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  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    Here It Comes

    ZINKE & UTAH
    Graze It Off
    drill it deep
    FROM SANTA BARBARA THROUGH UTAH TO WASHINGTON D.C.
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    .. The good folks of Montana do their best to believe what people say.
    .. Folks around here say one thing and then do it. It makes life simple and honest.
    .. They once believed the cowboyan from Santa Barbara, California when he said he was from Montana: very far from indeed!
    HOW SWEET IT IS
    .. He was, in fact, born here and he left the state as soon as he could. {LINK-1.}
    .. He got elected by saying he had our values. That's what he said. Honest folks believed him.
    .. Some folks still believe him - now that he's in Washington and patting the right fanny's. He travels around spouting "the good stuff."
    .. We warned you that his buddies from Utah and those other exploitative interests had glommed onto this simple Californian. We have suggested that Bears Ears National Monument was in danger, {LINK -2.}
    F*** THE 5 TRIBES
    .. It has, indeed, come to pass {LINK-3,} and the folks in Utah are pleased as punch (-ing cattle.)
    .. Trump has tasked his minion with reevaluating National Monuments.
    .. This is the purported way to let the local populations control development, grazing, drilling, and other depredations.
    .. These reevaluations will seek to reduce the size of the monuments or eliminate them completely. It's what Zinke has been saying for years.
    .. There will be reevaluations in Montana too. Sort of like the Upper Missouri Breaks National Monument.
    .. Fly fishers, usually being of the tunnel-vision, one-issue-mentality sort, continue to applaud Zinke for his glowing words that allow him to pretend he's an environmentalist.
    .. What has he done? So sad. Have those fishers ever been to the Missouri Breaks?
    .. President Trump has just signed yet another executive order, (about as many as his tweetings.) Now Ryan Zinke will get to do his master's bidding's.
    .. The legal and constitutional quagmire of trying to change the boundaries of National Monuments will now come to the fore.
    .. Patagonia has soundly denounced the action, {LINK-4, LINK-5.} In fact they have even threatened a lawsuit over this executive order, {LINK-6.}
    .. Remember the Bears Ears interactive video produced by Patagonia? Check It Out {LINK-7.}
    ZINKE AND TRUMP IN THE BIG TIME
    .. This is interesting beyond just the United States of America. The BBC has picked up on it and is running a Patagonia video, {LINK-8, LINK-9.}
    .. Given that the folks in Montana have voted for both Zinke and Trump we can only opine that they shall probably get the results that they want and deserve.
    .. We're not too happy. We probably gave the honest folks around here more credit than they deserved. Or, perhaps we're out of step.
    .. The economic stimulus and job creation for lawyers is great boon gifted upon the barristers by this administration.
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    .. We just received another two inches of rapidly melting snow.
    .. Hebgen Reservoir is filling at a good clip and soon discharge will increase to provide storage capacity.
    BLACK WOOL NYMPH
    .. Time to get your fish on!
    .. We caught a nice little fish at the confluence of Notellum Creek and the much larger Hidden Fork of the Great Blue. Feisty little devil. Probably not larger than 16".
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    WALLPAPER:  BISCUITS, GRAVY, POTATO PANCAKE

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    Parksters Arrive

    FISH TALK
    Projects Updated
    slickest roadshow yet
    THE TALE OF THE PLATE
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    TOPICS COVERED



    .. In beautiful West Yellowstone the NPS roadshow detailed current and future projects in the Native Fish Preservation Program.
    .. Updates and progress reports for both streams and Yellowstone Lake were presented.
    CUTTHROAT & GRAYLING
    .. The team also detailed the efforts to bring regulations in line with preservation goals. This included the continually expanding program to prevent aquatic invasive species.
    ..  Details about ongoing actions on the west side of Yellowstone National Park for the preservation of Westslope Cutthroat and the reintroduction of a favored non native  species the Artic Grayling.
    UPPER GIBBON PROGRESS
    .. It seems that there is an effort to remove the Adfluvial Grayling and introduce Lacustrean Grayling in the upper Gibbon River drainage. This includes the relocating of fish from Grebe Lake  and then replanting the lake with a different non native Grayling species..
    ROTENONE APPLICATION
    .. Rotenone, (a crystalline isoflavone used as a broad-spectrum insecticide, piscicide, and pesticide,) will continue to be used for removal of the unwanted species from both rivers and lakes.
    .. Details about the Grayling projects on Grayling Creek and Specimen Creek were presented and showed a series of age classes in Specimen Creek that suggest an in situ breeding population.
    GRAYLING EGGS
    .. It's too early to make the same claim for Grayling Creek. However the population in Grayling Creek appears healthy and is getting larger as anticipated.
    .. Success is anticipated for these projects for propagating non native species in protected streams in remote and less popular fishing locations in Yellowstone National Park.
    COMPLETED vs.  FUTURE RESTORATIONS
    .. The progress for both lakes and streams for current and future project elements were summarized in tabular form. Currently there are 45.8 stream miles that have been completed. There are 49 lake acres in the same catagory.
    .. These totals will be expanded with future project elements to an anticipated 92.3 stream miles and 281 lake acres.
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    SOFTY
    .. The 10" of snow that we received over the last 24 hours is about all melted from the warm forty degree temperatures that came with it. Runoff should increase somewhat with the rapid melt. Water color should be interesting as well.
    STIFFY
    .. The fishing on both lakes and between them is attracting both neighbors and folks from foreign lands. Spawing trout are abundant between the lakes and care should be taken to avoid the very visible redds in this section.
    .. Better yet = leave them alone. It is a sort of private matter after all.
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    VERY ATTENTIVE FISHER FOLKS

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Flow Gently Sweet Madison (sorry Mr. Burns)

    TOPSY TURVY COLORS
    Mixed Weather Bag
    sorta near normal

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    .. 'Twas gray yesterday - 'tis bright today. Must be Spring in Yellowstone National Park.
    .. With snow and rain and fog and graupel surrounding visitors from the west entrance to Old Faithful the park greeted us with a typically soft day.
    .. The precipitations were not a hindrance because the ground level temperatures were in the 40's.
    .. The Madison River is bank full and discharge is just slightly above seasonal norm, (575 vs 541 cfs.)
    MADISON RIVER COLORS
    .. It is surprisingly clear with in-water visibility of six feet or more.
    .. Foam lines are persistent and clear and noses are in the air.
    .. Water temperature is hanging around 50°F with small incursions above and below during the day and night.
    .. There is a lot of fishy surface activity with splashing and jumping. Could not see any bugs so it must be seasonal exuberance on the part of the fish.
    FIREHOLE RIVER COLORS
    .. Most interestingly, the Firehole River is milky and the color is reminiscent of the hues dripping from a freshly rinsed dirty diaper.
    .. Discharge is at or below seasonal norms, (≈ 300 cfs,) and temperatures have already spiked to 66°F.
    .. There are some noses in the air and bugs of the eensy variety were flitting at the far edge of our identification range.
    MADISON RIVER
    .. Our warm up has been gradual and the mid level snows have had time to percolate into the recently thawed ground.
    ..  Amongst the major river basins around this corner of the states we have about the lowest of the good in both depth and snow water content.
    .. It's better than the last few years and the slow warm up is encouraging for early season fishing.
    FIREHOLE RIVER
    .. As quick as the Firehole River is heating up we hope that there is not an early closure and that we can grab some catching time for more than just a few weeks.
    .. Nothing peculiar seems to be in the offing for the near and long term weather forecast.
    EXPERIMENTAL
    .. We are of good cheer and busy cleaning the fly lines and tinkering with the gear.
    .. The neighbors have been exceedingly generous with their experimental winter collection of flies: there will be lots of good excuses.
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    .. Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is free today. We'll pass. The garden needs some spading and we need to get the weeds away from the dandelions.
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    WALLPAPER:  BISCUIT BASIN, OPENING DAY


    Friday, April 21, 2017

    Open Today

    SOME PLOWING DONE
    West Entrance Open
    bears, bison abound
    WALLPAPER:  SPRING ROAD HAZARDS
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    .. It's "EARTH DAY" and the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park is open for business.
    WALLPAPER:  YELLOWSTONE, WEST ENTRANCE
    .. The National Park Service has released it's  schedule for Spring openings of roads and facilities.
    .. The schedule is tentative for interior roads and the area just outside the park and into the wilds beyond Cooke City.
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    The major road opening dates are:
    April 21: Mammoth to Old Faithful; Madison to West Entrance; Norris to Canyon.
    May 5: Canyon Junction to Lake; Lake to East Entrance (Sylvan Pass).
    May 12: Lake to West Thumb, West Thumb to Old Faithful (Craig Pass), and South Entrance to West Thumb; Tower Junction to Tower Fall.
    May 26: Tower Fall to Canyon Junction (Dunraven Pass)
    May 26: Beartooth Highway.
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    .. For basic information about lodging, road conditions, fishing, camping, facilities, etc. visit the Yellowstone National Park website. Click around the pages and watch the park unfold.
    .. Interior roads and northeast roads will open as close to schedule as possible - depending on snow removal.
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    .. We'll be back with our annual opening day report on the west side rivers and other tidbits - film at eleven, (or so.)
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    WALLPAPER:  HOT ROAST BEEF SANDWICH

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Y'all Come

    HEAR ALL ABOUT IT
    Meetings For You
    you've been warned
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    .. Meetings on FISH being held by Yellowstone National Park.
    .. From the Bozeman Chronicle:
    There will be four meetings in towns across the region, and park staff will talk about efforts to restore native fish, threats posed by aquatic invasive species, and the park’s fishing regulations. There will be a presentation about plans to create a native fish refuge on the Upper Gibbon River.
    The meetings are scheduled as follows (all will begin at 6:30 p.m.): 
    • April 24, Bozeman, Hilton Garden Inn, 2023 Commerce Way. 
    • April 25, West Yellowstone, Holiday Inn, 315 Yellowstone Ave. 
    • April 26, Jackson, Wyoming, Wort Hotel, 50 N. Glenwood St.
    • April 27, Cody, Wyoming, Best Western Premier Ivy Inn, 1800 Eighth St.
    Fishing season in the park opens May 27.
    .. Now you know: thanks Jim.
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    WALLPAPER:  Chorizo_y_Papas_con_Refritos

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    WALMART GOOF - - EGAD!

    WHAT Th . . .?
     Hope You Got Yours
    just plain rude

     ABC FOX Montana Local News, Weather, Sports KTMF | KWYB
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    .. It's not funny. What is going on at Wally World?

    RESOURCES
    >> Bozeman Daily Cronicle,
    >> USA Today,
    >> FOX Montana.
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    Stewart's Black Spider #1
    .. Better check your I.D. and the Montana data base. Who knows what you may be! Spider Wrangler? could be worse.
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    WALLPAPER:  RIGATONI & MEATBALLS



    Sunday, April 16, 2017

    Fish Tomorrow

    RAIN, SNOW, OVERCAST
    Just A Bit Cooler
    good for the soul
    WALLPAPER:  AN EASTER BASKET
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    .. Kick back today. Celebrate Easter or, rush your equinoctial revels by four days. Gird thy loins for tomorrow.
    ONLY A MOTHER COULD LOVE
    .. There will be BWO's on the Gallatin River.
    .. Way down low there will be Mother's Day caddis.
    .. There will be stoneflies of all sorts in active nymph stages in most of our rivers.
    .. Enjoy the soft and warmth of this day. Tomorrow will be better. The neighbors always say: "We get Spring by the day and Summer by the week."
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    WALLPAPER:  BROWN LINE PLANNING

    Saturday, April 15, 2017

    Swing Low

    DOWN THE CANYON
    Below The Snow Line
    quick and milky water
    WALLPAPER:  A GALLATIN RIVER SEAM
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    .. At our age there are some mornings that arrive in the dead of night.
    .. Call it a blessing and take advantage of it. So in the light flurries of the not quite morning we had some coffee and a frozen waffle. Then down the road toward some morning fishing. Travel would take a couple of hours. That's a very long drive for us.
    YOU KNOW WHERE
    .. By the time we had slithered through the early morning bustle of Bozeman/Belgrade we were ready for another cuppa and real food.
    .. We met the others at the wayside diner and had a proper breakfast and then hustled to a not so secret lake/pond behind a barbed wire fence.
    .. The air was cold enough for a bit of water fog. Good for us. In we splashed and mucked our way to the weed line and fished a spell. Caught some we did.
    .. After half a day of rat killing in the grand metropolises we chugged our way back up the Gallatin River to West Yellowstone.
    .. There were fisher folk on the river. We looked closely and were a bit surprised at the condition of the water.
    .. Although the river is still a smidgen high for this time of year, (about 300cfs above mean norm,) it is surprisingly clear. It's more milky than tea stained, (in favorite angler parlance.)
    A BIT HIGH AND MILKY
    .. We'd missed the water in the dark trip down canyon. We took our time and tested some spots going back up.
    .. There are fish to be had. The clouds covered the sky and there were little bugs on the surface.
    .. It's not that we don't float a fly now and again but, it's just not part of our epitome.
    BWO - ??
    .. We did it anyway. Might have been BWO's of the sort that drive fly floaters wild.
    .. We stuck one on above our stonefly nymph and took several both ways. What a wonderful Springtime surprise.
    .. All the way up the canyon the same conditions obtained. Some bugs on the top and some bugs, (apparently,) down below.
    .. Surprise of surprises hit us in the eyeball as we paused to look at Taylor Fork. More buttermilk than chocolate milk was plashing along the cobbles and into the Gallatin River.
    BLACK IS GOOD - GOLD TOO
    .. The typical silt plume that we expected was hardly visible and water clarity surprised us.
    .. We wet a line. Nothing on top this time. Took a spunky young'un at the mouth of the fork and then a couple 10 inch fish in the river.
    .. Snowflake Springs are running at a good clip but there is no colored discharge into the Gallatin River.
    THE RUN AT SNOWFLAKE SPRINGS
    .. We spent some time along the nice riffled run and found a parked fish or two.
    .. Caught a rock or three. As quick as the river is it's not as deep as we anticipated.
    WORKS GOOD
    .. The dark and light water is an interesting contrast as well as a gradual melding of tones and shades.
    .. Milky water is not a phenomenon that we often encounter. Didn't have to get in the water. Didn't have to take the fish out of the water. Won't have to spend $8.00 to vacuum the floor of the car.
    .. Out of the canyon and into Yellowstone National Park the snow is about gone from the meadows.
    .. The willow buds are about to burst and the grass is showing signs of becoming more green than just yellow. Could be Spring in the high country
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    .. Right now it's a more reasonable hour of the morning than yesterday. We have recuperated from the civilized hustle of the lowland busyness.
    .. We're going to have a sensible breakfast prepared by a local biscuit virtuoso. We will smother a couple with some sausage gravy. Hash brown potatoes on the side? Sure: why not?
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    WALLPAPER:  SPRING WILLOWS AND BLACK BUTTE