Sweet Sixteen Fishing Tournament – Yellowstone Region First Round Winners
Post courtesy of Rowan Nyman, Senior Firehole Ranch Guide
The Firehole Ranch Fishing Tournament enters its second round, with the results from the Yellowstone Region coming at you. The first round had some great match-ups.
A quick recap:
#1 seed Madison River vs #8 seed Grayling Creek
#2 seed Yellowstone River vs. #7 seed Gibbon River
#3 seed Lamar River vs. #6 Ruby River
#4 seed Hebgen Lake vs. #5 seed Quake Lake
WINNER #1 Madison River
As expected the Madison River breezed through the first round with a dominating performance over the feisty and diminutive Grayling Creek. Despite offering many strengths, such as a soul cleansing isolation game, Grayling Creek couldn’t hold its ground versus the all around game that the Madison brings to the table. The Madison had a strong season and brought that to the matchup. Float and wade, browns and rainbows, riffle and rock, mayfly and caddis, stonefly and midge, dry fly and nymphs, streamers or soft hackle, the Madison threw every play out there and ran away with it!
WINNER #2 Yellowstone River
The whole tournament was put on notice after this game was over. The Yellowstone came to play big time. With over 400 miles of free flowing river, the Yellowstone brought a diversity of style to the floor that overmatched the quaint and sneaky game of the Gibbon. The star for the Yellowstone was the brilliant play of the Yellowstone Cutthroat that would inspect every offering the Gibbon had with professorial intent. Slice and dice every aspect of the Yellowstone and you come up with a winner.
WINNER #6 Ruby River
Our first bracket busting upset occurred in this intense match-up. The Lamar came in cruising with a beautiful game of unparalleled scenery, native Cutties, and world class dry fly fishing that really could match up against any other river or lake in the tournament. But the Ruby snuck up on the Lamar with its bigs; nice size Rainbows and Browns, and good hatches, and overpowered the Lamar down the stretch in the final minutes.
WINNER #5 Quake Lake
Wow, what a game. We really hope you didn’t miss it. Two heavy weights went at it for the full 40, never letting down for one moment, but in the end Quake Lake came out on top. Despite the legendary “Gulpers” of Hebgen and their 12 weeks of consistent dry fly fishing, Quake Lake grinded out the win. This one could have gone either way, but Quake Lake had a ringer in the game named Spruce Moth, and it overpowered the star player for Hebgen, Callibaetis. Quake Lake’s game is just plain spooky, not for the faint of heart, but simply reel screaming fun!