Archive for August, 2008

August 9th-A Rainy Weekend

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Good Morning folks. Heavy rains yesterday have left the Yellowstone Basin in thick fog this morning. Absolutely beautiful! Early morning light cast a pink underbelly on all the low hanging clouds, reflecting in the glass smooth surface of Hebgen Lake. What a way to start the day! The forecast is more of the same afternoon t-storms all weekend. Be aware that this could muddy up the rivers in the Northeast corner of Yellowstone. It usually takes at least a couple of days for the Lamar and Soda Butte to clear. We should have an updated report on the NE corner by tomorrow. Fishing was good yesterday prior to the torrential rain and hurricane winds. Spruce Moths are the order of the day lately, and it wise to have plenty of them in the fly box. it is shaping into one of the best months of August that we have had for a long time. Terrestrials are going to be the major player for the next 4 to 5 weeks! See you on the water!


August 8th-What a Great Womens’ Week

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Good Morning, we just finished up the Firehole Ranch’s first ever Women’s Week and it was a complete blast. What a great group of ladies, many of whom had not fished before or had done very little. I believe we have some new addicts to the sport! The week started out with half of the first day in Fly Fishing School 101, an in-depth course into the details of fly fishing, the who, what, where, when, and hows of this great sport. Later that day we hit the Madison to put the book learning to practical use. This was followed by three days of “on the river” clinics. Each clinic had a focus and theme that dictated the day on the water. Some of the clinics were-Small Stream Fishing in Yellowstone, Drift Boat Fishing and how it differs and is similiar to wade fishing, FLy Fishing 201, Casting Accurately, and several more. We hit many rivers over the course of 4 days and were able to experience a  variety of different fishing conditions. Overall Women’s Week was a tremendous success and I am already looking forward to next year.

As for the fishing it continues to be very good as we start to make the transition from the aquatic insect soup of July, to the hearty terrestrial entree of August. The click-clack of Hopper wings serenede anglers every day on about every river in this area. Many of these hoppers are getting quite large as they feast on the remaining green grasses that are lining the area’s rivers. Spruce Moths, beetles, ants, crickets, and a few flying ants have joined in the cooking pot and the fish are delighted. The Madison is quickly turing to these large morsels. Make sure you have a good selection of Chilly Dogs, Foam Flying Ants, Fat Alberts, and beetles to fool these tougher to fool trout. The NE corner of Yellowstone is also fishing well with theses land based food items. The same arsenal is important on on the streams here as well. As is the case more and more every year, make sure you have some spruce moths with you. Hebgen and Quake are also hitting their stride for the savy angler willing to try the challenges of still water. Look for this continue into the beginning of September. Anyway fishing is very good and it is time to hit the water! Thanks again to everyone who participated in Women’s Week, and a special thanks to Alice Owsley who made it all happen.

August 3rd-Women’s Week at the Firehole Ranch!!!

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Good Morning-it is Women’s Week at the Firehole Ranch and everybody here is very excited. Alice Owsley has planned a great event for all the Women who are attending our first annual week dedicated to the female angler. As we write, Fly Fishing 101 is getting the new anglers caught up with the jargon and techniques unique to this wonderful sport. Later, we all be on the Madison River knee deep in the guts of this sport, casting, knot tying, insect identification, reading water, and hopefully catching a couple gorgeous Madison River Rainbows, Browns, and Whiteys.

Tomorrow Women’s Week continues with 3 days of on the river clinics that will cover specific topics, giving the participants a more in depth, and on hands experience with the varied aspects of fly fishing. Some of these exciting clinics will cover the many ways to tackle the art of Nymph Fishing. From the various rigs, to the techniques and casts used to more effectively fish under the surface. Some Lady anglers will be headed out for the day to see if they can catch 6 species of fish in one day. Several different rivers will be need to be fished in order to accomplish this feat! Each day will provide everyone the opportunity to choose from these clinics and many more. I must say that I and the other guides have been looking forward to this week all season and are very excited to be a part of this format! The First Annual Women’s Week at the Firehole Ranch promises to be a great event for everybody.
As for the fishing, it continues to be very good throughout our region. The Madison has dropped in flow, but the fishing remains strong. Good caddis activity, along with a smattering of PMD’s and Epeorus have the fish on the feed. Both wade fishing and floating has been good. The Hoppers are making their way towards the river, as the hills are turning the late summer gold! Look for terrestrial fishing to really improve this week. Keep an eye out for both Spruce Moths and Flying Ants! The Park is fishing great, from the small out of the way streams, to the big dogs like the Lamar, Soda Butte, and Slough Creek. Terrestrials are really beginning to show over here, with flies like the Chilly Dog and Fat Albertas taking the cake for the Big Cuttys. The Gallatin continues to fish well, but beware the biting fly, they can carry you away if you are not careful! The Fork of Henry’s Fame is also fishing good, with the Box continuing to fish great for the anglers willing to ply the depths. A big Rainbow is always a possibility here, but your “A” fighting the fish game, has to be on to land these potential pigs! August is a great time to put on the hiking shoes and hit a few of those out of the way places that you keep promising yourself that you are going to see. Grab a handful of attractors and terrestrials and try them out this month! The  Fly Word for the Month-Chilly Dog!