• PARTNER: PROTECT YOUR WATERS
  • Go To: THE FLIES OF YELLOWSTONE
  • Go To: YELLOWSTONE FISHING WEATHER
  • Go To: YELLOWSTONE FLY FISHING MAPS
  • Visit: Moldy Chum
  • Visit: The Horse's Mouth
  • Visit: Chi Wulff
  • Visit: Parks' Fly Shop
  • Visit: Montana Cowgirl
  • Friday, September 20, 2019

    N.P.P.D.

    ONCE EACH YEAR
    Pig Out Time
    eat some pepperoni
    A FEW OLIVES ARE FINE
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    .. Almost the harbinger of Fall is NATIONAL PEPPERONI PIZZA DAY.
    LOTSA CHEESE
    .. It's here. Today is the day! Discard all thoughts of heart healthy diets. Send caution to the wind. Smile and indulge your inner glutton.
    .. It's pizza time: breakfast, lunch and, dinner.
    .. It's been said that you only live once. If so, make it a gorger for a change.
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    SMOTHER THE CRUST

    Friday, September 06, 2019

    Keep 'Em Wet

    SQUEEZE IT
    Hero Shots
    perfect examples
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    .. How to fonz your fish!
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    WALLPAPER:  ROTISSERIE ROASTED PORK LOIN


    Sunday, September 01, 2019

    Upper Gibbon Closure

    FISHY WORK
    Killing Non Natives
    sept. 2-13, 2019

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    .. News release [LINK]
    .. E.A. Plan [LINK]
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    WALLPAPER: BONELESS PORK LOIN ON ROTISSERIE

    Friday, August 30, 2019

    The Other News

    LABOR DAY NEWS
    Expand Logging
    salmon love tongass
    MORE LOGGING, MINING, DRILLING ??
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    .. Since last July a bit of news seems to be flying under the radar. It's a simple story. USDA has been ordered to expand logging and open the Tongass National Forest to mining and, drilling for oil and gas.
    .. Earth Justice has continued to champion the "Roadless Solution" eliminated by the ninth circuit court in the Bush administration. The roadless solution keeps logging out of areas with no roads.
    .. Now, expansion of roads and more logging are proposed by the current administration in order to increase the logging of old growth forest.
    .. There should be no need to point out the damage to streams that is done by road erosion. There should be no need to point out the effects of removing carbon sponges from the world's largest temperate rain forest (it's in Alaska folks.) We know these things.
    .. We did not know that:
    "From 2008 through 2013, the Forest Service spent $139.1 million for timber sales in the Tongass that brought returns of only $8.6 million. In short, taxpayers are losing 93 cents for every dollar spent selling ancient Tongass trees." {{LINK}}
    .. It is estimated that 40% of he wild salmon left in Alaska use the headwaters of streams in the Tongass National Forest. These are streams in roadless areas in the forest. There are about twenty wilderness areas in the Tongass National Forest.
    .. The current administration is actively working to exempt all of the forest from protections currently in place. We thank MOLDY CHUM for pointing out this other news[LINK.]
    RESOURCES
    Earth Justice - 1
    Earth Justice - 2 
    127 Lawsuits for environmental salvation
    USDA Description
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    .. So, this Labor Day weekend promises to be the warmest in recent memory. Temperatures in the mid to upper 80's are going to bring additional hoards of visitors to Yellowstone National Park.
    THE FUZZY JOHN
    .. Fish will be in the dark and shady waters of our west side streams.
    .. We suggest that you avoid the park for fishing and catching: have a picnic, hike a little, visit geysers, eat ice cream.
    .. Should you choose to indulge in the practice of torturing trout in a heat wave please keep them wet LIKE THIS, and THIS.
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    WALLPAPER:  HAVE SOME ICE CREAM

    Wednesday, August 28, 2019

    Another Heat Wave

    HEADED TO HIGH 80's
    Not Seasonal
    enjoy it now
    HAPPY FISHER FOLK
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    .. Find the shade and cover up. There is less protective atmosphere up here and, we are closer to the sun.
    .. Morning on the Madison River is surprisingly rewarding. Catching gone nuts above 7-mile bridge.
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    WALLPAPER:  BONE IN RIB STEAK

    Sunday, August 25, 2019

    我們要離開中國

    被選中的人下令
    我們道歉
    讀者會受苦
    习近平
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    漫谈飞钓及常见的七个误区
    “Fly fishing”,国内大部分翻译成为“飞蝇钓”。其实这个翻译不是很妥当,仅是一种字面的意思。当你第一眼看到Fly fishing的时候,首先被吸引的就是它那种“飞扬”的神韵,一种挥舞中运动的美,一种天、人、水、鱼合一的境界。感觉翻译成“飞钓”,想象空间更大,似乎更贴切。
    飞钓广泛流行于欧美的溪流钓法,以钓取凶猛掠食性鱼类为主。飞钓的装备和技术,和我们通常的钓鱼方法,差别还是满大的。其抛投入门技术相对其他钓鱼方法来说,难度也较为高。飞钓在北美和欧洲,是很流行的一种钓鱼方法,但国内似乎就很少,关于飞钓的介绍也很少见。我涉足飞钓有一段时间了,渐渐地迷上了这种钓法。现简单介绍一下这种钓法,包括概述、装备介绍、飞投技术介绍、Fly拟饵制作四部分,希望对大家了解这种钓法有所帮助。因水平钓技所限,错误在所难免,欢迎本网大虾指正。
    飞钓就是使用特殊的飞钓线(Fly line)、飞钓杆(Fly rod)和人工拟饵(fly),利用独特的挥舞技术和线本身的重量,将线和饵打出去,然后慢慢回收线,利用不同手法和水流状况表现拟饵的活动,吸引鱼儿攻击上钩的一种钓鱼方法。
    下面对一些常见的对飞钓的理解做些解释,特别是澄清一些常见的误区,可以使大家对飞钓有一个初步的了解。
    一:飞钓方法仅仅适合于在溪流中钓鱼
    这种理解是错误的,飞钓其实适合于绝大部分钓鱼的场合,例如大海中钓鱼,静水湖泊钓鱼,沼泽池塘等等,涵盖几乎所有的场合,唯一的是飞钓的抛投距离一般小于30米,因此有些用大海杆远抛的情况下,飞钓可能不适合使用;
    二:飞钓一定要站在水中钓
    不一定,飞钓可以在岸边,也可以在船上,码头、甚至礁石上,都可以飞钓。当然最常见的是穿水靠,站立于水中,这个主要是和它的抛投距离以及要求需要较多的空间有关,站在水中,可以更接近聚鱼点,挥舞的空间也大,遮挡少。
    三:飞钓钓法只针对上层鱼
    这个完全不对,飞钓方法可以针对各种水层鱼。针对不同鱼种和习性,要使用不同种类的飞钓线和拟饵,例如全浮线、半浮线、沉水线等等,拟饵也有干湿之分,重量也不同,有的漂在水面、有的沉底。拟饵的制作本身还可以加各种重量的眼睛型铅坠(Bead chain和Lead Eye),可以适用于不同水层,因此它可以钓任何水层的鱼种。
    四:飞钓只对凶猛掠食性鱼类有效
    不完全是这样。由于飞钓只使用假饵并使之运动,对凶猛掠食性鱼类确实更有效。但鱼类攻击动饵的天性都是一样的,因此只要拟饵选择、拖动表现对头,各种鱼都会攻击。我看过用飞钓钓鲤鱼的视频,看起来也很有效。
    五:飞钓是不用铅坠和浮漂的
    大部分情况是这样的,但也有例外。一些特殊情况下,Leader上会加一至两个小咬铅,以便使得沉水速度更快一些,但同时对抛投技术要求较高。浮漂其实有些人常用,叫做“Strike indicator”,但飞钓的浮漂比较特殊,一般是很小的橄榄球状漂(蚕豆大小、很轻,固定于Leader后端)、或者就是Leader后端拴一撮颜色鲜艳的毛毛。我们普通的浮漂不适用于飞钓的抛投。
    六:飞钓是很难掌握的一种钓法
    飞钓的入门确实比较难,这是事实。飞钓可能也是所有钓鱼方法中最讲究技术的一种,飞钓抛投讲究严格的节奏、正确的姿态和使力、讲究舒畅放松,逆饵的表现手法也多种多样。初学者需要在真正出动飞钓钓鱼前,在无水无钩的(草地上等)状况下,练习一段时间,直到你能掌握最基本的技能,才可以首次出动。这还早!开始真正钓鱼时的地形、空间、水流、风力等影响,还需要很多时间逐渐体会适应。一旦融会贯通以后,举重若轻,随意变化,那当然就不再难了。一般建议新手要找师傅带一下,或者参加一个学习班,会省很多力气和时间。
    七:Fly fishing,是世界上最优美的钓鱼技术和动作
    绝对正确!可以这么说,一旦你进入飞钓的门槛,你必定会对它着迷!随着技术的提高,你会进入一个全新的境界:飞钓,就像跳一种优美的舞蹈,以蓝天、雪山为背景,绿树、碧水作舞台,任你自由的挥舞。你会逐渐集中精力于这个运动本身,对鱼获不再苛求,身心慢慢融化在纯净的大自然中……
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    .. This is our last Chinese post.  In compliance with a direct order from the Chosen One we will no longer send our blog to the fine people in China.
    .. Many of of our readers in China have asked about the royal edict from the king of Greenland, (USA.)  We refer them to the excellent article by Paul Arden, [LINK.]
    .. By the way, we're stocking up on French wine and English bell papers.
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    WALLPAPER:  FINE CHINESE CUISINE

    Saturday, August 24, 2019

    Believe It Or Don't

    GO FASTER
    Reusable
    best tech now
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    .. We hope to live to see this. Here to there in a blink of an eye.
    ANNOUNCEMENT
    .. FREE entrance to Yellowstone National Park tomorrow - August 25, 2019. The National Park Service is celebrating its 103rd birthday. Come join the celebration.
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    WALLPAPER:  Provençal Braised Pork Chops

    Friday, August 23, 2019

    Going Viral

    A MASTERPIECE
    'Shopped Job
    the neighbor's find
    FROM THE CHOSEN ONE
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    .. God bless the kids on the block. They clued us in to a bunch of images from the interwebs.
    .. Apparently a painting by Jon McNaughton has caused quite a stir among the Photoshop crowd on the web. Modified images are popping up on all manner of sites, (look-1, look-2, look-3.)
    .. Over a late coffee this morning the kids attacked our computer and filled both screens with the altered images - some funny, some strange and, some critical. The one above struck home with us.
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    THESE WORK GREAT
    .. Quickly: Gulpers on Hebgen Reservoir getting better by the hour, Hoppers are going crazy on the Gallatin River, the Firehole River above Old Faithful = cold water but hot catching, Slough Creek finally alive, etc.
    .. Parking spaces are now available scattered around town and the elbow density has greatly abated with the opening of schools around the country. Shop now or forever regret the opportunity.
    GULP IT UP
    .. It looks like the heat wave has broken and we're back to our pleasant 70's.
    .. Time to fish hard. We like the South Fork of the Madison River right now. There are only a few neighbors willing to challenge the willows for the lurking submarines. The fish are hungry, unmolested and, eating from both the surface and in the water column.
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    WALLPAPER:  FINALLY !!  RASPBERRIES

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    Free Yellowstone Camping

    BOONDOCKER ?
    Hate Crowds ?
    scenic locations ?
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    .. Yes Hortense, there are free NPS campgrounds. This is a surprise to most folks.
    .. For an introduction to eleven of these wonderful gems just click on over to Drivin' and Vibin' and check out each one. [[LINK]]  Nothing fancy but true gems of the out of doors.
    .. Need a fishing license depending on the state you are in. Some are exceptional fishing access sites. Who knew?
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    WALLPAPER:  BONE IN RIB EYE

    Monday, August 19, 2019

    Death Defiance

    SIGN OF THE TIMES ?
    Just Ignorant ?
    plain stupid ?
    BEEN THERE - HAVE NOT DONE THAT
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    .. There is a movement afoot that gives visitors the courage to defy safe viewing of thermal features in Yellowstone National Park.
    .. Wandering off the boardwalks and onto the thin crust of thermal features is dangerous and can be the cause of serious injury or even death.
    .. Just yesterday the latest example of this behavior was recorded on video at Old Faithful. The offender was booed by the law abiding visitors and then flipped them off as he left the vent of the geyser.
    .. Other incidents include actions at Grand Prismatic Spring , (sentence = four days in jail and a $1,040 fine,) and West Thumb Geyser Basin.
    .. Multiple citations have been issued in the last few days. The park has not yet issued a statement and court records are not available for public viewing.
    SEE THE VIDEOS
    KULR_1 >> HERE
    USA Today  >> HERE
    KULR_2 >> HERE
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    WALLPAPER: PRIMITIVE QUESADILLA

    Saturday, August 17, 2019

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019

    Check It Out

    THANKS MOLDY
    Tom Skerritt Says
    cute video
    MISSED A FEW
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    .. From the depths of the Owyhee River Canyon to our backyard comes more of the same.
    .. An elbow enhancing bit of cuteness comes forth on Vimeo.
    RESCOURCES
    >> MOLDY SAYS IT,
    >> VIMEO SHOWS IT.
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    WALLPAPER: AEBLESKIVER PUFFS

    Sunday, August 11, 2019

    More History

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    EPA Bashes The Environment

    BIG CUTBACKS
    Exceeded Goals
    much more to come

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    .. We worry about the lack of concern that the general public exhibits, (at least here in West Yellowstone.)
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     NEWS REPORT

    .. The Environmental Protection Agency "exceeded" its goals in cutting back environmental regulations during the first two years of the Trump administration, according to an internal watchdog report.
    .. The EPA's inspector general evaluated how the agency responded to an executive order from President Donald Trump issued in January 2017 mandating federal agencies control costs by cutting regulations. The EO asked that for every one regulation an agency issued, two regulations be cut.
    .. The EPA cut 26 regulations, saving the agency more than $96 million, and created four new regulations -- far more than the 2-to-1 ratio the White House had requested, according to the report. The agency saved roughly $6 million more than the Office of Management and budget requested.
    .. In the administration's first year, "the EPA had the highest number of deregulatory actions of any federal agency," according to the report.
    .. These actions include rollbacks of environmental regulations that govern water, air and greenhouse gas emission levels.
    .. In the past two years, the EPA changed what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act, rolled back an Obama-era plan that would have reduced carbon emission from coal-fired power plants, and proposed a rule that would allow fewer restrictions on hazardous air pollutants, among other changes. The inspector general's report gives a fuller picture of how aggressively the agency has been in slashing regulations; the data shows the EPA has been the most successful in this goal.
    .. While the inspector general evaluated the agency's regulatory rollbacks, it "did not evaluate human health and environmental impacts or trends," the report said.
    In a response memo, the Acting Deputy Administrator Henry Darwin said the agency is "pleased" with the Inspector General's conclusion that the EPA is "in compliance" with the executive order.
    .. "The EPA has successfully and fully implemented the requirements of the Executive Order," Darwin wrote in his memo.
    The Sierra Club, an environmental advocacy group, did not see the report's findings as positive.
    .. "The EPA should not be bragging about cutting vital safeguards for our air, water and climate. Going above and beyond Trump's arbitrary benchmark is not an achievement, it only proves that Andrew Wheeler couldn't care less about the health and safety of those he is supposed to protect," said Matthew Gravatt, the Sierra Club's deputy director for federal and administrative advocacy.
    .. The inspector general recommended the agency be more transparent about its regulation changes moving forward, suggesting the agency set up a public portal where people can see updates about the agency's actions. It also recommended the EPA's Regulatory Reform Task Force, the part of the agency working on regulation changes, publicly release progress reports on their work.
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    WALLPAPER:   HOT BEEF SANDWICH ON WHITE BREAD WITH BUTTER POTATOES

    Saturday, August 10, 2019

    Aw, C'mon !!!


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    WALLPAPER:  AEBLESKIVER  TO BE

    Sunday, July 28, 2019

    KA - - BOOM!

    IT HAPPENS
    Watch The Tail
    follow best advice
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    .. It's an annual event in Yellowstone National Park. Either by ignorance or defiance there are unfortunate encounters between visitors and wildlife.
    .. Yellowstone National Park is not a petting zoo. It is a bit of wild America that has been impinged upon by civilization with the inevitable consequences that pertain thereunto.
    .. The civilized footprint in the park grows annually and visitors believe that it is a "safe zone." Nothing could be further from the truth.
    .. From quicksand to quick bison - it must be remembered that access is no guarantee of safety. Just ask the fly fishers that wander around in the water near Buffalo Ford on the Yellowstone River.
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    QUICKIES:
    >> Daybreak on the Firehole River is still a viable proposition,
    >> So too, the Madison River,
    >> Riffles in the Gibbon River canyon work all day,
    >> Gallatin River = all day; beware T-storms,
    >> Gulpers getting better on Hebgen Reservoir,
    >> Quake Lake at Beaver Creek and the outlet,
    >> KEEP 'EM WET.
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    WALLPAPER:  SHORTCAKE, STRAWBERRIES, CREAM

    Friday, July 26, 2019

    Just Having Fun

    GONE IS THE FUN ?
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    USE THIS
    .. We are blessed to live in a place where we can write, produce, direct and, live our own movie.  May it never change!
    .. Perhaps we'll fish some, visit a pub, tell some lies, and walk home in a most gentle rural little town. Turons be damned.
    .. Safe in the dark of night - believe it or don't.
    Just Enough Light And, A Few Dark Corners
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    WALLPAPER: BONE IN RIB STEAK & POTATO

    Thursday, July 25, 2019

    Take Five

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    WALLPAPER:  GOOD MORNING WAFFLE

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019

    Watch Now

    C-SPAN HAS IT
    The Movie Version
    you didn't read it
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    .. Only between 3% and 10% of Americans have read the Mueller Report. We are loathe to believe that only that many Americans can read. So we must conclude that 90% to 97% of Americans are too busy doing things that are enabled by our constitution,
    RESOURCE:
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    WALLPAPER:  CAST IRON PAN PIZZA

    Sunday, July 21, 2019

    Breakfast

    CELEBRATE BREAKFAST
    Today Only
    national ice cream day
    HIGH ENERGY BREAKFAST
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     NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY
    .. All the ingredients of a perfect breakfast: coffee ice cream, vanilla waffle, strawberries, whipped cream and, chocolate sauce.
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    WALLPAPER:  Shrimp & Black Pepper Béchamel Sauce

    Thursday, July 18, 2019

    Today

    REAL CONTENTMENT
    Big Smile Please
    america's selfie
    Y'all go back where ya came from

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    le comte
    .. Once upon a time there lived in Sardinia a royalist named Joseph-Marie de Maistre.
    .. After the French Revolution, he strongly advocated for a "social hierarchy" and "monarchy" as the best form of government.
    .. In 1811, as ambassador to Russia, he opined that:
    Toute nation a le gouvernement qu'elle mérite.
    .. This quote is often mistakenly attributed to Abraham Lincoln or Alexis de Tocqueville. It has a couple of renditions in translation to English:
    >> "Every country has the government it deserves" 
    >>  "In a democracy people get the leaders they deserve." 
    .. He was, of course, speaking sarcastically about the chaos that was erupting in Russia at that time.
    .. The attitude expressed has, however presciently, become wonderfully predictive as our country moves through a contemporary nexus of political miasma.
    .. Another observation from Joseph-Marie, comte de Maistre:
     Les fausses opinions ressemblent à la fausse monnaie qui est frappée d'abord par de grands coupables et dépensée ensuite par d'honnêtes gens qui perpétuent le crime sans savoir ce qu'ils font.
    .. This is also significant for our times and is translated as:
    >> False opinions are like false money, struck first of all by guilty men and thereafter circulated by honest people who perpetuate the crime without knowing what they are doing.
    ..Reminds us of contemporary politicians and, many fly fishers. Enough said!
    RESOURCES
    HOW TO VIOLATE THE LAW
    >>  EEOC Employment Rights
    >>  5th Circuit Case Law
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    WALLPAPER:  TACOS AMERICANO