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  • Wednesday, September 06, 2017

    River Watch

    FLOW STILL UP
    Temps Coming Down
    faithful anxious
    WALLPAPER:  COOL RAIN RETURNS
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    .. The faithful are gathering early this year in the hopes that the late season on the Firehole River will reward them with a few extra days of catching.
    .. In the most general sense all the west side rivers have shown some sporadic but excellent catching opportunities.
    UPPER FIREHOLE RIVER COOLING
    .. On the Firehole River, above Old Faithful the water is in great shape and the Brook Trout are beginning to show some interesting, (not flamboyant yet,) colors.
    .. They are, however, voracious and highly entertaining. Throw the whole box at them - they love it.
    LOWER FIREHOLE RIVER COOLING
    .. We've had a couple of quick and dirty cloudbursts during this warm weather and the fish have enjoyed them more than the fishers. By this time next week we should be in a genuine Fall weather pattern and real rain should grace the neighborhood.
    .. Until then, there are still ants, beetles and hoppers present along with widely dispersed sparse hatches of small winged bugs. Right now is the best time to use large and dark soft hackles on the Firehole River.
    .. There are rumors, (persistent  but unverified,) that the fish are moving into the tributaries feeding Hebgen Reservoir. Whatever the truth of the matter; it's not a FALL RUN yet!
    .. Gulpers continue to be the target in all the usual places and there is some pretty good shoreside action on these recent still mornings. Verified reports of exceptional catching come from the neighbors who are fishing streamers in the estuary of the South Fork of the Madison River. The same is true of folks thrashing the Madison River near Baker's Hole. No decent cell phone pictures from the congregation at the Barns Holes.
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    .. Right after the next glass of orange juice we're headed up to the Gallatin River. The sun is burning through the smoke and we know where there are a couple of ant colonies. They are very near where both caddis and spruce moths dwell. Maybe a full day wasted - not too bad for this time of year.
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    WALLPAPER:  WAFFLE AND RHUBARB COULIS