Monday, May 16, 2016

End(ing) of Fly-Tying Bootcamp & The Madison

My self-assigned fly-tying bootcamp is coming to the end, at least seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. So far I have tied 48 dozens in 12 days. That may sound like only 4 dozen per day. However, 10 out of 12 days, I tied only half (or so) a day, in which either one or two of morning, afternoon, or evening session was not conducted for some reasons. I have about 10 dozens or so in my list, that can be done with a less-pressured leisurely pace now.

So on last Saturday, we hit the road for some fishing. Mother's Day Caddis on Lower Madison came and was gone. Most rivers and streams in our area are in the middle of runoff (give or take). Our options seem limited but then it's just that time of year. We decided to hit Upper Madison, perhaps one of a few doable flowing waters right now.

If you have been following this blog from early days, or if you have read some early (or old) posts, you would see how much I loved and fished Upper Madison. Time has passed since. Nowadays I fish much more than during those non-pro years at much more diverse destinations rather than one or a few favorite waters or sections......... As I drove, I kind of reminisced those days...........

Upper Madison is sweet to me! I guess we haven't forgotten each other!

Renee started to get a hang of this river and to pick up her rhythm.

These, plus two typical whitefish, were just practice for her.
Here's the first big one of the day!!
She started to catch larger trout!
Always learning............
I was having very satisfying actions through the day.
Then we spotted a locomotion at one particular spot. After a few adjustments, Renee hit the spot....... Rest of actions came and gone so quickly!! We knew it would be really a big one........!!!
In my own experience, this the biggest brown I've ever seen in this stretch!!

To add more flavors to our experience, this trout had one very particular upper jaw!!

Entomology was also interesting.
Then she caught the best Rainbow of the day!!
The last fish of the day........ It wasn't the biggest but the way approached this one particular spot was really interesting!!

I would be busy as Master Breeder for next several weeks but she's gonna get me fishing report!?

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Annual

After successful and enjoyable "annual" East Idaho Fly Tying Expo, I'm following my annual cycle.

Trout Fly Tying Camp has begun!!!! - luckily it seems somewhat less loads than past two seasons. Perhaps 40 dozens or so in next 3 weeks!!

Then, in terms of fishing, it's the time to chase Mother's Day Caddis hatch!!
On Yellowstone River!!??........... actually just as I was leaving for Expo, there were reports on caddis but not certain about actual benefit for fishing. At the same time River was rising and losing clarity...... During the last week, cold weather subsided the volume of Yellowstone River. If, and ONLY IF, we can expect warm days with gradual temperature rises, it would be perfect...... But the weather forecast is calling for REALLY warm ones up for 70s or nearing 80s...........

So I venture Lower Madison, just outside of Bozeman - water conditions and hatches are more predictable and reliable than on Yellowstone. If you may recall, that's where & when I caught THE ONE last year..........

Renee and I drove along the Lower in Sunday afternoon. I was more than surprised. Lower was experiencing the same weather - caddis stalled instead baetis and March Brown were up - so I was wondering how caddis would react to the resurgence of warm weather......... As we drove, billions of caddis were flying and hitting the windshield!!
 March Brown is graceful!!
Playing in a group........
Here's one enormous storm!!!

Above being said & shown, REAL fishing commences later, when egg-laying flights start........
We waited, just spending a gentle afternoon/evening and this splendid phenomena........... Then it began......... I spotted a pod of rising trout...........
Just as I thought.............
I brought Renee, who was enjoying some actions with tiny ones, for REAL fishing!!

My turn........
It was great..............more than I expected............ We hope to pick up some more trout while actions last!!
My frames of Atlantic Salmon Flies have been accepted as consignments at Livingston Center for Art and Culture. As you know, Livingston is known as a town with art galleries. It's quite an honor to be a part of community.

Unnamed Frame
Napoleon (Mr. Kelson)
Tippetwitchet (Major Traherne)

When you visit Livingston, besides fishing, come and visit Center!! There are many other artistic objects!!

Till the next season I'm working on these artistic objects, my trout fly tying camp, followed by fishing & guiding, will continue..........

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

On The Road - East Idaho Fly Tying Expo

The entire trip to Idaho Falls was quite enjoyable.
We had a grand banquet to wrap up the Expo.
Well, my donation = assortment of Yellowstone Country flies = was one of raffle items!
We won practical items!!
Before we checked in Idaho Falls, we were doing some "homework".
Reed's Dairy, a real working dairy farm, is located right in the middle of town and offers perhaps the best ice cream (and many other dairy products made with milk right from there!!) in the world!! I was quite impressed and WILL and HAVE TO go back there time after time!!
We also discovered and enjoyed Jakers Bar & Grill very much!! That was one WORLD CLASS burger!! Grilled for perfection outside yet juicy inside!! plus everything done right. Friendly staffs make our visits very enjoyable and make us want to go back again.
These are highly recommended if you are planning to visit Idaho Falls or passing by.
On the way back to Montana, we made a little detour to Mesa Falls. It's another magnificent natural feature in Greater Yellowstone Country!!
Lower Falls
 Upper Falls are even much larger and, well, scarier!!
Believe or not, this is a part of Henry's Fork, with with we often think of placid flat waters.
 Closer to West Yellowstone, we spotted a moose.

I'm already thinking of next year. Or perhaps someday I may be fishing in the neighborhood state.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Great Times!! - East Idaho Fly Tying Expo

I just got back from Idaho Falls, ID after another great times with East Idaho Fly Tying Expo. As I've experienced as an audience and as a demonstration tyer, this Expo is fly-tying and fly-tyer centered event. Then at this convenient location, some of country's greatest tyers come annually and Expo attracts great numbers of good crowds!! I had oh-so-intense two days. Hours passed way too quickly.

This is the tyer shirt for this year..............and I like it very much! You might see me wearing this while fishing!
In the morning of Friday April 22, Day 1 of Expo, I was getting ready for my own Workshop!
I thank my great companion Renee for capturing scenes - that follow - through two days.
Just getting ready......

Here it began!

 It was an intense 4 hours with good times and deep conversations with students!
Meanwhile, Renee captured a couple of scenes on the floor.

Then in the afternoon, my floor session begun!
I had good folks who asked me technical questions right off!!

At the end of the session.............. Over all, my Atlantic Salmon Fly frames caught many people's eyes!!  Thank you!
Saturday April 23, Day 2 of Expo, weather suddenly turned out to be cooler and darker but it held OK. Renee was on her way to Women's Fly Fishing Clinic!!
In spite of her schedule, she managed to come over and snap pictures while I was at Tying Theater.

The afternoon session of Day 2 was as intense and busy as always of this Expo!!
No pictures here but pretty much the same as Day 1 - only one difference would be me in a white shirt.

What an exciting, busy, meaningful Expo!!
I'm quite honored to be invited and to be a part of this great show! I hope to be back next year and following years!! If you have missed this year, you'd better plan to visit the next one. During my busy schedule, I was able to visit a few world-class tyers and I learned many things from them.

Hope to catch up with many great tyers and crowds next year!