June 23rd-Beautiful Day Forecasted

Posted in Fishing on June 23rd, 2010 by rowannyman – Be the first to comment

Good Morning Folks,

It is forecasted to be a glorious day today. Highs in the low 70’s, lots of blue sky and sunshine, and light winds. Fish or no fish it will be a great day to be on a river somewhere. Who I am kidding, it will be even greater, if the fishing is good too! Speaking of our finny friends and their willingness to eat, the fishing in this area has been pretty good lately. The Henry’s Fork is leading the pack from top to bottom. The Box has been steady as always with nymphs. Large rubberlegs trailed by an assortment of shop vacs, lightning bugs and thin mints have been golden. The Ranch section is pumping out the hatches in sporadic fashion, but the determined angler can find a few of the big boys up sipping caddis, PMD’s, and spinners. The Lower Fork is a mixed bag with some dry fly fishing with Green Drakes, PMD’s and Caddis, as well as solid nymphing with what I like to refer to as the usual suspects-Shop Vacs, Crystal Serendipities, and $3 Serendipities. The Madison’s flows have dropped significantly and the clarity is improving daily, although I still think we are 4 to 8 days away from clear water. But the chuck and duck fisherman can have a grand time in the roily water. Woolly buggers, and SJW’s are leading the way but as the water drops look for smaller nymphs to begin to take more fish, such as Princes and Guide Dips. The Firehole continues to fish well, PMD’s and caddis are daily events here, but with the sunny weather look for the best activity to be early and late.Keep an eye out for yellow sallies in the middle of the day on the Foxhole, they can provide some surprisingly good mid day action. The Madison in the Park is also fishing well with PMD”s and caddis, as well as a few salmonflies, and evening Baetis. I am hoping we will see some gray drakes here this spring/summer, but I have not seen or heard of any reports of them yet.

Well the sun is up, blue sky dominates the view, and it is time to wet a line.


June 20th-Magical Day

Posted in Fishing on June 20th, 2010 by rowannyman – Be the first to comment

Good Morning Folks,

There are dates throughout the summer that mark some event in the Yellowstone fishing world. Some of them are official, like opening day of fishing season in Yellowstone National Park, and others are like today, artificial target dates for some legendary hatch that typically start on or around that day. Today is June 20th, and it has always been in my fish crazed brain, that today is the day to start looking for Green Drakes on the Ranch section of the Henry’s Fork. But one of the things I really enjoy about are area is how different it is from year to year, and target dates are sometimes thrown askew by water conditions, weather patterns, and numerous other factors, both known and unknown. So it is with today, we find that based on present conditions, alot of the hatches are behind by a week or so. Green Drakes have just started on the lower Fork, and are probably a few days away from showing up in the Ranch. Salmonflies, typically found very early in June on the Madison in the Park, are still holding on in there, and have provided some good fishing for the savy angler, but still around on June 20th, c’mon! ┬áThe Madison below Quake, while fishing fine, is still very off color and this is unusually late for this stretch to start to clear. It could be a week or more before we see clear conditions down here. There are many dates in this area, that in the winter I keep in fresh in my mind as memories of when a favorite hatch will show and the fish will rise. I eagerly look forward to those dates, and I hope that I am fortunate enough to catch the hatch one more time. So today is magical in my mind, my favorite hatch, on the most legendary stretch of trout water in the world begins today, or not. But one way or the other we will be on the river, waving a stick, and trying our best to fool the trout into thinking these dates will coincide with our expectations and hopes.


June 14th-Day 1 in the books

Posted in Fishing on June 14th, 2010 by rowannyman – Be the first to comment

Good Morning Folks,

A beautiful day in Yellowstone country is in store for us today. Highs in the upper 60’s, light winds, and plenty of sunshine. It will be a good day to be on a river somewhere taking it all in. Things are going to happen quickly in the next couple of weeks as the area transitions from spring run-off conditions to more stable summer flows. Keep a watch out for the glory bugs of Yellowstone in the upcoming weeks, especially my all time favorite, the Green Drake. Along with this olive giant of the Mayfly world, it’s close relatives Brown and Gray Drakes are on the horizon as well. Salmonlfies will begin to be the buzz too in the upcoming weeks as the rivers begin to clear and drop. Goldenstones can appear anytime and bring large trout to the surface on many of the area’s rivers. Yesterday Warm River to Ashton on the Fork we saw several Green Drakes, but more importantly we caught numerous fish on #12 Green Drake Cripples. It is a pleasure indeed to fish such a large fly to willing trout. The Madison has dropped some, but remains off color. Buggers and Worms fished close to the banks can fool a trout or two for the diligent angler.

Time to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather.

June 12th 2010-Opening Day at Firehole Ranch

Posted in Fishing on June 12th, 2010 by rowannyman – Be the first to comment

Welcome everybody!

It is opening day for the Firehole Ranch and the first guests of the year arrive today. I cannot convey how excited we are for this season. A very wet spring has filled the rivers and lakes, and promises to keep us in good water conditions all season. Fresh snow hit the peaks around Yellowstone yesterday, and daily rain showers have the Greater Yellowstone region bursting with spring.

So what is the fishing like right now, well let’s talk about that. Despite high water on a variety of the area’s Blue Ribbon trout streams, there are numerous options for the guests at the Ranch this week. The Lower Henry’s Fork has been fishing well from Warm River to the Fall River with caddis, Baetis, and the year’s first PMD’s. A few salmonflies are also still hanging on, giving the angler the opportunity to throw the big bugs, as well as smaller attractors. Box Canyon is consistent as always, giving the nymphomaniac plenty of opportunities at large Rainbows. Big rubberlegs teamed up with smaller beadheads are the ticket here. A float down the Box is also a great way to see many of our migratory spring birds in full breeding plumage. The Firehole in the Park is fishing very well with caddis and PMD’s. When the fish aren’t rising, try swinging a variety of soft hackles to tempt the finny denizens of this unique treasure. The lower Madison is in pretty bad shape at the moment, as high and very dirty water make fishing below the West Fork very difficult. But wade anglers will find enough clarity in the wade water for Montana style chuck and duck. Big nymphs and streamers fished seductively close to the banks can fool the aggressive Brown and Rainbows at this time of year. Hebgen Lake can be great in June with morning and evening midge emergences. Now these midges are not your typical size 20+ you got to be kidding me type. Instead they are a friendly size #14-#16, and get the trout crazy for the topside. A parachute adams with a bead head serendipity or copper john can be an exciting offering. There are also a couple of small stream gems that fish well at this time of year. So for everyone coming to the Firehole Ranch this season lets start the fishing with a bang.

October 23rd-Only 2 weekends left

Posted in Fishing on October 23rd, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

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.