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  • 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
  • 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 JulyπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ.
    .. 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

    Tuesday, June 30, 2020

    The Bison Chronicles

    PLEASE BE CAREFUL
    They're Wild Critters
    they will hurt you
    NPS / Jacob W. Frank
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    Woman gored after approaching bison in Yellowstone National Park; Always stay more than 25 yards away from bison


    . News Release Date: June 29, 2020

    Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015
    • After a 72-year-old woman from California approached within 10 feet of a bison multiple times to take its photo, the animal gored her. 
    • The incident occurred on the evening of June 25, 2020, at the female’s campsite at Bridge Bay Campground.  
    • Rangers provided immediate medical care to the woman who sustained multiple goring wounds. She was then flown via helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.  
    • “The series of events that led to the goring suggest the bison was threatened by being repeatedly approached to within 10 feet,” said Yellowstone’s Senior Bison Biologist Chris Geremia. “Bison are wild animals that respond to threats by displaying aggressive behaviors like pawing the ground, snorting, bobbing their head, bellowing, and raising their tail. If that doesn’t make the threat (in this instance it was a person) move away, a threatened bison may charge. To be safe around bison, stay at least 25 yards away, move away if they approach, and run away or find cover if they charge.” 
    • This incident is under investigation. There is no additional information to share. 
    • Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild. When an animal is near a campsite, trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay more than 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals - bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity.  
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    FAN WING ROYAL COACHMAN
    .. Our cool weather interlude has provided some rain and drizzle. This has kept the Firehole River at a temperature that will be, at least, worth trying in the early morning. Get there at sunup and fish the shadows. unless baetids are in your ears or, PMD's in your nose, stick with Soft Hackles and San Juan Worms.
    .. Nez Perce Creek - below the bridge can be good with small nymphs below an attractor fly like a Royal Coachman.
    .. The Madison River still has the trout eating large black stuff. Try it you'll like it. The neighbors have braved the beaver ponds with success.
    BEAD BELLY WORM
    .. Down around the Baker's Hole some large residents are feeding right at the interpretive sign on the Montana side of the river.
    .. Bits and pieces of the Gibbon River have been yielding dance partners in the deep riffles and under the deep recesses of the shaded banks. In the small meadows at - and above the campground there is a good crop of healthy and feisty Brook Trout that are waiting for a tussle.
    ..Park safely and exit your car with caution. The mobile condominiums are more reckless this year than in recent memory.
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    WALLPAPER:  MADISON RIVER EXPLORER

    Friday, June 26, 2020

    Can It Be ?

    FOUR FIVE CONQUERORS?
    Woke For July 3 ?
    exclusive or inclusive ?
    A NATIVE AMERICAN SACRILEGE ?
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    .. Some interesting facts:
    1) Washington and Jefferson both held slaves,
    2)  Lincoln, though he led the abolition of slavery, also approved the hanging of 38 Dakota men in Minnesota after a violent conflict with invading white settlers there,
    3)  Roosevelt, a good Republican, is reported to have said, "I don't go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of every ten are." He also said, "the most vicious cowboy has more moral principle than the average Indian.” {LINK}
    ..  For many Native American people, including the Lakota, Cheyenne, Omaha, Arapaho, Kiowa and Kiowa-Apache, the monument is a desecration of the Black Hills, which they consider sacred. Lakota people know the area as Paha Sapa — "the heart of everything that is."
    .. So, of course, our president a good Republican,  has scheduled a major event at the monument. We have had our head shaken by this juxtaposition of perceptions in this time of conflict, pandemic and, national unrest.
    ..  Unlikely as it is, many fly fishers, feather merchants, fishing web sites, and YouTube channels avoid comment on the reality of this moment in history; we are fully cognizant of the sociopolitical atmosphere surrounding us. It is troubling! We cannot avoid comment. Silence is not enough.
    .. For this celebration of Independence Day, we're trapped in a little tourist town with 1/4 of the shops closed. Montana is not fully "open" yet. Entitled visitors from around the world are trouping through our village. There are very few face masks present. The grocery store aisles are full of normal appearing folks searching the empty shelves.
    .. The surreal aspects of our daily existence are entirely missed by those entitled visitors = fly fishers included. We've lost our part time gig due to closures. We're free to observe from our car, porch, patio, and occasional forays into the grocery store, post office, hardware store and gas station = such an awakening. May this never happen again!
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    CADDIS TO GO
    .. Yesterday's mid-day thunder boomers brought some hail and cool rains to the neighborhood. The result was a brief respite from the warm weather and a moderate period of excellent evening catching.
    .. The Firehole River will be fishable for the coming weekend. Catchable is another question. Temperature spikes to 70°F are already here. Early morning is best - very late evening is a fair bet as well. Stick with soft hackles in the shadows. Don't spend any effort with surface flies unless the critters are crawling in your ears. If so, they are probably caddis of one sort or another.
    .. The Madison River has fared better this year. Catching has succumbed to the "Madison Holy Trinity" = caddis. PMD and, soft hackles. A dozen of each should endear you to the local counter help. Remember that surface flies may be drowned and still catch those pesky trout.
    COACHMAN HACKLE
    .. Early morning should find you parked in a wide dirt spot on the Gibbon River. Get there early and pound the riffles and dark slicks with large nymphs.
    .. By noon time refugees from the other rivers will inundate the road and the parking spots. When it becomes elbow-crazy a small movement can continue your catching,
    .. The meadows around the museum of the ranger and, upstream are full of brook trout and the occasional grayling. This is a good place to practice your stealth stalking skills. Just about any fly on  the surface will bring strikes. Good, long drifts, are best. Don't be too quick of wrist. The little fish often miss and come back for seconds.
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    .. With a few neighbors and, no dogs, we're headed to a secluded bend on the Notellum River at the edge of the park boundary. A small fire just beyond the park line and a few steaks, (nearly a week's rent,) along with a cool one and great fellowship with young skeptics and old grouches should celebrate our independence.😎😎😎😎
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    WALLPAPER:  CANNELLINI SOUP WITH BACON GARNISH


    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

    S.3422

    FOR ALL OF US
    Just Passed The Senate
    fix deferred maintenance
    BIPARTISAN ACTION
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    .. Senate Bill S.3422 just passed the senate and, (barring a presidential veto,) is set to become law.  This is a bill that is about investing in the next generation of Montana outdoors men and women and ensuring our public lands can be enjoyed well into their future.
    .. Follow the bill HERE
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    CLIPPED STIMMI
    .. We're getting a week of on-&-off drizzle. The caddis are sparse, the white millers are present, big bugs in the Madison River and Firehole Canyon. Just perfect for the old Seal Dry crew.
    .. There is plenty of parking in Yellowstone National Park. There is plenty pf parking for shopping in our village. Wear a face mask and tread gently. 
    .. Grocery stores have some empty shelves. Deliveries are on Wednesday!!!
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    WALLPAPER:  HAM & SWISS SANDWICH

    Tuesday, June 16, 2020

    The Real Montana

    GENUINE AMERICANS
    Real Smart Folks
    can it truly be ???

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    WALLPAPER: Salami_n_Onion Bun