Posts Tagged ‘Henry’s Fork’

August Dreams

Posted in Fishing on August 18th, 2010 by rowannyman – Be the first to comment

It is the middle of August and the “dog days of summer” have set in. If by the dog days you mean that fishing is still going strong and the fish are eating to everyone’s pleasure. From the Madison to the Park and back again to the henry’s Fork, fishing remains strong across the board. The rain and snow of spring have kept the area’s rivers in great shape, running cold, clear and full. We have been hitting the Yellowstone around Gardiner for fantastic dry fly fishing. The name of the game here is Chilly Dawg, Baby! You could even throw double Chilly Dawg if you were feeling particularly greedy. But as the 80′s suggest, greed is good, and when the fish are biting, one must do what one must. The Henry’s Fork continues to produce all day happiness. Rubberlegs, Shop Vacs, and FB Princes are the key here. If you see the thingamabobber  jiggle, set! The Madison is starting to experience a serious hopper bite, Morris hoppers, baby huey’s, and para hoppers are lighting them up. I can’t take it anymore, it is time to hit the rivers.

Rowan

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.

Rowan

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

Rowan

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.

Rowan

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!  The 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.

Rowan