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  • Thursday, June 23, 2016

    Susanne

    CALL AUNT LISBETH
    FISH HERE
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    .. Meet at West Glacier.

    Saturday, June 18, 2016

    All Endings Are Beginnings

    It's Official
    El Niño Is Gone
    La Niña is coming
    PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTIONS
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    .. The current El Niño – a phase of the  El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) - is swinging toward it's other extreme.
    .. We're ready. We need some moisture and some snow to replenish our waters and lower the volatility of the fuel moisture content of our forest.
    .. ENSO has three phases. It is a single climate phenomenon. Our weather vocabulary has come to include the two extremes over the last 30 years or so. The third state is the "neutral" state and is perceived by most of us as 'normal.'

    According to NOAA:

     “El Niño” and “La Niña,” require certain changes in both the ocean and the atmosphere because ENSO is a coupled climate phenomenon.  “Neutral” is in the middle of the continuum.
    1. El Niño:  A warming of the ocean surface, or above-average sea surface temperatures (SST), in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.  Over Indonesia, rainfall tends to become reduced while rainfall increases over the tropical Pacific Ocean.  The low-level surface winds, which normally blow from east to west along the equator (“easterly winds”), instead weaken or, in some cases, start blowing the other direction (from west to east or “westerly winds”).
    2. La Niña: A cooling of the ocean surface, or below-average sea surface temperatures (SST), in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean.  Over Indonesia, rainfall tends to increase while rainfall decreases over the central tropical Pacific Ocean.  The normal easterly winds along the equator become even stronger.
    3. Neutral:  Neither El Niño or La Niña. Often tropical Pacific SSTs are generally close to average.  However, there are some instances when the ocean can look like it is in an El Niño or La Niña state, but the atmosphere is not playing along (or vice versa).
    ALL ROUNDER
    .. The faithful are holding their breath as the air temperature slowly rises and the discharge of our west side rivers diminishes.
    .. If the predicted temperatures for next week hold, we're in for a quick warm up for the Firehole River and subsequent fish lethargy.
    FOAM BEETLE
    .. The Madison River should profit, (though not mightily,) for a brief period. Caddis have been popping with regularity on both the bright and overcast days. This will increase for a couple of weeks.
    .. No hopper nymphs have been seen but the ants are moving now and some of the small black beetles are also wriggling around.
    .. When they're up, the surface bugs will draw the fish with them. Whether they are up or down a sparse soft hackle will do the trick.
    CHAMOIS LEECH
    .. The Gibbon River has been exceedingly tough in the large meadows.
    .. A few reports of noses are available and one submarine taken on a chamois leech at dusk magically appeared on a neighbors cell phone.
    KID'S CREATION
    .. On the other hand the Gibbon River Canyon has come alive with new recruits. The low water and high recruitment over the last couple of years has brought about a neighborhood destination along this picturesque segment of the river.
    .. All your favorite attractor flies, (and the rejects from the winter experiments,) will gather up trout. This is a good bit of water to use a dry / dropper combination. Don't get carried away with weight and don't make the dropper so deep that you catch the rockfish. Doubles of 6" to 10" fish happen with some regularity.
    BEADHEAD AWESOME
    .. Some of the neighbors forego the weight altogether and use the 'Beadhead Awesome' on point: on top a Goofus Bug, Humpy, Wulff, or some other such is needed to provide some flotation and you are off to the races.
    .. We've been wandering the convoluted meanders around Baker's Hole. The trout are willing but holding tight to the shore and in the shadows.
    BRINDLE and HEN
    .. We've not taken any of the few resident submarines in the dark pools in mid stream.
    .. A couple of the neighbors have guaranteed that we'd be successful with some two toned Wooly Buggers but it hasn't happened yet.
    .. They are using typical Fall flies such as the Baker's Hole Bugger or the Brindle and Hen. Works for them - not for us - yet.
    BAKER'S HOLE BUGGER
    .. During the big winds we found ourself on the Gallatin River down near the north boundary of Yellowstone National Park.
    .. The trout were pleased to take anything on top and anything that was drowned. They were feisty and scrappy, (words used to describe the fish in the 8" - 10" range.) Short casts and colorful language must have helped with the success in the catching department.
    .. The garden beckons and the streets are full of visiting entertainment. We'll take a stroll around the village for the mid day rush.
    .. Then off to the to the mighty willow thickets of the Madison River as it debauches into Hebgen Reservoir. It's dry enough and the mosquitoes are not out in force - yet.
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    DARK HOLE ON THE GIBBON

    Thursday, June 16, 2016

    Reprieve

    COOLNESS ARRIVES
    Fog, Rain, Clouds, Hail,
    the spirits responded
    PELICAN VALLEY FOG
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    .. With a week of clouds and rain and seasonal temperatures the west side rivers in Yellowstone National Park have continued to be a productive destination for catchers of the wily trout.
    .. We spent a week in the park visiting places we have not seen in a year or two. All is well. Lodging prices are up and the crowds are thicker than ever. Look for another record year. There are giant condos on wheels and buses like never before.
    -- Brief observations:
    >> Firehole River in good shape. Fish now and thank the spirits for the cool and increased discharge.
    >> Madison River  slightly colored. Still some Stoneflies, caddis, and streamers.
    >> Nez Perce Creek fish with attractor flies up beyond the thermal area. Catch bigger fish than you've any right to expect.
    >> Gibbon River the big meadows are soggy and only the brave will be rewarded with early morning or evening monsters in the slow and slightly colored waters of the lazy bends. Sight fishing to noses is still possible.
    HARD TO MISS
    >> Gibbon River Canyon has very cordial fish that are being very traditional in their response to the good old flies. This is the place for your favorite attractors.
    >> Gallatin River above the confluence meadows is a place for solitude, big fish, bears, and moose. Keep your bear spray in hand and whistle while you work.
    >> Taylor Fork a bit muddy right now. Fish the edge of the silt line as it enters the Gallatin River.
    >> Cougar Creek above the sinks seems to have some nice fish - judging by the cell phone pictures we've seen.
    >> The Duck Creek bears have engendered some warning signs being posted at the park boundary.
    >> Upper Firehole River brookies are being entertained by many visiting children.
    >> Obsidian Creek is holding it's own given the heavy visitor traffic and wonderfully forgiving fish.
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    .. Ignorance seems to abound with the visitors this year (LINK 1, LINK 2.)
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    WALLPAPER:  EARLY CHERRY TART

    Wednesday, June 08, 2016

    Another Death ??

    MORE NEWS TOMORROW
    Hot Springs Are Hot
    some just don't get it
    WALLPAPER:  IDIOT PARENT
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    .. There is no official Yellowstone National Park press release at the moment.
    .. BUT, Local news media outlets are reporting that a man has died after falling into a hot spring.
    .. Witnesses report seeing a man fall into Porkchop Geyser in Norris Geyser Basin around 2:30 PM today, (Tuesday June 7, 2016.)

    WALLPAPER:   SURPRISINGLY HOT
    .. Park rangers are treating the incident as a fatality as they continue their search for the man. Park headquarters in Mammoth has confirmed that no additional news will be forthcoming today.

    READ HERE:
    BILLINGS GAZETTE, BOZEMAN DAILY  CHRONICLE, YELLOWSTONE PARK NEWS RELEASE.
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    Courtesy Photo: Casper Star Tribune
    .. This has been a year for folks that just don't get it:
    • A group of men who post pictures and videos of their travels on social media walked onto a sensitive hot spring, snapping selfies and dipping a hand into water that can reach the boiling point.
    • Another Yellowstone visitor violated park rules by loading a bison calf into his vehicle out of concern it needed help, and the bison was euthanized.
    • Another tourist approached within an arm’s length of an adult bison in the Old Faithful area, which was captured on a video that went viral. The bison, which was lying down, reared up but did not charge.
    • Another video featured visitors posing for pictures with bison at an unsafe and illegal distance.
    • And another video that went viral this spring showed a cow elk charging a woman who was approaching it.
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    .. Well folks the Firehole River hit 79° F yesterday.
    .. It only spiked to 77° F today. The clouds that were promised by the weather people have materialized too late to ameliorate the rising temperatures in the little creek.
    PARACHUTE CADDIS
    .. The meager drips and drizzles from the sky have been full of dry lightning and sounds to encourage fishers - but no cooling rains.
    .. Discharge is still around 250 cfs below seasonal norms and is still flirting with record lows.
    ..  The bugs are hatching at a prolific rate but it seems that the fish are too listless to expend the energy necessary to gather them off of the top of the water.
    .. Nymphs and soft hackles are still the go to flies on this most famous of dry fly waters. Some of the neighbors have had surprisingly good luck on top with the "Stiffy" Dry Stiff Hackle.

    STIFFY
    ..  Late afternoon and evening catching on the little creek has been right next to obscene with several types of caddis erupting in the bright sun from the warm water.
    .. It's a "pick your poison" kind of fishing. Grab your favorite caddis imitation and fling away. If this keeps up we may need to designate the creek as a "kids fishery." Yes indeed, it is that easy.
    TRY  THIS
    .. The Firehole Canyon is still full of the big bugs and out into National Park Meadows they are being gobbled by the trout. There is also a pretty good evening caddis hatch in the meadows as well.
    ..  Should you venture into the Gibbon River side of the meadows you will bump into little yellow stoneflies. If you are in luck you will have to pick them out of your ears.
    .. Up in the little meadows of the Gibbon River the Brook Trout have come alive.
    .. This is an anything goes sort of fishing experience. The water is thin and cold and the fish will feel you coming before you get your one cast.
    .. The canyon water above the falls is still attracting the folks that know. This is the place to exercise your favorite attractor flies.
    .. On top, in the film, drowned a little, drowned a lot - it's all going on right now. Anything from Stimulators to Royal Coachmen are just fine. Stick with moderate to small sizes and you should do very well.
    The Little Meadow Near Norris Campground - One Cast Fishing
    .. It's time for some more thunder: maybe some rain and coolness will accompany it.
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    WALLPAPER:  RHUBARB PIE - STRAIGHT UP!



    Saturday, June 04, 2016

    Game On

    MADISON WORKING
    Fish The Firehole Late
    a tale of two canyons
    WALLPAPER:  FIREHOLE SUNSET
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    ..We're not prone to hyperbole but, the classic and popular segments of the Firehole River are fishing just like the guidebooks and counter help explain it to you.
    Shuckster   #1
    .. We'll mention a few flies but the truth of the matter is that just about any fly of the right size will gall a fish - quickly and successfully, (given a gentle presentation and sharp hook.)
    .. We visited with a few visitors on the rivers and came away with one interesting observation that they had made: the hooks from the feather merchants are amazingly dull this year. A few swipes with a diamond sharpener will go a long way to insuring your success.
    Shuckster #2
    ..  Better than good numbers of Baetids and some PMD's have been coming off.
    .. The super dry fishing has been just O.K. but, the emergers, (slightly drowned or in the film,) have been what many of the neighbors have been using.
    .. These combined with the standard drowned soft hackle or "Dry Soft Hackle" Are becoming, (more than usual,) the go to choices.
    .. It's  good to enter Yellowstone National Park early: it's better to stay late. The caddis are already prolific in the afternoon and there have been some late evening spinner falls of the mayflies. Lots of noses in the air in the early evening.
    Lots of eager and lonely fish here
    .. The Madison River is alive with eager and ravenous fish. They are feeling very lonely.
    .. Ignoring the Madison River early in the season is a tradition of feather merchants, guides, and guide book readers.
    Here too
    .. Many folks would rather gather up fifteen to twenty 10" fish instead of ten or fifteen 19" fish. It's a strokes and folks thing.
    .. Of course, by the time they get to the Madison River the best of the catching has moved on and they spread stories about how the river really isn't worth fishing. Some of the strange stuff you hear from the establishment rumor mill.
    Gibon River coming on early
    .. The Gibbon River Canyon has a nice assortment of rainbow trout and some wily brown trout, should you need to gather up more than a handful of fish in a morning or afternoon break.
    .. This is one of the most rewarding of nymphing rivers at this time of year.
    King Prince
    .. We use the King Prince or just a large Prince nymph.
    .. There are also regular and consistent hatches of mayflies that the fish seem to discover before the fishers. Floating a dry in the appropriate places can surprise even the most expectant fisher.
    .. We gathered some intelligence from a couple of fishers that fished the big meadows and the Brook Trout Paradise above the cascades. Recruitment of Brookies has been exceptional over the last few years and it's becoming commonplace to take a few 10" or 12" specimens in couple of hours. The crowds have found this water but the fish seem to be very cooperative and not too skittish right now.
    Firehole Canyon
    .. The Firehole Canyon is being visited by some savvy fishers and  a covey of the neighbors.
    .. Stoneflies of several sorts are in both canyons. Pick your poison and hang on.
    .. There are even some large salmonflies on the Madison River between Madison Junction and 7-mile bridge.
    .. The neighbors are using sparsely tied black nymphs in both canyons and on the Madison River.
    Sparse
    .. The big bugs are beginning their contrary appearance along the Firehole River. They are crawling along the shore above Firehole Falls - but not in any great numbers.
    .. Firehole Canyon has a few early fliers as well. This is a good time to use a floater/dropper combination. Put your best "mature" floater up high and a dark, (sparsely dressed,) nymph ten to fifteen inches down at the tip. No need for weight, just cover a lot of water.
    Portrait
    .. Should you be feeling adventurous a double nymph of yellow or golden stones along with the big honker can provide near constant action in the right place.
    .. Soon you won't have to cover any water - the fish will willingly jump in your waders.
    .. Our days and nights have tried to fool us into believing that Summer is really here. The days have been partly cloudy and bright, (too bright for some.)
    .. The nights have been warmer than "sleeping weather."  Days will continue in the 70's - approaching the 80's, (egad!)
    .. This is about to change. Hatch chasing for the dryfliest should become exceptional over the next five or six days as the gray and gloom and drizzle return.
    .. There should still be enough afternoon sun and brightness for the caddis and white miller visitations. Hopefully the nights will cool off some.
    .. Get thee to the Firehole River right now. Discharge on the little stream is a few hundred cfs below median rates for this time of year. It is also approaching historic minimums.
    .. Temperatures have already spiked to 75° F.  Official closure may or may not happen but, it's soon going to be very hard on the fish if you stab one in the snout.
    .. We are loath to say it but, catching has gotten off to a fantastic start. We hope that there is a guide book writer in the house.
    .. Better get out the 10 weight two handed rod.
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    WALLPAPER:   NICE TRY

    Monday, May 30, 2016

    Remembering

    HEY GUYS
    We're Still Here
    glad we made it
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    .. Just taking this chance to say hi and howdy. Got up at sunrise and walked the walk and recalled the good - the bad - and those gone.
    .. And, those gone before. It's, of course, a Walmart Monday but we aint shopping. We're not even fishing. Just lolling about the house with some memories and thoughts.
    .. What a strange world we live in. Best to you.
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    Not Here -- YET !

    U.K. DOING IT
    Get Your Order In Now
    your kids will love it
    A TAIL TALE OF TWO FISH
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    .. Remember the flurry of concern over the "FRANKENFISH?"
    .. Remember the reaction of the population to the FDA approval of the critters? {LINK-AA}
    .. Things are progressing far more rapidly in the UK than anywhere but China.{LINK-BB}
    .. Exploring the modification of human embryos
    has been approved and has started at the UK’s brand new Francis Crick Institute.{LINK-CC}
    .. Thanks to the development of the "CRISPR cas" methodology very precise gene editing and splicing is upon us. Wait until China gets hold of this.
    .. The two fish shown above are both 18 months old. The commercial possibilities have overwhelmed the FDA. Here they come.
    .. Just what is liable to come from more advanced and precise methodologies now being explored in England and Scotland? We can hardly wait.
    .. Memorial Day may soon become a remembrance of what we used to be rather than how we were.
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    VIEW:   NEAR FUTURE POSSIBILITIES FOR HUMANS
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