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  • Friday, November 17, 2017

    Thursday, November 16, 2017

    Sunday, November 12, 2017

    Wrap It Up

    THE LATE SEASON
    Runner Region
    some keep score
    WALLPAPER:  ACCESS FOR CATCHING
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    .. During the terminal weeks of fishing and catching in Yellowstone National Park one bit of the Madison River is very busy.
    .. Runner fever infects even the most surly of fishers from near and far. Body temperatures rise. Blood runs rapidly. Dances on tiptoes break out frequently. Wild gesticulations of arms, legs, heads, and bodies abound.
    .. One of our neighbors, (poor fellow,) is afflicted each year. He even keeps score and has a detailed log of his catches. We have convinced him to allow us to post his follies for this last year.
    .. We promised to do it after the park closed to fishing and to visitors.
    ACCESS POINTS
    .. Here it is with his stipulations, (map above.) Only general areas are shown for the numbers of runners taken, (white numbers.)
    .. No specific river locations are shown in detail. Access points that he uses are shown with a cartoon "A."
    BAKER'S HOLE BUGGER
    .. This note is not meant to show the density of the runners. It is not meant to show the most productive areas for catching. It is just a visual chronicle of a single neighbor and his catches of runners this last year.
    SKINNYTUKA
    .. He, (like us,) avoids elbows on the water.
    .. He is plugged into both the establishment fisher network and the neighborhood jungle drums, (unlike us.)
    .. He fishes nearly every day, (before, during, and after work.) Shame on him.
    WOOLLY BUGGER
    .. Young and strong as he is, he avoids the most difficult of access points to the water.
    .. Even as a youngster he has discovered that that not all the latest and greatest flies are winners.
    .. His most successful flies are the Woolly Bugger, the Skinnytuka, Baker's Hole Bugger, and King Prince Nymph.
    KING PRINCE
    .. We know that more than 75 fish of heroic size in three or four weeks does stretch credulity. We believe it.
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    .. So, it's late and today we may be able to skulk along the shore of the South Fork of the Madison River.
    .. There are both big, sex crazed fish from Hebgen Reservoir and, some nice spunky residents to be visited.
    .. The willows are thick, the snow is coming down, the visitors are few and, neighborhood elbows nearly missing.
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    WALLPAPER:  STRAWBERRIES SWIM IN SYRUP


    Wednesday, November 08, 2017

    The Other Season

    NO LONGER TRUE
    'Round The Calendar
    apace with growth
    WALLPAPER:  UP ON THE ROOF
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    ..Not too long ago we would say there were just two seasons in town: "winter and construction."
    .. Over the last ten or twelve years the pace of construction has accelerated to a frenzy trying to keep up with demand of visitation.
    .. Old buildings are being renovated into rental and motel properties. New buildings are popping up on the previously scenic vacant lots = the trees in town are vanishing.
    .. Now we have a labor shortage for the service sector. Partly aggravated by the poor wage scale and lack of adequate housing.
    .. Of course the plutocrats and oligarchs could care less as long as the visitors spend money, accept shoddy service, and need only be served once.
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    .. Reminds us of a song:
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    When this old world starts getting me down
    And people are just too much for me to face
    I climb way up to the top of the stairs
    And all my cares just drift right into space
    On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
    And there the world below can't bother me
    Let me tell you now
    When I come home feelin' tired and beat
    I go up where the air is fresh and sweet (up on the roof)
    I get away from the hustling crowd
    And all that rat-race noise down in the street (up on the roof)
    On the roof, the only place I know
    Where you just have to wish to make it so
    Let's go up on the roof (up on the roof)
    At night the stars put on a show for free
    And, darling, you can share it all with me
    I keep a-tellin' you
    Right smack dab in the middle of town
    I've found a paradise that's trouble proof (up on the roof)
    And if this world starts getting you down
    There's room enough for two
    Up on the roof (up on the roof)
    Up on the roo-oo-oof (up on the roof)
    Oh, come on, baby (up on the roof)
    Oh, come on, honey (up on the roof)
    Everything is all right (up on the roof)
    Songwriters: Carole King / Gerry Goffin
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    .. Can we really be that old? Do you really need to be from New York, NY to understand it all?
    .. We'll roll over and remonstrate with the universe. We'll also recuperate from a touch of pneumonia and the flu.
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    WALLPAPER:  SUGAR CRUSTED RHUBARB CUSTARD PIE

    Sunday, November 05, 2017

    Fruit In Bread

    PERUVIAN VARIETY
    Not A Fruit Cake
    an italian gift
    WALLPAPER:  PANETON  -  NOT PANETTONE
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    .. Straight from Peru. This is Paneton. The Italian version is Panettone. Mention of the Italian bread stems from 1470 and it's history as a special bread can be traced to Roman times.
    .. It has way too many eggs and way too much butter and way too much liquore.
    .. Although recipes vary both locally and internationally the breads are similar enough to be recognizable when presented and eaten. The spelling is interesting in the Peruvian variety.
    .. A small international uproar has been brewing lately between the bakers in Peru and those in Italy. The Italian bakers claim that the Peruvian version is bogus and needs to conform to Italian baking standards. The folks in Peru note that the bread was initially imported and locally made by Italian immigrants and is just as authentic as any from Italy.
    .. We like them both and usually make a modified Italian version in tall coffee cans or short porcelain casserole dishes. They all are delicious and are best served with soft butter spread thickly on both sides of each wedge shaped slice.
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    .. Yellowstone National Park has closed the west entrance road due to our 18" of snow. Officially the entrance will close tomorrow.
    .. There is still good to excellent catching on the Madison River and Madison Arm Estuary. Snowmobiles are recommended.
    CARRY IT
    .. The South Fork of the Madison River is showing pods of very large fish in the estuary. Some of the giant fish have made it up to the old power line road.
    .. This group of runners is on time and perhaps a week early. The roads are still open but snowmobiles are highly recommended.
    .. Bear spray is required as elk guts are being happily consumed by the local bruin population.
    .. Sledheads who fish are using long stout leaders and short casts from the shore.
    STANDARD FARE
    .. Let a lightly greased dark streamer slowly sink in the gentle current. Mend the line and leader a couple of time and then pull the fly under water. Slow jerky retrieve at the end of the drift near the shore.
    .. We've said it before and say it again now: this is the most productive runner fishing in the neighborhood. Visitors don't appreciate snow and, local guides and counter help are busy telling stories and keeping warm near the fire in the pub.
    .. Many large rambunctious fish + low traffic + light pressure = many dances per hour.
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    .. It's bright overcast. It's late morning. We used our extra hour for some shut-eye. Breakfast was large and filling. The good neighbor sled vendor has a snow machine waiting. Off we go.
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    WALLPAPER:   FOR THE NEIGHBOR'S KIDS


    Saturday, November 04, 2017

    Monday, October 30, 2017

    Winter Looming

    SNOW ON HORIZON
    Flies To Tie
    fling some now !
    BELIEVE IT OR DON'T
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    .. Just a few days left for fishing in Yellowstone National Park. Snow will close the season and usher in a fly tying frenzy for the neighbors.
    EVENING MEAL
    .. Now is the time to fling a few and poke some fish in the snout.
    .. Hunters are bemoaning the lack of snow for elk season. A couple of nice bulls have been dragged down from the high country and some of the neighbors have already abandoned the water for the trees.
    .. Fish now or forever hold your whatsits.
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    .. This may be our last tourist day for the Fall. It'll be cold and bright. The snows should be persistent for the next  week or so. It's all good. We may just do some sight seeing.
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    WALLPAPER:  BEST ARM CHUCK ROAST

    Friday, October 27, 2017

    Disturbing

    FUGIT OBVIUS
    Moldy Chum Alert
    this aint your land ?

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    .. Quick: buzz over to MOLDY CHUM and see their note about landlocked public lands.
    .. One referenced article by Bloomberg Businessweek is staggering in it's scope. This is only going to get worse unless a concerted effort is made by citizen stakeholders.
    .. We were aware of the problem in a vague way but the extent of the trend took us aback.
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    .. A mixed blessing has descended upon the fishers of fish: weather so salubrious that sight seeing is attractive and sun so bright that fish are seeking the depths and the dark. We'll cope.
    PHEASANT TAIL CADDIS NYMPH
    .. For the headhunters on the Madison River seeking runners from Hebgen Reservoir it is necessary to "GET DOWN."
    .. Many fish are missed by using the correct fly and swimming it above the parked submarines. The old adage of 'hit 'em in the nose,' is applicable at this time.
    .. For those folks on the Firehole River who wonder why there are no noses among the flies hatching at the surface; the same applies. The best advice for both groups is to catch a few rocks to be sure that you are deep enough.
    SELDOM USED
    .. Personal preference will dictate whether you use a long leader, added weight or, a sink tip line.
    .. We prefer a short section of lead core between the fly line and the short leader. This allows the fly to be very near the bottom and keeps the line and leader on the bottom. Fewer rocks get caught this way. Poor rocks = stabbed in their bed.
    -- For the brave: the Gallatin River above the confluence meadows has some monstrous fish hiding in the shallow bends of the willow thickets. Smart fishers carry bear spray and travel in packs. They sing, (mostly off key,) and guffaw loudly at sick jokes and ribald tales.
    BARELY FISHED GALLATIN RIVER SEGMENT
    -- The moose are not as tall as some of the willows and the bears are rooting around and eating anything possible to get fat for their winter sleeping. There are fish of heroic proportions to be had.
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    .. It's way too early again. Something about entering maturity. The coffee, (such as it is,)  is stinking up the kitchen and breakfast needs making. We have a fresh canister of bear spray and some neighbors to sing the songs.
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    WALLPAPER:  BEST ARM CHUCK ROAST



    Wednesday, October 25, 2017

    The Bite

    GATE FEES UP ?
    Public Comment
    add your voice
    WALLPAPER:  SOFTLY FAITHFUL
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    .. A proposed fee increase for many popular parks in the National Park System has been announced by the National Park Service.
    .. 17 parks will could enjoy an increased entrance fee during the five month "peak season."
    .. During a five-month peak-season at each of the 17 parks, the entrance fee would be $70 per vehicle, $50 per motorcycle, and $30 per person. All of the funds would be used to improve facilities, infrastructure, and visitor services, with an emphasis on deferred maintenance projects.
     The peak season for each park is defined as the busiest contiguous five month period and would be as follows:
    - May 1-September 30 for Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Denali National Park, Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Olympic National Park, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park
    - June 1-October 31 for Acadia National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Shenandoah National Park
    - January 1-May 31 for Joshua Tree National Park
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    RESOURCES:
    Chicago Tribune,
    Los Angeles Times,
    USA Today,
    NPS Information Page,
    Public Comment Page.
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    .. Finally the whispers have taken over the conversations in the pubs. Runners on the Madison River are thick as mosquitoes in the Bechler Region.
    {{As an aside: There are some nice fish coming out of the Bechler River and the road is still open and dusty.}} 
    YELLOWISH WOOLLY BUGGER
    .. Yellow Woolly Buggers seem to be in the ascendancy for gulling and galling the submarines.
    .. They are really just a matter of personal preference since the fish are lit up and ready to kill any intruder that looks either threatening or like food. 
    .. Crowds of fishers left during our recent snow and brief cooling. With today's sunshine and more temperate weather all the usual suspects are at all the usual  places and doing some exciting catching.  
    BLUEBIRD SKY AND SOME WARMTH
    .. We thought that the run was light this year BUT, it was just a smidgen late. Shows what we know! There are very many fish from Hebgen Reservoir throughout the Madison / Gardiner River system - - - below the falls on each river.
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    .. Some of the more energetic and fit neighbor kids are scoring big fish on the Firehole River in the "Spawn Canyon" above Old Faithful and below Kepler Cascades.
    WHERE THE BIG FISH ARE
    .. Although this bit of the river is seldom fished it is not a secret by any means. Fishing on the river above the Grand Loop Highway bridge is legal. It's just a major nuisance to leave the river after fishing it.
    .. As they say in the pubs: "It is 100 yards in and five miles out." The parking is tough and the hike out of the canyon is a real grunt. It can be treacherous going down too  -- unless you are very careful.
    ..Every now and again a fisher brags about a 24" monster fish taken from the Firehole River. The best and most honest protestations in defense of the fish story are seldom believed. However, there are big fish in the river if you know where to find them. In the Fall of the year they are concentrated in this little canyon. Try it now.
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    NO SNOW FOR HALLOWEEN ?
    .. The next six or seven days, (save one,) will show a return to 'tourist weather.' Feather merchants are ecstatic and the guides are dancing cross legged. There are bugs in the air, fish in the water and fishers packed elbow to elbow -- game on go to it!
    .. We're up early to build a couple of lunches and fill a few Thermos bottles with some black swill. Perhaps some amber liquid in a small flask too. Off we go.
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    WALLPAPER:  GERMAN'S SWEET CHOCOLATE CAKE


    Wednesday, October 18, 2017

    Photo Of The Year

    WILDLIFE IMAGE
    Dead & Destroyed
    a stark reality
    WALLPAPER: by BRENT STIRTON
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    .. The judging is finished for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year, (WPY.)
    .. Brent Stirton visited 30 crime scenes in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve of South Africa.
    .. He documented each one. The animals are usually killed with a silenced rifle at night by local poachers. The horns, (just like your toenails,) are sold to middlemen and then smuggled out of South Africa to either China or South Vietnam.
    .. Street prices for the horn are higher than the price of gold or cocaine.
    RESOURCES
     >> BBC REPORTS
    >> NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
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    .. Another in a series of tourist days in Yellowstone National Park.
     .. Visiting fishers are taking advantage of the warmth, (50°F,) to crowd into parking places and famous runs of both the Firehole River and the Madison River.
    GREEN LEGGED BUGGER
    .. There is a giant swarm of fishers in the reaches of the Gibbon River just below the falls. It seems that the runners have done a quick scoot into the spawning beds of this neglected stream. Look out fish.
    .. Fishers are cautioned about parking on the road or partially off of it. Both traffic tickets and tour bus disasters are waiting for the careless anglers.
    .. Yes indeed, many a submarine is to be found in clear view along the Gibbon River. Some fish are already on the redds and some others are darting along searching for receptive females, (hens to the effete of the visitors.)
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    .. It's late and we've lingered over the black swill too long. Breakfast is ready and needs more attention than we can give it. The neighbors will soon be here and willing to challenge the birds for the early worm fly.
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     WALLPAPER:  BREAKFAST BURRITO PREPPED AND SERVED

    Sunday, October 15, 2017

    Found A Rock

    ON THE FIREHOLE
    In The Snow
    started a smile
    WALLPAPER:   KINDNESS ROCK
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    .. So, we abandoned the 'Runner Rush' along the Madison River. We did toddle up to the Firehole River and caught a few fish. The snow came with a rush - not heavy but, with more than a little wind.
    http://em-poweryourself.com/the-kindness-rocks-project/
    .. On the way back to our trusty steed we saw a glint of color on a concrete bumper in the parking area. With less grace than is seemly we stooped down and retrieved a well worn oblong river cobble.
    .. It was decorated: crude, bright, whimsical, and inviting. We wondered about the thing. How cometh it here? Why? Surprised and happy we put it in a pocket and drove to the house.
    .. A quick dash to the interwebs provided answers and some semblance of understanding. Even Martha Stewart knows about these whimsical decorations, (LINK - MS.)
    .. The Project was started by Megan Murphy (LINK - MM,) and is growing exponentially across the continent - and, internationally as well.
    .. Should you be inclined to join up here's the link: (LINK - KR.) Of course fly fisher folk have better things to do than spread kindness. Kids, adolescents, young adults, and mothers - on the other hand . . . . .
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    .. The water of the two heavily fished rivers on our side of the park have responded nicely to our recent cooling trend. Fish are exuberant and so are fishers.
    THE GREEN WONDER
    .. Catching of runners in the badly thrashed places of the Madison River continues with moderate success. Success enough in fact to keep the doors of the feather merchants open. Bugs continue to surprise fishers on the Firehole River and hatch matching is practiced with some futility in the robust winds of the seasonal change. Streamers and soft hackles on both rivers are doing the heavy lifting and, happily so.
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    .. Today promises to be unseasonably warm: perhaps 50° F. We'll test the fates and return to the estuary runs of the Madison River for some dances. The fish are thicker there, (both ways.)
    .. After some chow and a nap.
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    WALLPAPER:  SALSICCIA SUBS