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  • Saturday, July 08, 2017

    Like An Archer Fish

    BUT AT 1000 YARDS
    Precise As Poetry
    gone for a week
    WALLPAPER:  RAIL GUN
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    .. There's no better time to abandon fishing the west side streams in Yellowstone National Park than right now.
    ANT
    .. The Gallatin River and the upper Firehole River are still barely worth fishing.
    .. Small bits of the upper Gibbon River and most of Notellum Creek are swarming with active trouts.
    .. Save for the earliest morning and latest afternoon fishing, river fishing is a terrestrial game. The creepies and crawlies are doing well in this warm spell.
    GULP THIS
    .. If you have the wherewithal to make it to Hebgen Reservoir before the wind -- do it!
    .. We'll be headed to the hottest part of the High Plains to challenge the vagaries of wind, mirage, distance and weather. It's a mental failing on our part.
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    .. It's a drive of heroic proportions and we'll need three or four lunches to make it. Ta Ta.
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    WALLPAPER:  RHUBARB

    Thursday, July 06, 2017

    Billings Gets Wet

    SHARLA BITZ TESTER
    Bash The Champagne
    a splashy launch
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    .. The Littoral Class ship USS Billings has just been launched, [LINK-BS.]
    DOITALL
    .. It may have something to do with the earthquake we just felt, [LINK-EQ.]
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    .. Gonn'a be hot today. Quick vittles and a stroll by Notell'em Creek is in order.
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    WALLPAPER:  MAPLE-PORT-MARMALADE SYRUP

    Sunday, July 02, 2017

    Pack It In ??

    FIREHOLE IS HOT
    Madison Is Too
    gibbon & gallatin o.k.
    WALLPAPER:   SWIM HERE - FORGET FISHING
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    .. We're on track for a record setting Fourth of July visitation.
    .. Morning wait time to enter the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park is in the two hour range. Traffic is at a near standstill along Canyon Street in town. Go early or go late!
    ..The Firehole River is now spiking to near 80°F at mid day and the fish are pooped. We suggest that the popular runs be abandoned until Fall, (barring a 3 three day snow storm and drastic drop in temperature - it has happened.)
    A TOUCH OF YELLOW
    .. Flows on the Firehole River are still a bit high, (as has been the case all Spring.)
    .. This has allowed more white water riffles and a bit of a respite for the fish given the additional oxygenated water.
    .. Despite the recent rains the grasses are maturing and yellows are creeping into the meadows. Seems a bit early to us.
    SHADOWS:  UPPER FIREHOLE
    .. Way up in the shady water along the trail to Lone Star Geyser the water is holding in the low to mid 60's. 
    ..The playful Brook Trout are being visited more frequently than in recent memory. The cyclists and dog walkers are dense as well.
    .. The Madison River is still above seasonal discharge norms. It has flirted with normal flows over the last couple of days.
    LITTLE BROWN TROUT
    .. Temperatures at mid day are now in the 70's and fishing should be limited to the hours right after daybreak.
    .. Small streamers near the undercut banks at the edge of the morning shadows will be amply rewarded with dance partners. A twitch at the end of a slow drift will enhance the presentation.
    .. Postpone the second cup of coffee. Enter the park early and avoid the rush: come out when others are going in. An hearty early lunch, a short nap, and some grocery shopping can fill out the day prior to dinner and the evening neighborhood fireworks.
    FEATHER DUSTER
    ..  The Gibbon River has finally slowed to slightly below seasonal flows. There are still some catching opportunities in the shady stretches of the canyon.
    .. A double nymph rig will be the best choice: big and little, light and dark, deep and shallow are excellent combinations. Keep the upper nymph small, small, small.
    .. The neighbor's choice for crowded fishing locations is the Gallatin River and Fan Creek. Access is quick and easy from town. There is always a deep bend that is missing any elbows, (it takes some careful observation and a bit of walking.)
    BAD FOR TREES - GOOD FOR CATCHING
    .. There is an early appearance of spruce moths and there are white miller caddis for the fly floaters.
    .. The grasshopper nymphs are approaching their final molt. They are very active and are wingless. They are on the smallish side this year and a size 6 or 8 will work wonders if you have to float them.
    .. Try not to use any floatant and let them ride just below the surface on a short leader - hang on tight.
    FRIENDLY SPECIMEN CREEK
    .. This year Specimen Creek seems to have more eager fish than usual.
    .. You will have to walk a ways. You will have to be cordial and visit with the tons of hikers.
    .. You will have to explain why you are fishing for  little 10" fish. It's all good - there's a whopping pacel of 'em.
    .. We enjoy this water for it's congenial fish that eat just about anything. This is your standard "attractor fly" water. It is sometimes called a children's fishery. So be it. We'll be a child!
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    .. We're busy watching some braised short ribs. Time to sign off and make do with something to fill the growling chasm until they are ready.
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    WALLPAPER:  RHUBARB CRISP - YUM

    Tuesday, June 27, 2017

    Quickly Now

    NOT TOO COOL
    A Little Damp Approaches
    respite and extension
    WALLPAPER:  GALLATIN RIVER RIFFLE
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    .. The last few days of very warm weather seems to have prolonged our high runoff waters. Despite the high water, river temperatures have continued to escalate to their seasonal norms.
    LOOK FAMILIAR ?
    .. The color varies by river and is slowly, (finally,) becoming recognizable as what water should look like - should you choose to fish it.
    .. We may get a few more days out of the Firehole River with the forecast for upcoming cool and damp weather over the next week.
    .. Just keep in mind the fish are already hammered and in a condition of stress. Temperatures on the Firehole River have been spiking to the mid 70's [LINK-FR.]
    THESE WILL FLOAT !!
    .. The color is good and despite the high water both the bugs and the fish have been doing the "Riverside Rag." Get off the river by noon and move on.
    .. The Madison River, has shaped up nicely in the last week. It's still running above seasonal discharge rates but is beautifully clear and cool. Recent temperature spikes have just now topped the 70°F mark. Take a long lunch and you should have a full day of good catching, [LINK-MR.]
    GALLATIN GREEN UP AND SLOWING FLOW
    ..  With an exclamation of final satisfaction we can report that the gooey colors of the Gallatin River seen last week have receded.
    .. Last Wednesday marked the turning point as the gauge height at Gallatin Gateway dropped to sensible levels for the season.
    GREEN IS GOOD
    .. Temperatures are near perfect for catching and the neighbors have grudgingly joined the visiting elbows for the fine catching opportunities on the river, [LINK-GR.]
    ..  The overcast and intermittent drizzle over the next few days should bring back the hatch of the Baetid bunch and provide good times for the float 'em folks.
    .. Just like a broken record we will suggest that fish can be taken on all three rivers with your favorite soft or stiff hackle fly. 
    NEIGHBORS FAVORITE RIGHT NOW
    .. Use the smaller ones on top and the bigger ones underneath. OR, start with a floating big one and when it starts to sink - let it go. There are dance partners for either presentation.
    .. Right now the shaded water and dark deep protected hides are where the fish are.
    .. There are noses in the air all day long if you should choose to pause and watch the water before splashing your way to the "perfect spot."
    MOUNTAIN PINE BEETLE
    .. Whether it's just whim or real insight; the neighbors are using very sparsely tied flies for their excursions. You can pluck yours if they seem too bushy.
    ..  We would be remiss if we failed to mention the beginnings of the availability of terrestrial food sources. Beetles have led the charge this year and the ants are close behind.
    .. White Miller sorts are also available and beginning to thicken up around noon - or thereabouts.

    WE LOVE A CHALLENGE
    .. In a fit of masochism we've been fishing a few fan wing flies.
    .. They are cute. Sometimes they float correctly. They even take a fish or two.
    .. The most rewarding bit though is, the wonderful fluttering noise that they make just before they impale themselves in your ear. We do have mental issues.
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    .. The gray is here already and the drips from the trusty steed are making a line in the sand. Breakfast is early and there are lights on in the neighbor's kitchen. Must be time.
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    WALLPAPER:  PIZZA PIECES
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    P.S.
    -- Try Hebgen Reservoir in the still of the morning.
    THE GOOGLE EYES HAVE IT


    Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    Countdown Reminder

     REPOST
    Just two months to go !!
    EVENT OF A LIFETIME
    Accurate Path Mapped
    visit thornton idaho
    PATH OF TOTALITY (world map link)
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    .. In just 8 months a celestial event will grace us with it's presence: a total solar eclipse. Absolute totality is a rare sight.
    .. We get to see partial eclipses frequently enough. But a total eclipse in the neighborhood is a rarity. We've put it on our calendar.
    .. On August 21, 2017, for two minutes and seventeen seconds the world around Thornton,  Idaho will not be able to see the sun.
    .. The time for the start of totality at Thornton is 11:33:14AM (MDT). 
    .. An absolute total eclipse is qualitatively so much different than a partial eclipse: even one that is nearly total.
    .. Jackson, Wyoming and Teton Village, Wyoming will have the same length of totality starting at 11:35 AM.
    .. For about an hour and fifteen minutes on either side of totality the event will be noticeable. At totality only the corona will be visible. In our village it will only be a partial eclipse. We will travel to see totality.
    .. Speaking of eclipses: this will be a good year to be in our neighborhood. On February 10, 2017 there is a penumbral lunar event. 
    .. If you are in the neighborhood plan to see not see it. We'll remind you again when it's time to stop your catching.
    .. Time for the shoveling snow drill and then, a couple of eggs with the second pot of coffee.
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    Up To 500

    SWARM GOING STRONG
    Not unusual Yet
    fishing; pretty good
    THE LATEST SWARM MAP
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    .. Seismologists at the University of Utah note that our current extensive earthquake swarm is a bit unusual but no cause for worry, [LINK-EQ.]   We're up to 500 over the last couple of weeks.
    .. Back in 1985 there was a swarm of more than 3,000 temblors over a three month period. In 2010 we saw 2,000 shakers in about three weeks. Folks don't much talk about them because they don't feel them. That's that !!
    .. Same to report once again. Bright sun most of the day is followed by overcast and widely scattered afternoon and evening thunder showers.
    TRY IT -  LIKE IT
    .. The usual suspects are being flung through the air - and then some.
    .. Soft hackles are working on the Firehole River, (yawn.) The same, plus caddis on the Madison River, (big yawn.)
    .. Up at the Fan Creek Meadows on the Gallatin River there are finally some visitors = even catching fish.
    SELDOM SEEN HEREABOUTS
    .. We slogged through the thick willows up in the meadows of Bacon Rind Creek.
    .. The traffic was slight on the dusty track and the trails are not yet worn down to the 'easy' stage.
    .. Scared several fish clean out of their scales.
    .. Danced with and captured a monster ten-incher. Bless it's air bladder, it landed itself by jumping on the grassy bank. It took a pretty messy Sierra Bright Dot.
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    .. The neighbors have this strange notion that entering the park early today might be a clever tactic. Off we go - they have a mission to perform.
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    WALLPAPER:  VEGETABLE SOUP

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Old White Guys

    GET RICH NOW
    Our Government-Fail
    go fish & avoid it all
    THE SENATE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
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    .. Fishing is a good escape from activism.The cares of the world rapidly slip from our shoulders and splash quietly in our favorite waters.
    .. It becomes easy to ignore how the government plays with our future. It's easy to ignore the secrets of the back rooms in congress. Go fishing and let it pass.
    .. On the whole, our society is fat, dumb and, happy. The leisure class and the poor class are very well off in world comparisons.
    WHILE WE FISH
    .. While we fish the current administration is gutting the health care system of our country. While we fish the EPA is, (by design and executive fiat,) enforcing less with fewer staff.
    .. While we fish the interior department with even fewer staff is aiming to reduce or eliminate public land set-asides.
    .. The oft, (wrongly,) cited example that "NERO FIDDLED WHILE ROME BURNED," comes to mind. Let us all fish as our democracy crumbles.
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    .. Now that the overcast has exited stage right we are blessed with tourist weather.
    WORKS WELL
    .. There is still hope for serious fishers. The Firehole River is still worth fishing with PMD's and White Miller Caddis - if you like 'em on the top. Fish are still pretty angry and slapping soft hackles with gay abandon.
    .. Should you need to catch more fish the bead head fuzzy flies are doing well. Fish them slow and in the dark water windows near the bank. Watch the sun and pick your shade.
    WORKS BETTER
    .. The Madison River has cleared nicely and is a good choice for catching. Soft hackles are the go to selection. In National Park Meadows there are still some willing takers for surface and sunken stoneflies = big or little = black or yellow. Have at it.
    .. There are even some caddis flitting around the parking areas at both the Barns Holes and Baker's Hole.
    .. Up through the construction area there are excellent places in the small canyon of the Gibbon River.
    DOWN AT CHOCOLATE POT
    .. If you are willing to brave some steep banks there are fine pools and riffled runs for the taking.
    .. Even the Campground Pool at Norris is plunking out happy dance partners.
    .. Even a Grayling or two can be had at this location.
    .. Should you choose to investigate the 'too cold water' of the Gallatin River in the park we suggest that it's not too cold.
    .. Soft hackles through the gentle riffles will serve you well. Smashed caddis and debris imitations through the slicks will  easily entice the hungry fish.
    .. There are a few deep clear bends that are entertaining. Get down and sneak up. Toss a Prince Nymph way upstream and watch the easily visible fish reach out and suck it up.
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    .. The sun is out, the lines are long, the bison and ground squirrles are causing massive traffic jams. Most of the bears have moved up and all is well with the flood of visitors.
    .. We're going to sleep off breakfast and then pack a lunch for this evening's frenzy.
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    WALLPAPER:  RHUBARB & CURRANT PIE