .. Bead head anything that gets down quick will bang the torpid fish in the nose and give some excellent results. The neighbors are opting for large stuff of the hairy and wiggly sort.
    TUNGSTEN RUBBER LEGS
    .. The winter bird counters and visiting fly fishers have been sparse so far. Between The Lakes has seen a few brave neighbors fishing in the catching spots down by the Quake Lake Debauchery.
    .. We're recovering from the visit to the 'down the hill gang' - it may take weeks. We'll start with lunch.
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    WALLPAPER: HOMEMADE CARAWAY RYE, SWISS CHEESE, SAUERKRAUT, PASTRAMI, FRIED TATER SKINS