Archive for October, 2009

October 23rd-Only 2 weekends left

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Good Evening Folks,

It is a sad thing for me to post here but the fishing season in Yellowstone National Park is winding down. Only two weekends of fun and frolic in our 1st National Park are left. So we better go out with a bang. The weather is doing its best to provide that bang, with a plethora of clouds and coolness. What does that have to do with anything, well if you are a Baetis it means you and a bazillion of your closest friends can party like there is no tomorrow (of which in entomological terms there really isn’t). Intense hatches of Baetis have been blanketing the Firehole, Henry’s Fork, and Madison Rivers. Likewise on the Gallatin, Ruby, and Yellowstone. My favorite little bug is putting on quite a finale as the season winds down. These gray days are begging for a black wing Baetis cripple #20, and I have been doing my best to oblige. Foam is home folks, and Baetis pile into these slack water foam magnets in masses. Take a look at the photo and you will see why the foam is where it is at. Foam is almost always where I turn to first in the shoulder seasons to find rising trout. The diminutive bugs seem very prone to getting trapped in its frothy grasp. Nose city! The days are dwindling, and although there is plenty of fishing outside the Park to keep me in fishing shape over the next wintry months, I am going to get my Park fill while I still can.
May all your fish be risers.

October 16th—A Couple of Beautiful Days

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Good Day to Everybody,

The weekend is shaping into a beautiful classic October couple of days. Highs in the upper 50’s are forecasted and you can bet there will be a few fisherman out soaking in the nice weather. October has been a very snow filled month so far, and all the clouds have made the fish happy. Baetis should continue throughout the month on all the area rivers, with the best action occurring on cloudy afternoons. Streamer fishing continues to produce aggressive fish from the Lower Madison up through and into the Park stretch. Somedays its all about color-white? yellow? black? Other days its is all about retrieve rates-fast? slow? erratic? And other days it is a combination-fast, deep and erratic? slow, shallow, and seductive? Experimentation can be the key to successful streamer fishing in the Fall. Nymphing will always be good this time of year with small Shop Vacs, Crystal Serendipities, and SJW’s being a good lead fly. But I wouldn’t nymph without a #18-#20 pheasant tail this time of year. So my rig usually consists of a shop vac with a PT dropper, both on 5x. Time to get out there and fish!


Posted in Fishing on October 10th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Good Morning Fly Fishing Fans,

It is cold in the Yellowstone area. How cold is it, cold enough for snow, ice, and all the trappings of winter. Our weather took a serious turn towards a winter like state this past week, and many local fishers discovered they had a seasonal case of Baetisitis. How do you know that you have this affliction? A couple of signs to look for: First, you have little to no feeling in your hands, possibly your feet, and you might be questioning whether you have ears. Second, your shaking and it is not from the extreme cold, but rather from the sheer number of small insects that are floating down the river in front of you. Third, that said river your standing in (freezing your you know what’s off) is the Madison, Firehole, or Henry’s Fork. Fourth, you have a silly smile on your face, because despite the suffering, you are actually having more fun than really should be legal. Baetisitis. I have it bad! The winter weather has brought out this diminutive drab olive colored mayfly in droves, and the fish staring at a long cold winter diet of the occasional midge or nymph, are gorging in spades. All the local rivers will see hatches of this mayfly for the next couple of weeks. Don’t be in too much of a rush to hit the water, usually 11:00am is the earliest you need to be there to capitalize on this awesome fishing. The Baetis at this time of the year are small, 22’s or even 24’s, so visibility becomes a huge issue. When snow is pelting you in the face, and your imitation is lost in a sea of naturals, you know you have the disease too! I love black winged cripples this time of year. If the water has that oily gray colored slickness to it, try the black wing, and I think you will be amazed at how easy a size 22 can be to see. If the sun is shining, and yes Baetis do emerge on sunny days, try a gray winged Epix Sparkle Dun or Cripple. I also usually go right to long and fine, meaning, 12 foot leaders down to 6x tippet. Small flies in micro currents get a more natural like drift on lighter tippet and leaders. I also like to cut the distance that I am casting down to as a short as possible (this is actually always true), so taking the time to carefully approach your rising target can be essential for good drifts, being able to see your fly, and setting the hook properly with such a small offering. Anyway I can feel the need to freeze, so my case of baetisitis is still going on strong. I think the Firehole is calling my name.
See you on the river.

The Beginning of Fall in Full

Posted in Fishing on October 2nd, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Good Afternoon,

A little sunshine is gracing the Yellowstone Basin today, highlighting the snow that draped the area from the past 2 days storm. Our days of sunny and 70 are over until next year, but the excitement of true fall is riding the crisp mountain air, like the bugle of elk, the gaggeling of Mallards, and the swish of Spey lines. Snow is forecasted for our near future and it is time to break out the baetis cripples, sparkle duns, emergers, and Sawyer PT’s. Unless your chasing spawners in the Madison, there is no need for the dry fly fisher to hit the water before 10am, or even noon, if it is really cold. Baetis love this cloudy weather, so layer up with fleece and gore-tex, and tie on 24″ of 6x tippet, and brave those elements that make fishing this time of year so rewarding. Now if dry fly fishing is not your game, streamers have got to be. October provides some of the best chances to chase big fish with big flies. The Madison through its entire length, gives us one of the best opportunities to drag feathery bait in attempt to evoke the wrath of Salmo trutta. There may not be anything quite as exciting as stripping a Yellow Zonker off the banks of the Madison, from a drift boat, and watching a Brown Trout lose its mind in greed and anger. I personally keep it pretty simple this time of year-Zonkers and Woolly Buggers in Black White, and Yellow—size #6 please—and I am a happy fisher. Time to strip or rise, whatever your game might be!