• 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, August 04, 2020

    OH SO . . . . .

    HOT !
    Hot, Hotter, Hottest
    creepy crawler time

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    .. So we hit 90° F a couple of times. There's a few more coming down the 'pike. This is a signal for the neighbors to head to the grass.
    .. The grass harbors ants, beetles, 'hoppers, spiders and such. The poor things fall in the water and get swept into the maw of trout.
    .. Most of the neighbors are catching with gay abandon on the Gallatin River in Yellowstone National Park. They drove us up there for a sweltering mid day jaunt and the damn trouts were frenzied in the hot sun. We all danced and whooped! The sweat did pour.
    JUST AN ANT
    .. There were some interesting license plates on the giant and shiny SUVs. There were waders aplenty, (silly boys.) How sticky are waders in this heat? Oh well!
    .. Right on time MAKFLIES has delivered a top water delight for our catching pleasure. One of our creative neighbors already has a half dozen of the little jewels. No sharing right now!
    .. We were stuck with more pedestrian flies = the trout were willing to dance with us as well. The heat drove us home after a few hours of exhausting dancing. Not quite a fish per cast but, in that neighborhood. We recommend visiting the loops and riffles near any parking spot that you can find.
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    Monday, July 20, 2020

    Break Time

    THINGS TO DO
    Exercise The Shoes
    check the tube

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    ., Sometimes kicking back is worth it.

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020

    El Pasado Reciente

    WE'VE BEEN REMISS
    Focused Elsewhere
    tourism & fishing goes on

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    .. Masked, gloved and shielded, we've been busy around town helping with pandemic chores.
    .. Many of our neighbors are also helping take up the slack for our diminished work force. The future holds more of the same.
    .. Visitation in Yellowstone National Park is down about 32%. There are recent closures of facilities, attractions and waters.  Albright Visitor Center is closed until further notice. Boiling River Soaking/Swimming Area is also closed until further notice.
    RESOURCES
    >> All NPS covid-19 public health updates,
    >> Yellowstone National Park Current Conditions,
    >> Yellowstone National Park News Releases,
    >> Yellowstone National Park covid-19 on Flickr
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    TRY THIS CRITTER
    .. Fishing and catching in the park is being impacted by our unseasonably warm weather and the high snow pack melt rate.
    ..  The Firehole River has been experiencing temperatures near 80°F and has just returned to seasonal discharge rates.
    .. The Madison River has been enjoying rapid temperature fluctuations Ranging from 60°F to 75°F and just yesterday returned to seasonal discharge rates.
    .. The Gallatin River is ready for great catching. The warmth has brought forth terrestrial tidbits and there are even surface flies in the confluence meadows near Fan Creek. We're not missing it.
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    WALLPAPER:  CHILI DOGS

    Wednesday, July 08, 2020

    F.Y.I. West Yellowstone

    A PUBLIC SERVICE NOTE
    Rumors
    gossip
    PROTECT YOURSELF AND OTHERS
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    .. Our neighborhood front-line workers are a courageous lot.
    .. Servers, clerks, information officers, grocery store stockers, deli workers, police officers, paramedics, park employees, etc. are exposed and wide open to covid-19 infection.
    .. At latest count we, our village, has at least TWELVE COVID-19 CASES. These are folks from grocery stores, bars, gas stations, convenience stores, hotels and restaurants. A couple of them have been hospitalized, (rumor.)
    .. This information has surfaced among our neighbors in their personal conversations around town. There is no "official" way to verify this number.
    .. This number of cases has erupted during the last two weeks. It coincides with the influx of visitors: most not wearing face masks.
    .. There is a dearth of information and an honest fear among our neighbors who serve the public. Merchants are loath to discuss this with customers or, even the neighbors.
    .. We implore you to wear a mask and avoid close contact with folks wandering around our village. We also warn you that our little village is in Galllatin County, the county with the highest number of covid-19 cases in the state of Montana. We are also among those most rapidly growing places for the infection of the virus.
    -- With the realization that covid-19 may be an air-born infection it behooves all of us to be safe, careful and considerate. Our front line workers are doing their best to be cordial, accommodating, and helpful. Please give them the courtesy and consideration of protecting them from infection.
    .. We are scared shitless!
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    Saturday, July 04, 2020

    Three For Right Now

    MAKFLIES IS AT IT AGAIN
    Use These Today
    find the slow water



    .. When the fisher folks just downstream from you are catching six to your one - try these. Nothing fancy. Not too small. Not hard to tie. Just good trout foolery!
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    skittering midge
    .. We finished grocery shopping early: before the visitors rolled out. Got it all in fridge and stashed for the week. Now, on to Notellum River for the early rising dance partners. We're taking the Skittering Midge for a short walk. Looks to be a warm and lazy day.
    .. The neighbors snelled up a couple of dozen flies for us. The eyes went first, then the legs; now there are spots and shakes = glad to be alive! Have a happy Fourth of July🇺🇸.
    .. The Yellowstone Park  'elbow brigade' was out in force yesterday. Lots of fancy gear and kit on the water. We wish them well.
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    WALLPAPER:  Salsiccia Calabrese, Munster, Rye

    Thursday, July 02, 2020

    F.Y.I. - South Dakota

    GOT YOUR TICKET ?
    Enjoy Rubbing Elbows
    forget the face mask
    CELEBRATE COVID-19 WITH THE PRESIDENT
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    .. Just in case you lost your invitation for the festivities tomorrow, here's a link  [LINK.] And if you have forgotten how to behave in crowds of 7,000 or 8,000 revelers, here's a link for the official behavior guidelines [LINK-X.] The official recommendation is "NO SOCIAL DISTANCING."
    .. Best of luck!
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    MADISON MAULER
    .. This current weather warm up will bring seasonal temperatures to Yellowstone National Park.
    .. Enjoy the crowds and our village. The merchants are nearly all open and request your attendance at the check out line. Get your groceries early because the empty shelf spots are growing at a rapid pace. There is free hand sanitizer at the grocery stores. Bring your own face mask.
    .. Go fishing if you can find a parking spot. Arrive early and stay late - build some stories if not hero shots of fish gulping air. Be sure your cell phone is fully charged.
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    WALLPAPER:   STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE
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    Wednesday, July 01, 2020

    With A Vengence

    COVID-19 RETURNS
    Montana Alert
    no mask mandate
    WHY?
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    .. Here it comes. Summer and visitors have brought COVID-19 to Montana. Our governor has declared a state of emergency [LINK.] We can say no more.
    RESOURCES:
    >> Governor's Task Force
    >> 46 States Require Masks
    >> Care Facility Cases
    >> Deadly Weekend
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    .. We urge you to contact your favorite feather merchant by phone. Ask about mask protocol and Covid-19 mitigation measures in the shop.
    .. Gallatin County has the most cases of any county in the state.
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    WALLPAPER:  AMPLE PARKING