Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The First "Cutt" is The............

Their first ever "Cutt" was memorable...........

I ventured northeast corner of YNP.
NOTE: This year YNP Officials revised their smartest law that they had tried to enforce last year: kill all rainbows below Slough Creek Campground. Which anglers followed this stupidity anyway? I never saw Rangers who was monitoring/watching anglers' activities at all either..... Whatever........ Now all of our lovely trout will be harmfully released!! - WITH or WITHOUT SLASHES!!
Handsome Cutbow!

Then, The First "Cutt"of the season with the dry-fly is always special!!

I was barely hoisting with a single hand. See its jaw.........Already fat!!
Now let's examine their foods of choice.
Green Drake nymph.
I bet this was the exoskeleton of stonefly nymph.
These were either PMD of Flav.
And here's what we expect!! = Green Drake dun!!
or Emerging nymphs

Here are glimpses of my recent go-tos.
Bullet Head Chubby - black. One can't go wrong with this pattern when Cutty are actively looking up!
Pheasant Tail Mayfly Cripple - Green Drake. This is one of my original patterns and also one out of most trusted Green Drake assortment. Click Here and Here.

I hit the next trail tomorrow!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

YNP Dawn Treader : Lake-Falls Opening Day

July 15th is the day on which the section of Yellowstone River from the outlet of Yellowstone Lake to Chittenden Bridge (just above the Falls) becomes open for fishing.
I left my casa in Livingston waaaaay before the dawn. It wasn't to hold a good spot or two. I admit some excitement but I just couldn't sleep well last night. That was the simple reason I woke up so early. Over all, I wanted to avoid unwanted delay due to tourist traffic.
I spotted they were taking a morning bath on the other side.
 Hatch was prolific!!

The early birds get the worm?
 or Perseverance paid off......
  CAPTION: "what are you looking at?"
Too big to frame for the lens.......

Yellowstone River & Yellowstone Cutthroat trout........... so special.............

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Here, There, & Anywhere

A summary/report since the last post.......... Yes, I was anywhere......

On July 5th, fresh nymphal shucks of Salmonflies were still observed along the banks of Madison River, just above Ennis.
Fish on!!
Brookies in the Park!
I have guided a future fly-fisher. May more trout be on her way!!

PMD hatch remains excellent at Livingston's spring creeks. I had a trip at Armstrong's Spring Creek (www.armstrongspringcreek.com).

This stomach result was a little surprise for me for this time of the year. Totally midge (especially larva) dominant during this prime PMD time. A kind reminder to myself as a guide and an angler: 1. Never underestimate effectiveness of midges! 2. Individual trout has individual choice of foods, just like human being.
A typical rainbow (color & shape) of Armstrong's ready to be released.
Spinner Fall was a greatly appreciated bonus!!
More waters are coming into fishing modes!! I will be anywhere & everywhere for the next report!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Madison Caddis Bonanza

It seems recently I'm going back & force between spring creeks of Paradise Valley and Madison River of Madison Valley. It's all for good reasons.
Salmonfly is the hottest commodity right now on the Madison!!
But many other insects are popping and enticing trout!! It can't be better!!
Namely, PMD and Caddis.
Hatches were already great from the early morning but I was catching only small ones. At one of those particular yet non-descriptive braids above the town of Ennis, I was totally taken in awe!! Suddenly a massive shadow came up and inhaled my attractor dry-fly!! It did fight as Madison Rainbows were supposed to do!!
The same spot, a bit smaller yet as much feisty brown came next!!
Just like what I observed in the air and on the water.

 One I caught later on was totally Caddis-dominant!!

 and so on......
For your wall-paper if you wish........
So, what was the hot fly for me yesterday?
I happened to find this in my box as I was picking what to use. But I knew this was my recent tie. Also I'm sure it must have been somewhere in the book or website that I CAN'T RECALL...... Could've been my own idea.......if so I usually remember the story and concept......maybe my brain is functioning less recently........ If someone comes up with the reference and point out which & what, let me know.
By then I call it "No Name Caddis".
This is a very simple & straight-forward  tie with only 3 materials. Here's the clipped-hackle version, which works the same.

I'll soon see and experience the same = Salmonfly & Caddis on the Yellowstone!! Can't wait!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PMD in Full-Swing & Summer Arrives

So, after I hang around my mentor/outfitter Montana's Master Angler and his kind clients, it was my turn. I guided a father-son duo again this year. Stage was again at DePuy's Spring Creek (www.depuyspringcreek.com).
On Day 1, we got hit by another crazy unwanted weather. Yet we looked for PMD hatch and rising trout.

Day 2, FINALLY!! The rainy season was over!! It was quite a nice day which we'd been longing for the past few weeks!! Good start!!
Neil working at "The Bend".
PMD hatch was excellent!! Even phenomenal at one particular spot!!!

Evening rise........
Very strong browny!
Lots of Yellowstone Cutthroat are in the creek now. One particular individual knew how to pose for my camera. And the set of photos turned out to be fairly good!!
I'm sharing these photos because they do show us trout-world and their views.

Hope some of you find these interesting and practical.

It's a great time to reunite with repeating clients at our beloved creek!!

Life and guide-trips go on to next waters...............