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  • Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Quickly Now

    NOT TOO COOL
    A Little Damp Approaches
    respite and extension
    WALLPAPER:  GALLATIN RIVER RIFFLE
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    .. The last few days of very warm weather seems to have prolonged our high runoff waters. Despite the high water, river temperatures have continued to escalate to their seasonal norms.
    LOOK FAMILIAR ?
    .. The color varies by river and is slowly, (finally,) becoming recognizable as what water should look like - should you choose to fish it.
    .. We may get a few more days out of the Firehole River with the forecast for upcoming cool and damp weather over the next week.
    .. Just keep in mind the fish are already hammered and in a condition of stress. Temperatures on the Firehole River have been spiking to the mid 70's [LINK-FR.]
    THESE WILL FLOAT !!
    .. The color is good and despite the high water both the bugs and the fish have been doing the "Riverside Rag." Get off the river by noon and move on.
    .. The Madison River, has shaped up nicely in the last week. It's still running above seasonal discharge rates but is beautifully clear and cool. Recent temperature spikes have just now topped the 70°F mark. Take a long lunch and you should have a full day of good catching, [LINK-MR.]
    GALLATIN GREEN UP AND SLOWING FLOW
    ..  With an exclamation of final satisfaction we can report that the gooey colors of the Gallatin River seen last week have receded.
    .. Last Wednesday marked the turning point as the gauge height at Gallatin Gateway dropped to sensible levels for the season.
    GREEN IS GOOD
    .. Temperatures are near perfect for catching and the neighbors have grudgingly joined the visiting elbows for the fine catching opportunities on the river, [LINK-GR.]
    ..  The overcast and intermittent drizzle over the next few days should bring back the hatch of the Baetid bunch and provide good times for the float 'em folks.
    .. Just like a broken record we will suggest that fish can be taken on all three rivers with your favorite soft or stiff hackle fly. 
    NEIGHBORS FAVORITE RIGHT NOW
    .. Use the smaller ones on top and the bigger ones underneath. OR, start with a floating big one and when it starts to sink - let it go. There are dance partners for either presentation.
    .. Right now the shaded water and dark deep protected hides are where the fish are.
    .. There are noses in the air all day long if you should choose to pause and watch the water before splashing your way to the "perfect spot."
    MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE
    .. Whether it's just whim or real insight; the neighbors are using very sparsely tied flies for their excursions. You can pluck yours if they seem too bushy.
    ..  We would be remiss if we failed to mention the beginnings of the availability of terrestrial food sources. Beetles have led the charge this year and the ants are close behind.
    .. White Miller sorts are also available and beginning to thicken up around noon - or thereabouts.

    WE LOVE A CHALLENGE
    .. In a fit of masochism we've been fishing a few fan wing flies.
    .. They are cute. Sometimes they float correctly. They even take a fish or two.
    .. The most rewarding bit though is, the wonderful fluttering noise that they make just before they impale themselves in your ear. We do have mental issues.
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    .. The gray is here already and the drips from the trusty steed are making a line in the sand. Breakfast is early and there are lights on in the neighbor's kitchen. Must be time.
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    WALLPAPER:  PIZZA PIECES
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    P.S.
    -- Try Hebgen Reservoir in the still of the morning.
    THE GOOGLE EYES HAVE IT