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  • Friday, March 24, 2017

    Old, Fat, And White

    ART OF THE STEAL
    America Wakes Up
    the second shoe ?

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    Bring It On

    RIVERS WAY UP
    New Records Daily
    oh my, what to do?
    HOUSE ROCK: GALLATIN RIVER - 2011
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    .. So! Do we declare it a record runoff year? Not yet but we're watching.
    .. Both the Madison River and the Gallatin River have set daily records during this rapid Spring warm up.
    .. The obvious question is called to mind. "What is happening to our nifty snow pack?"
    .. The Gallatin River is now running at about 700 cfs. That is a daily record for this date. The previous daily record was 541 cfs.
    .. The Madison River in Yellowstone National Park is at record daily flows. Currently it is at about 670 cfs. The previous daily record for this date was 595 cfs.
    .. The mitigating influence of Hebgen Reservoir is only slowing the flows in the upper river segments. Right now the dam is allowing about 1300 cfs discharge.
    .. Down stream the velocity picks up again with the dirty discharge of the West Fork of the Madison River. At Kirby Ranch the flow is still at about 1300 cfs.
    courtesy   FINETOOTH
    .. The flows at Cameron, Montana are just about 1600 cfs. Still manageable for the drifters.
    .. The dam at Ennis, Montana is allowing a discharge rate of about1500 cfs. This will change over the next week or so as the reservoir fills up.

    FOLLOW THE DAILIES
    >> Gallatin River at Gallatin Gateway,
    >> Madison River in Yellowstone National Park,
    >> Madison River Hebgen Reservoir Discharge,
    >> Madison River at Kirby Ranch,
    >> Madison River near Cameron, Montana,
    >> Madison River near McAllister, Montana.
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    CRACKLE BACK ??
    ..The weekend looms ahead. The weather is perfect and way too warm for late March.
    .. We're about to exercise some of the neighborhood flies. These are the rejects from late winter nights with just one too many adult beverages.
    .. After breakfast we might mow the lawn or, wash the car or, cut some flowers.
    .. The strawberries are here and healthy. Perhaps the bees and bluebirds and dandelions will be early too.
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    WALLPAPER:  EMERGENT STRAWBERRIES

    Thursday, March 23, 2017

    A Stab In The Back

    LOCAL WATERS CLEAR
    Austin Knudsen Betrayal
    zinke working hard
    WALLPAPER:  THE BLUE ICE OF HEBGEN RESERVOIR
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    .. All of our local tributaries to Hebgen Reservoir are clear of ice and eroding the ice of the reservoir.
    .. The Madison River and it's South Fork have pushed far enough into the ice to provide legal fishing beyond the estuaries. Cougar Creek, Duck Creek, Grayling Creek, and Notellum Creek are building open water at a rapid clip. Soon all will have pushed far enough into the reservoir to provide legal fishing.

    Helobdella stagnalis

    .. The kids with sleds have been successful beyond the South Fork estuary with midges, blond leeches, (Helobdella stagnalis,) small streamers, and a few secret patterns from the winter experimentation's.
    .. It seems that the blond leeches have experienced a population explosion, (along with midges and lowland skwalas.)
    COPPER TAIL
    .. This makes for pudgy trout and happy fishers around here.
    .. The leeches are a real surprise since they are rare and seldom seen in numbers of any kind.
    .. Water from our warm rains and drizzles is still puddling on the surface of the ice of the reservoir.
    NOTELLUM BRANCH
    .. The blue hue is sparkling and twinkling. The ice is getting very thin.
    .. We're looking forward to ice out this year. We're also noticing that the snow is disappearing at a rapid rate and we're watching the stream flows and anticipating the runoff rates. Planning for early fishing is going to be tricky.
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    .. Montana House Speaker Austin Knudsen has stabbed his constituents in the back.
    THE KNUDSEN GATE
    .. After receiving 75% of the votes in his district he has blocked access to the American Legion Park in Culbertson, Montana.
    .. The 35 acre park was donated to the American Legion in 1944 and is a scenic strip of land along the Missouri River.
    .. Access was granted by the donating owners and used continually since 1944. When Knudsen bought the land he relocated the road and put up a gate.
    .. The matter is in the courts now with both a suit and counter suit. KEEP 'EM OUT? That's loyalty and representation Montana style, [LINK-1, LINK-2, LINK-3.]
    .. Our pretend Montanan Secretary Of Interior Hinky Zinke has just announced a gift to the deserving residents of the Gulf Coast.
    .. Newly proposed and enacted oil exploration and lease tracts are about to be; or have been let. The only indication of the actions was a pair of news releases. Sort of like the stealth approach to all of the current administrations ministrations to the citizens of our democracy, [LINK-A, LINK-B.]
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    FAN WING FUN
    .. We are staring at no less than two weeks of above average daytime temperatures.
    .. There will be some rain, some drizzle, some soft flurries, a bit of hail and bunches of bluster in the upcoming 18 to 20 days.
    .. Temperatures at mid day will range from 40°F to 50°F and precipitation from nil to light with plenty of clouds and overcast skies. Absolutely perfect fishing weather. The lowlands may get to be too warm to fish - HUH?
    .. We'd best hustle along before the lowlanders get up here to avoid the heat!
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    The Great Glaze = Balsamic Vinegar + Brown Sugar + Ketchup + Worcestershire Sauce

    Tuesday, March 21, 2017

    More Montana Politics

    WHO? IN CONGRESS
    Who Is Paying ?
    who's money ?
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    .. Now that Zinke has weedled his way into the national wrecking ball in Washington, D.C., folks from Montana have a chance to replace him back here in our special election.
    .. Perhaps we'll do it right this time. Of course we will have to fight with our memories. Do you remember the devious plan to block fishers from the East Gallatin River? For a refresher course check out this link.
    BRIGHT AND WARM
    .. On another front we note that the carpetbaggers are back with their piles of money to meddle with our children's welfare and education. The bi-partisan pre-kindergarten bill is being opposed by Americans For Prosperity. That's the bunch funded by the Koch brothers. They want to keep our kids as poorly educated as possible. Then they will likely elect more of their buddies like Zinke and Gianforte.  Don't believe it? Try this other link.
    .. Follow the progress of HB 593, "Revise Metal Mining Laws" - with a quick click here. Looks to be O.K. for now - but you never know!
    ..Our state is contemplating providing a $10,000,000.oo / year, low interest loan to Talen Energy of Colstrip, Montana. The idea is to lessen the economic impact to the town and to the Montana State Budget during the coming shutdown of the "old plant" in 2022. This is a bizarre plan to prop up a company that is losing $30,000,000.oo / year. Go figure - click away to read more.
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    COULD IT BE ?
    .. The slicker is still wet and the drip is still dripping. We hit 55° F and had a bit of a breeze but the fishing has been tolerable. The catching has been better. Water is puddling on the top of the ice at Hebgen Reservoir.
    .. The estuary of the South Fork of the Madison River is open and the legal lake fishing there is just a few days away, Snowmobiles are still necessary. 
    .. We went and closed the winter season in Yellowstone National Park.
    YELLOW MITE
    .. Too warm for winter - could it be Spring? We'll see.
    .. Time for some breakfast and a cogitation about the day ahead. Fishing is still on the pencil list.
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    WALLPAPER:  RIB STEAK & SMASHED

    Saturday, March 18, 2017

    Skwala Sightings ??

    HOW LOW TO GO ?
    How High To Start ?
    do you want them ?
    WALLPAPER:  ENNIS:  A BUSTLING METROPOLIS
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    .. Every now and again a bewildered visitor slides into the neighborhood pub.
    .. Most are mercifully ignored. Some, on the other hand, 'squish' as they saunter around the smaller spaces and darker corners.
    from MONTANA FIELD GUIDE
    .. The 'squishers' are invited to a seat and are usually bought a beer. It's always a good thing to welcome exotic fisher folks.
    .. How are things in the outside world? How did you get here? Why here and now? Bud Light? Oh well!
    .. Our fishing prognostications are limited at this time of year to a few first hand reports from adventurous younger neighbors, fake news, and local gossip. Squishers are always most welcome.
    .. This time we found out that the lowland rivers are clearing nicely and that the mysterious skwala has been sighted in Missoula, Bozeman, and just a bit south of Ennis. (Quite a bit ?)
    .. Of course with the weekend coming up the young hearty group is gearing up for a safari into the warmth of the valley.  The Madison River valley that is.
    .. The only species of skwala recognized in Montana is Skwala americana (American Springfly.)
    from MONTANA FIELD GUIDE
    .. There are two other recognized species in the U.S.A. They are sort of the red headed stepchild of entomologists and keep getting their names and classifications switched around.
    .. They are less social than the giant salmonflies, (Pteronarcys californica,) but look similar in their adult form - just smaller.
    .. Right now the nymph is of great interest to fly fishers. These are carnivorous nymphs. They prey on other neoteneous forms: caddis, midges, mayfly, etc.
    GLITTER SHIMMER NYMPH
    .. The midges have been especially prolific for the last couple of years.
    .. The skwala population has profited from this. Get the right nymph imitation and catch a few fish.
    .. The neighbors use a couple of favorite nymphs that we have mentioned before. The Snortle Nymph, (snortel, snortal, etc.,) and the Glitter Shimmer Nymph. Both of these are easy to tie. They can be weighted or not weighted. They can float if you like.
    .. If you want to hedge your bets, tie your standard big stonefly nymph pattern in dark brown. It should do just fine.
    SNORTLE NYMPH
    .. The skwala safari is planned for tomorrow. Early enough to avoid a second pot of coffee is a good time. Late enough to fish the skwala migration is probably best.
    .. Nymphal forms, (after a year long hemimetabolism,)  begin to move when the water temperature is warmed by the sun and is in the low to mid 40's.
    .. They migrate to the shore and hang out for a spell, (dry wings and other such, don'tchaknow?)
    .. By late afternoon all shenanigans have been completed: sometimes in flights but mostly in the fringe of veggies along the shore and in crevices and shingles.
    MADAME  X
    .. The females will fly to preferred water and lay their eggs on the water. Then they die and bob along enticing trout.
    .. Should you choose to fish the females a squished flat, (darker the better,) Madame X will do wonders. Cast long and wiggly upstream and twitch a little on the way back home. Hang on.
    .. It's quite a trek to the lower Madison River from this refuge up here. But, all of the ice is mostly gone and the sightings can't be just rumors  --  can they?
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    .. We're going to have the second pot of coffee and some breakfast right after the safari departs.
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    WALLPAPER:   CHORIZO CON PAPAS Y QUESO

    Friday, March 17, 2017

    THE SUCK OF BUDGET PROPOSALS

    ATTENTION PATRIOTS
    Fish Or Cut Bait
    the link and your cajones
    THE ROOT OF INFORMATION
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    Boiled bacon, cabbage, carrots, new potatoes, Colcannon mash, and Irish griddle bread, (could be crumpets too.) The white sauce is a white wine / parsley / cinnamon / butter concoction. Real Irish! 

    Friday, March 10, 2017

    Interested In Native Fish ??

    YELLOWSTONE SCIENCE
    Native Fish Conservation

    DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE !
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    .. Starting in 2010 a focused and concerted effort was implemented to conserve the native fish of Yellowstone National Park.
    .. Although, in the past, there have been smaller programs to the same end, this is a park wide and species wide effort.
    .. This report from Yellowstone Science is the first significant release of the program scope and results to date. Public meetings and listening sessions have taken place over the last seven years. This report ties together the dribs and drabs of information that have trickled out over the last seven years.
    .. The body of the report is 50 pages, including the bibliography and references.
    Appended to the report are:
    >> Note from the Yellowstone Lake Working group,
    >> Note about suppressing non-native Lake Trout,
    >> Note about fish population responses to suppression,
    >> Women in science,
    >> Movement patterns and areas for spawning Lake Trout,
    >> Lake Trout supression [sic] alternatives to gillnetting,
    >> Protection from aquatic invasive species,
    >> Trout facts,
    >> Volunteer activities,
    >> Schweber note on catching locations.
    >> Birds and mammals that eat cutthroat,
    .. Download it HERE-1 or HERE-2.
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    SIERRA BRIGHT DOT - WORKS!
    .. The bright grayness has arrived with a warm mixed drizzle of snow and rain. Perfect fishing weather. The mush will keep the fair weather fishers off of the trails  whoot, whoot!
    .. We'll don the gear and brave the warm and wet. Right after breakfast and a nap.
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    THE NEIGHBORS GROW GOOD WHEAT