Sept 9th-It has been awhile
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!!!