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  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018

    End Of An Era

    DESTINATION WEST
    Fly Fishing Enclave
    full service merchants
    FOR THE NABOB FLY FISHER
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    .. Try to imagine these delights: across the street from the lawns of the fancy RV park - a place where mobile condominiums are welcomed, next to the bank, across the street from the hardware emporium, a feather merchant just outside the front door of your sumptuous cabin, guides driving up at your beck and call, no hoi polloi shopping on your block, ample parking, a horseshoe driveway,  green grass, maid service and,  food delivery just minutes away.
    THE WAY TO DO IT
    .. For some this is The Yellowstone Experience.
    .. You can park your million dollar Prevost motor coach just across the street. You can park your new BMW X6 or Mercedes-Benz G-Class, between the fly shop and your front door.
    .. You can even rub elbows with some of the most knowledgeable 13-year-old counter help.
    .. Construction is in a hurry up mode to provide you with all this convenience by next Spring Summer.
    .. One fabled feather merchant location is about to bite the dust. This spa will take it's place. The era of nabob fishing is about to begin in West Yellowstone. Watch this space we'll keep you informed.
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    BEAD HEAD FOOL
    .. Got a dusting of white stuff overnight. May get a couple of inches on Friday. We will need more during the upcoming days of 30's and 40's.
    .. Maybe the midges will come out - if the clouds go away.
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    WALLPAPER:  NOT KEY LIME PIE  
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    Monday, December 10, 2018

    Join The Party

    WE'RE WATCHING
    Atmosphere Lagging
    not so snowy
    Typical El Niño Pattern - courtesy NOAA
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    .. The dance performed by our aqua sphere and atmosphere has gotten the weather guys stuttering.
    .. The water in the eastern Pacific Ocean is warm enough to satisfy the criterion for El Niño but the atmosphere is a bit reluctant to join the party.
    A Winter Mix Of Rain And Snow
    .. The ocean water was quick to the party and was ready as early as last October. The air however, has been slow to participate because of a recalcitrant mother. It looks like mom is about to relent and allow the sweet air daughter to dance.
    .. We anticipate an "official" El Niño declaration in the next few days. 
    .. Up here we have noticed that the Spring snowfall is lagging behind normal a wee bit. We would hope that we do not get too warm or rains can come at any time.
    Prediction = A Beery Winter
    .. The high country has an extensive but shallow base of the white stuff. Around here there is still enough snow on the ground for sledheads to have a safe journey on the trails. Wandering off trail in a snowmobile right now could be hazardous to your health. Snags and, sage and, roots and, fencing and, divots are not sufficiently covered yet.
    .. It's tough to predict the effects of any El Niño at this point in the weather cycle. Retrodiction is always much easier. We're hoping for enough snow to provide good runoff and consistent stream flow for next year. We'll keep you informed.
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    .. The neighbor kids have migrated from the estuaries to the water Between The Lakes.
    BIOTS APLENTY
    .. Reports of early submarine arrival have trickled into the pubs and dusty aisles of the feather merchants.
    .. No redds have yet been spotted in the spawning water and fish are boisterous and seeking their own dance partners.
    .. There are even reports of late caddis and mayfly sightings. No cell phone photos though!
    .. Stick with  subsurface or film patterns and start tying 'winter rejects' - they seem to work best. Join the party and dance.
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    WALLPAPER:  CRACKED PEPPER BUTTER GRAVY

    Friday, December 07, 2018

    In 1941

    BOMBS AWAY
    Pearl Harbor Strike
    impetus for war
    WAKE UP CALL
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    .. So it came to pass that the Imperial Japanese Navy did surprise the naval base at Pearl Harbor and the air fields surrounding the town of Honolulu, Hawaii. It happened on this calendar day in 1941.
    BATTLESHIP ROW - 12/07/41
    .. We pass over this day if we have no connection to that time.
    .. If we lost no friends or relatives - it is gone. If we forget what national imperialism is all about - it is gone.
    .. If we fail to remember that nationalism carried to extreme lengths precipitates a cloistered mentality - it is gone.
    .. The young forget and see few lessons to be learned. The ignorant fail to apply historical perspective to our nation at this moment in time.
    .. Cogitation requires remembrance of historic social modalities and the perception of society in the moment. As a culture we have for many generations failed in the understanding of the global impact our actions as a nation.
    USS VIRGINIA - 12/07/41
    .. We are oblivious to the interconnections of world values, economies, religions, philosophies, alliances, climates, etc.
    .. As the fattest nation on earth we are also the dumbest and most complacent in history.
    .. With rising stars on all fronts it behooves us to think of our progeny.
    .. Oceans do not protect us - as they did at one time. A global awareness is the only salvation of any culture, empire, national system, etc. Sad to say.
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    .. Still too cold for us to venture far from the front porch. The kids down the block are running the only sleds in town and are buzzing to the last bits of legal open water in the estuaries of the tributaries to Hebgen Reservoir.
    THE MINI MUDDLER MINNOW
    .. Yes indeed Grendel, fish eat in the winter. They eat in cold water. They love the edges of the ice and seek the warmer bits of water that is slow enough to be warmed by the sun.
    .. We're going to take a nap and dream of fish instead of the press of history.
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    WALLPAPER:  CRACKED PEPPER BUTTER GRAVY
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     PICK YOUR POISON






    Wednesday, December 05, 2018

    Bingo, Bango, Bongo

    HIT THE MARK
    We're On The Board
    back in the groove
    IN THE CELLAR
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    .. Crash dive into Winter. Only about 6" snow on the ground. Looks like a 'plumbers winter.'
    .. That's when there so little snow that the frost and freeze depth accelerates down to the plumbing. We'll see.
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    .. No fishing for us but the ice fishing fraternity is stoked.
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    WALLPAPER:   COFFEE AND DANISH

    Sunday, December 02, 2018

    A Twentith Lustrum

    ANOTHER SORT
    Biots Aplenty
    a cutsey bug
    THE BIOT BUG
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    .. Probably no more effective than a simple pattern: - then again, who can say?
    BEADHEAD SHOP VAC
    .. One of our neighbors spun this little darlin' in honor of our approaching Twentieth. A dozen even have some short leaders tied on. It has no name: prickly bug or beadhead biot come to mind.
    .. The kids down the block are getting ready to roar off into the snow. They have a few of these dinkers.
    .. Their sojourn promises to be shrouded in that bright silver gray of a mild winter's day. It may bust above freezing.
    ..The flasks have been filled as have the thermoses. Jerky has been stashed along with some smashed white bread and Bologna in recycled tortilla bags.
    .. They go where these old legs can't!
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    WALLPAPER:    BISCUITS AND BUTTER GRAVY

    Saturday, December 01, 2018

    Successful Variation

    BRIGHT COLORS
    Familiar Recipe
    use it now
    WALLPAPER:   BLUE NOSE MUDDLER
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    .. There are still a few streams with active fish. A few streams have substantial Brook Trout populations. These are smalish streams and are off the beaten path and out of the indices of the guide book.
    .. This variation on a Muddler Minnow pattern makes use of the bright color palate of Fall run Brook Trout. It's either food or foe. Which ever it is the strikes are frequent and ferocious.
    .. Before the ice comes and, while the weather is still on the gentle side there are feisty fish to be had. Snow shoes, skis, or snow machines are required - depending on the water. Take a light pack rod and a half dozen flies - include midges and have at it.
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    WALLPAPER: FOR THE FLATS: 45-70

    Friday, November 30, 2018

    CWD Is Here

    HOW'S YOUR DEER ?
    Increase In Incidence
    can you eat it ?
    Courtesy   The Missoulian
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    .. As the booming and banging season comes to an end it looks like Chronic Wasting Disease is on the rise in deer populations.
    .. Read about it HERE. We expect monitoring next season as it spreads out of Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
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    WALLPAPER:  A PAIR TO DRAW TO

    Monday, November 26, 2018

    Mars - Success

    PICTURE ONE

    PICTURE TWO

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    .. We have insight.

    Thursday, November 22, 2018

    Wednesday, November 21, 2018

    Damn Radical Environmentalists

    "I will lay this [[fire]] on the foot of the environmental radicals that have prevented us from managing the forests for years, and you know what, this is on them." . . .(LINK)
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    .. It must be true because God is punishing the liberals in California.  Don't believe it? READ THIS.
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    Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    The Other Season

    LESS CATCHING
    More Fly Tying
    how many gross ?
    WALLPAPER:    REMEMBERING  TWISTY
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    .. There comes a time in the historic saga of each fly fisher when sensibility departs and capricious whimsy invades the neurons between the ears.
    From:  R&R FLY FISHING
    .. The thought arises: "Why not a specific fly for every specific fishing situation?" What an amazing thought this is. It falls in line with other personality traits of the dedicated fisher: creative stories, denial of skill, elevation of luck, acceptance of expert advice, denial of personal experience, embrace of merchandising hype, etc.
    .. This leads to a few interesting results: more fly boxes, more books, more lessons, more patterns, more supplies, etc.
    photo by:  HOLLY GRAHAM
    .. Happily, this leads to more sales in the dusty aisles of feather merchants and, expanded creativity of both amateur and professional fly tiers. This engenders foraging trips to hobby stores for new and unique materials and the expanded array of 'must have' materials and techniques.
    .. It's a small wonder that folks a century ago even caught any fish. Poor sods they; without the advantages of plastic, super glue, and U.V. techniques. We weep for them!
    DOWN WING FEATHER CADDIS
    .. We keep our self busy helping this affliction and spin up a few gross of the flies during the cool weather season up here.
    .. Right now there are some "new," "exciting," "innovative," "hot," "awesome," "really sick," patterns that need to be cranked out.
    .. We're hard at it. Of course our enthusiasm will dwindle shortly but, for now it's gung-ho forward into the depths of the new wave of obsession from our neighbors and affluent visitors.
    ORANGE HACKLE FUZZY ADAMS
    .. The requests call for a half dozen gross of the little bits of fluff. Far less than a 'real' fly tier will accomplish in five or so months.
    .. We will slog along, (on and off,) as the inclination strikes. It's a simple way to pass the time and ignore chores that need to be done.
    FUZZY WORM
    .. We praise the creativity of commercial merchandisers in the fly fishing business.
    .. For the last two centuries they have been rebranding old stuff and selling it as new stuff.
    .. "All that is old is new again:" to coin a phrase. Techniques, materials, equipment, language, phraseology, clothing, etc.; are all recycled in glossy catalogs, commercial blogs, and sycophants of the printed page.
    .. Bless them all. It provides a bit of harmless diversion for most of us. Certainly for those with no historic perspective it provides great ego satisfaction.
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    .. Well, the estuaries are beginning to slow down. Snow melt is rapidly dwindling and ice is to be spotted here and there.
    THEY EVEN CAME SNELLED !!
    .. This is the season of "THE NEIGHBORHOOD."
    .. Hebgen Reservoir is open year 'round for catching. Most of the contributory streams are closed to fishing.
    .. Interestingly, stream flow continues well into the lake water.
    .. There are large fish of the tout persuasion in the lake, (and from the streams,) that enjoy the edge of the flowing water as it enters the reservoir. A snowmobile is required in some locations.
    MIDNIGHT SOFTY
    .. 'Jeep Trails' have not yet been closed. You won't hear about it - BUT - spectacular catching is currently underway in the reservoir. Just be sure not to wet your line in the rivers and streams!
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    WALLPAPER:  COFFEE AND DANISH