• 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
  • Tuesday, February 25, 2020

    Awkward Anticipation

    OUR TOURIST TOWN
    Visitor Dependent
    very real concerns

    . . .  AND THEY SHALL COME ..... NPS / Neal Herbert
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    .. Already there are grumblings about the safety of the upcoming warm season amongst the retail community and, the possible impact of coronavirus, (SARS-CoV-2.)
    .. There is an old Chinese proverb: “Discover a beautiful place, announce it to the world, the world arrives, and it is beautiful no more.” There is no question that Yellowstone National Park will feel the effects of the virus, (LINK.)
    ..  Right now the conversational focus is on visitation from China, yet, we receive visitors from around the world. And, even if, visits to the United States from China are now down slightly - they will pick up.
    LINK
    .. The concerns and conversations center around prevention  of the contagion spreading. The key in this little village is surface contamination, product contamination, personal space proximity, and other conventional concerns.
    .. Although the virus will die quickly in dry environments outside of the host, (that's us,) our counter tops are full of moist hand prints. Restaurants and hotels have moist surfaces. Cans and packaging in grocery stores are handled in bunches, etc. There are simple ways to reduce the possibility of transmission.
    SIMPLE PRACTICES
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 30 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
      • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
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    .. The CDC has an extensive list of potential pitfalls for folks: their recommendations are HERE.
    Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
    .. We are comforted by our president's edict that every thing is under control, the pandemic won't spread here and, that it will go away quickly.
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    .. Those of us that have visited Yellowstone National Park regularly have seen the impact of increased visitation and reduced staff and upkeep budgets.
    ..  The degraded visitor experience is now making inroads into the popular mindset of the general public. We would like to point out a couple of recent articles that illustrate the point:
    >>  Parks seek ways to manage crowds, cars,
    >>  A Sad Tale of Photographing in Yellowstone.
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    WALLPAPER: SWEEDISH MEATBALLS - FROM TURKEY (PROOF)

    Sunday, February 23, 2020

    Week O' Warm

    SPRING HOVERING
    Winter Still Nigh
    neighbors dance in streets 
    WALLPAPER:  GETTING READY
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    PREDICTED ICY ROADS IN THE MORNING
    .. Conditions are ripe for false hopes. Yet, we allow ourselves to be fooled. Daylight Saving Time is just two weeks away. And, as John Muir said; "Spring's work is going on with joyful enthusiasm."
    .. Our head, in light of the calendar, says that  we need tie no more piles of flies.
    .. We are busy putting off the onerous task of packing fly boxes for specific occasions. We are thinking deeply of cleaning and waxing the fly rods.
    .. Our cogitations run toward washing and treating our fly lines, (we did it last fall but it can't hurt to make sure.) Of course the reels will need some attention as well!
    .. We'll get it all done, right after the next winter blast blows through.
    .. This is an iffy time of the year. We can fish early IF the runoff is not too early. We can scope out the park IF the runoff is on time. We can drive the trails IF the neighborhood melt is on time. We can pop a bear IF they come close enough. We can gather up bushels of hungry trout IF ice out is slow and steady.
    .. For most of the neighborhood kids Spring is just a calendrical notation. They've been fishing pretty steady for the last few months anyway. We're truly pleased with the arrival. It means that our old legs have made it through the dark time. It means more mud and less ice. It means hopes and dreams that have been put off have one more chance to come to fruition. Hooray & Yippee Shit it's Spring.
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    .. We need to point out a nifty bit of reading that appeared over at Chi Wulff [LINK.]
    .. We, in our stuffy habits, have  been selecting fly lines for fly rods based on anticipated conditions and situations for years.
    .. Rod and line numbers, for us, have fallen by the wayside long years ago. If your gear is not working as you feel it should, something should be changed.
    .. Many folks just go to the counter help and buy a whole new rig. Ahhhhhh, just what the industry wants. It's important to become intimate with your tools. Practice on the grass at the park. Take several reels and lines. Imagine the short stuff. Imagine the long shots. Practice, practice, practice.
    .. We frequently fall back on double taper lines of various weights. Old fashioned indeed. Works wonders.
    .. We carry bits and pieces of lead core to adjust for the situation. We've even been known to finagle a paper clip or two for fine adjustments.
    .. Testicles from the lead finch are a last resort.  Well worth the read [LINK.]
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    WALLPAPER:  MEATBALLS

    Saturday, February 22, 2020

    Spring Foolers

    A PAIR TO DRAW TO
    The Neighbors Know
    simple basics
    THE BIRD'S NEST MIDGE OR, THE FUZZY JOHN
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    .. With the warming daytime temperatures, (40°F upcoming soon,) the neighbors have added two simple flies to their arsenal for stabbing trout.
    MADISON CLARET
    .. These patterns take advantage of the increasing vittles available to our finny friends. On bright quiet days in early afternoon the midges come out to play. Their  larva float at the surface for a little while. This makes them easy pickings for trout; especially in still water.
    .. Of course fishers with surface inclinations just drop the 'Bird's Nest Midge', (Fuzzy John,) in amongst them and haul away.
    .. For those fishers with a more questionable continuance the 'Madison Claret' is the pattern of choice. 
    .. The deep red of the dry-tied fly changes both it's hue and chroma when wet. This pattern is fished slowly in the shoreline seams near bottom. Consensus is that it imitates freshly dropped eggs. Just could be!
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    .. We confess to being out in the tame areas on only a couple of times in the last few weeks. Old legs and frozen guides are an obstacle that is a new bit of frustration for us.
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    WALLPAPER:  COOKED AND ICED AND READY TO DIP

    Friday, February 21, 2020

    A Winter's Delight

    LOCAL IS BEST
    New London, CT
    open 5 PM 'til close

    WELL WORTH THE TIME - GOOD RECIPE AND INFORMATION
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    .. When the kids down the block go on a tear they wander through the interwebs with gay abandon. They bumped into this site and we were cajoled into watching it. Quite a mesmerizing bit of entertainment.
    .. It brings to mind a phrase that may be full of more truth than meets the gray matter! "Never trust a skinny cook."
    .. We're pleased to mention COOKING WITH THE BLUES. Below is a bit of kitchen entertainment that we watched a couple of times: in the dark of a winter's day. Just can't tie flies for more than 4 hours at a time. Ran into a slow spot in the book So. . . . . . .
    FOLLOW THE RECIPE:
    WATCH THE MEASUREMENTS
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    SKITTERING MIDGE
    .. We're having "See Saw Weather:" thirty below at night and, melty in the day. It's about right for this time of year. The snowfall is dwindling to flurries out of clear skies. The morning fog is a result of the air warmed by wood stoves and the wonderfully aromatic aromas of carcinogenic smoke.
    .. The neighbor kids woke us up in the dark of the morning and demanded coffee. We did stumble through it and were regaled with tidbits of of tales of big fish Between The Lakes - and at the boat ramp at the head of Quake Lake. No snakes yet as the fish are still moving upstream toward the dam.
    .. We yawned and propped open the eyelids - THEN -  back to the sack. It had cooled off. Damn!
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    WALLPAPER:  CLAM CHOWDER

    Thursday, February 20, 2020

    More Fly Fun

    SPIFFY DIFFY
    A Suite Of Plastic
    makflies at it again
    THREADLESS  ??
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    .. The neighbor kids have embarked on a quest for the perfect modern fly. Of course they have become great fans of makflies [LINK.]
    .. We've not delved into this morass of synthetic magic yet. Hell, we've got trunks full of bird feathers and critter fur dating from the Herter's era. Maybe some day?
    .. Here's a couple of the neighborhood favorites:
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    WALLPAPER:  HOMEMADE VEGETABLE SOUP

    Friday, February 14, 2020

    Keep Informed

    GRAB ONE
    Follow The Crowd
    it's the other crowd
    IT'S NOT SCHEDULED
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    .. Come join the weirdness. SNOW UKE FESTIVAL is upon us! So There!
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    WALLPAPER:  FRIES AND CRISPY SHRIMP

    Thursday, February 13, 2020

    Gettin' There

    SNOWPACK IS HEALTHY
    Still Just A Bit Low
    anxiety relief

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    .. Playing catch up produces some level of anxiety for fly folks when watching our snowpack. Our anxiety level is fairly low - for the moment.
    GET YOURS NOW
    .. We're having another tropical interlude. Day time highs are hovering around the melt point and, night time temperatures are not far below zero.
    .. Our village is bustling and the ice fishers are arriving in significant numbers. Skiers come and go. They cluster around the weekend as do the sledheads. Grocery shopping is best accomplished on Sunday during church. Otherwise traffic jams in the aisles provoke multi-lingual confrontations.
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    .. On a different note the high school kids are still sporting short pants. Day walks to the museums and zoo happen periodically. There are a few shops open and anticipation is running high for the big happenings this weekend.
    .. Ukuleles are beginning to show up and they cause a stir in this winter playground.
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    WALLPAPER:  PREP THEM SHRIMP