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Rob and Aidan’s Fishing Trip to West Yellowstone, America

Posted in Guests on September 6th, 2010 by blakelyjam – Be the first to comment

A perfect fit.
A few weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hosting Rob and Aidan Bell, a father/son duo from the United Kingdom on their vacation to the fly fishing waters of southern Montana. Each day started and ended in the dining room, where my fellow servers and I awaited the day’s stories from the two of them. It was clear from the day Rob and Aidan arrived that this was a special trip; a birthday gift, we later found out, from Aidan to his father. They had heard of Firehole Ranch off and on throughout the years from fellow fishermen and different publications in the UK. That, combined with Rob’s reading of Norman Maclean’s “A River Runs Through It,” planted the seed that finally brought them to the Ranch to fish the waters of Montana. We couldn’t have been more pleased to host them, and it seems the feeling was mutual as Rob and Aidan returned each night bursting with stories from the day with their guide, Josh Duchateau. It was quite clear that Rob’s first trip to the United States would not soon be forgotten.

The one that got away…
One of Rob’s fishing stories from the week seems an unlikely story to tell, but illustrates what a true fisherman Rob is, and what fishing is often about. Josh, Aidan and Rob started the day by hiking up the Bighorn trail between West Yellowstone and Big Sky to the headwaters of the Gallatin River in Yellowstone National Park. After about three miles, they arrived at the fishing spot. It was beautiful. Kneeling on the bank, Rob was instructed to cast upstream to a ledge. It was a spot Josh was certain would hold a cutbow, their desired catch of the day. Rob made what each of the men present said was an absolutely perfect cast; exactly in the spot intended. Sure enough, a cutbow rose out of the water and took the fly. It was then that Rob should have set the hook, the fish should have put up his fight and eventually been landed and then released back to his watery home. Yet Rob missed the take. He watched the cutbow rise, mouth the fly and then return to his bubbly perch on the ledge. He was only moments too late in setting the hook. Rob was surely disappointed and said he wanted so badly to return his fly to the same spot and catch that fish…he knew he could do it. But, he left the fish behind and went on to catch other cutbows that day, perhaps realizing that the experience in itself was perfectly imperfect; the hike, the ledge, the cast, the fish, the take…and the miss.

“…where everybody knows your name…”
When asked how they would describe the staff at Ranch to their friends and family back home, Rob and Aidan sang the praises of Josh, as well as the rest of the Firehole staff.  “Within 20 minutes, everyone knew us by name and it felt real and genuine; like we were being invited into a big family.”  They described Josh as very trustworthy and appreciated his expertise and thoughtful, real conversation on the banks of the waters.

A gift foRob & Aidan Bell at Firehole Ranchr all.
Hosting Aidan’s gift vacation to his father was an honor for all of us here at the Firehole Ranch. We of course asked what we could do to convince them to return.  Their answer was, “Nothing.  We’d come back anytime.”

Thank you, Rob and Aidan, for reminding us how lucky we are not only to live in this spectacular place that we call home for a few months of the year, but also to share it with such a warm group of guests and staff.

July 6th-Salmonflies

Posted in Fishing on July 6th, 2010 by rowannyman – Be the first to comment

Good Morning Everyone,

They are back, and in full force. Salmonflies are moving there way up the Madison and Gallatin Rivers. These size 6 monsters are finding their way into the watery currents, much to the trout’s delight. Salmonflies have been spotted as high up as Palisades on the Madison and Big Sky on the Gallatin. Good weather for this bug activity is in the forecast for the next couple of days, so it is time to grab your favorite imitation cover some water. Look for goldenstones, caddis and PMD’s to join the party, and be aware that many times the fish actually prefer one of the “lesser” insects. Nymphing has been good and frequently the best “salmonfly fishing” is done with the nymphal imitations. The Henry’s Fork continues to shine, and a stew of bugs are emerging riverwide. Brown Drakes in the Ranch, Flavs in the lower river, and PMD’s in the Box are just some of the highlights. Many of the small streams in the Park are on the verge of busting loose. Look for the NE corner to be a viable option very soon. July is always an exciting month to fishi in the greater Yellowstone area, and with this year being a little later than normal look for this July to be even more exciting.


June 29th-Summer, Summer, and more Summer

Posted in Fishing on June 29th, 2010 by rowannyman – Be the first to comment

Good Morning Everyone,

Summer is in full swing this week, with daytime highs reaching into the 80’s, and lots of blue sky and sunshine. A few isolated thunderstorms are also forecasted this week, just to keep us all on our toes. Fishing remains good and options will continue to increase as we come out of run-off. While the Madison below Quake still has a bit of color to it, there is close to 3 feet of visibility, and the fish are responding to their clearing world. Nymphing is still the main game here, but with the rumor mill chugging out sightings of Salmonflies by Ennis, look for the fish to begin to tune into the surface. The Henry’s Fork is still raging away as top dog. From the Box to Fun Farm, the Fork is the place to be. With Green Drakes in the Ranch, you might have to drag me away kicking, screaming, and crying. The lower river is also producing good insect hatches with Caddis, PMD’s, Goldenstones, yellow sallies, and Flavs. A few drakes are also present, and you know how I love Drakes. Look for the Gallatin, Gardner, and Slough Creek to all become viable options this week. Since it is summer,and we had a wet spring, it is fast becoming Mosquito time, so bring the appropriate bug dope with you.

Good luck and tight lights