Archive for September, 2009

Thanks to All for a great Summer

Posted in Fishing on September 30th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Good Morning Folks,

First and Foremost I wanted to say thanks to everyone who came to fish at the Firehole Ranch this summer. It was a fantastic season, filled with new and old friends, lots of fish, and great weather. I am already looking forward to seeing and fishing with all of you again next summer. It is never to early to look forward to good fishing! There were many highlights this past summer and I plan on touching on a few of them in the upcoming weeks via this blog. But for the moment anyway we are going to talk about September. What a glorious month this turned out to be. Everyday was in the 70’s and sunny. No clouds, no rain, just beautiful Indian Summer. No one in the area can remember a September this amazing. Each day was truly an honor to be able to be standing in a river, waving a stick, and soaking in the sun. Everyone here has been basking in our good fortune,…..BUT….this morning the other face of September has roared to life. Rain and Snow are in our future, and while I am getting ready to head into the Park to shoot photos of elk this morning, I can hear the rain and wind pelting the side of the cabin. With rain and snow, you can bet the little commando’s will emerge today on all the area’s waters. Baetis, Baetis and more Baetis are on tap for the next couple of days. You can bank on the fact that after dancing with elk, I will be plying the currents of the Firehole River with a #22 Baetis Cripple. The sun is due up in minutes so it is time to go, but stay tuned this fall and winter, as we attempt to keep you in touch with the Firehole Ranch, and the greater Yellowstone area.

Sept 9th-It has been awhile

Posted in Fishing on September 9th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Good Day Everyone,

I always complain about websites that don’t keep their fishing reports current, well…it is time I stop complaining and start writing. Sorry for the delay on the blog, the fishing has been keeping us busy. So lets get to it—-how has the fishing been? Well it has been a real mixed bag lately. We are transitioning into our fall season and the transition from season to season (spring to summer and summer to fall) is always a bit finicky. The Madison has taken the brunt of the off and on nature of this transition time. Today it was on, and the Rainbows were stalking the hapless hopper in a big way, big time. But just last week there were guides on the River (myself included) that were swearing (literally) that all the big trout in the river had been abducted by aliens and flown to a distant planet. But that is the nature of fishing, and one of the great mysteries of the sport that keep it enchanting and incredibly interesting. One day they are there, the next nothin’, and “there is jus no splaining it”. The Gallatin has also been a mixture of hot and cold, but this has been a reaction of this water to the weather more than anything. The never go away Spruce Moth, is still providing lots of action on the warm days, but the colder days are seeing a slow down in the action. If it does cloud up, I would wait until late afternoon and then hit the Park stretch for Mahogany Duns and baetis. Pay attention to the slow margins and undercut banks for risers looking for the season’s last mayfly emergences. The Henry’s Fork has been very good and has been an exception to the turbulent nature of the fishing lately. Warm River to Ashton has been rock steady, especially with nymphs. The Shop Vac rules this land, but the Woolly Bugger wants its throne back and it has brought along a few reinforcements in the name of Mr Rubberlegs, and Miss Leech. The larger fish in this stretch are on the prowl for these larger morsels. The Box has also been a producer as the lower flows have been a boon to the dedicated nympher. Grass will keep you busy messing with your rig, but so will big rainbows, mid size rainbows, and tiny rainbows. Dips and Vacs are a deadly one-two punch here. Look for the Firehole River to hit our radar this week as the caddis begin their fall emergence, especially on the warm mornings and evenings. Cloudy days will bring out baetis in droves on this river, but they are a bit on the small side at this time of year. Be prepared , for these Baetis are small, and I mean small, 22’s to 24’s are common. The fishing is in its fall phase, and as the willows and aspens begin to turn color, the elk begin to bugle, and the ducks begin to fill up Hebgen, the fishing will continue to compete for our attention.
Fish On everybody!!!