Monday, October 17, 2016

"G" River Fall-Runners

Autumn rainy season is prolonging +/- winds (or gusts). It's quite a relief from the hot & low-water summer months. At the same time, it's the time-period to give a shot for aggressive fall-run browns (again) +/- rainbows!

Renee and I hit "G" River. Due to the shadow, or fame, of other notoriously popular streams in the area, this river's fall-run actions are not quite as known, even among nearby locals. I never mean to be secretive yet I have you guess - easy - then learn stretches on your own.

She always gets the first and more actions.........
Then  she nailed one!! Renee is now a full-fledged fall fisher!!
    I'd better catch up with her! See what's working.......
 Inch by inch, I was catching up!
 I know there are possibilities of much larger individuals but I'm happy with my catch!!
    Of course, it was a beautiful ending with one massive football-shaped whitie!!! - my specialty!!

Next day, we headed back to G and surrounding streams. However, prolonging rains have been causing small scale mud slides all over and streams became unfishable, which is shifting down to Yellowstone River...............(great hint!)

Livingston's spring creek is fishing well!!  Midge hatches have been great. On overcast days baetis hatches are highly anticipated. Grab some of my patterns!! Take the best advantage of fall-winter rod rate!!

Come and enjoy the fall fishing in Yellowstone Country!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Autumn Scenes from Yellowstone Country

It's been a nice fall so far here in Yellowstone Country. As of today, we are having some sizable snow (no pictures). Other than that we are having nice autumn days that we can expect for. This snow wouldn't stick. We still have number of days to get out and enjoy some of greatest fly-fishing that the fall in our area can offer.

Renee and I hit Yellowstone Park waters together. We started at one of my favorite & go-to spots!
 As always, she catches a big one!
 I had a good one also that put lots of actions on my light 4-wt.
 What was hatching............
See the ratio..............
We fed ourselves by "tailgating"!!
In the afternoon, we moved to another stretch of river and we had some commotions..........
These two renegade buffaloes walked straight toward far bank, stomping over rising trout and invading our spot! Furthermore, they couldn't climb out as there's a little crater like dip there!! They attempted a few times, gave up, and then finally found a spot to get out and walk away........
This was a spring-creek look-a-like section.  To make things complicated, couple of different insects/species were hatching...... Renee got a couple of good ones! I was focusing on one particular trout that appeared really big from its rise form, but couldn't get anywhere close.........

On the way out, we stopped by perhaps the most notoriously popular spot on Madison, if not entire Park! I just wanted to show her how other (visiting) fishers act and things go.......... We stepped aways from the "club", then we swung large soft-hackles. I caught a feisty whitie by swinging my Coyote!!
Rivers just steps away from our towns are also in great fall shapes.
Regardless of sizes, trout are feisty and colorful this time of year............

Once in a while..........
I could catch a stonefly-nymph-biting-big brown!!
..........But always she catches a big one!!!

Enjoy fall fishing!!

Friday, September 30, 2016

September Wrap Up

After the previous post, things got really busy!! - good!! Not just the number of trips, it was quite a pleasure to sample & taste around the variety of waters!

Lower Madison. Typical nymphs and baetis actions!

Learning how tiny we had to be.........
 Oh these guys were very active too!!

Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park.
Now is the time to fish Firehole (and Madison) until the season closes on the first Sunday of November!! This angler had some great times with waves of caddis hatches!!

 White Miller were apparent...........
However, trout were feeding on a different types of caddis..........I was able to decode it successfully from my previous experience.
A lone and friendly one.........
Then Burns Ranch Lake in Big Timber, MT was a total blast!!!!
We literally averaged 18" hefty trout!!!!
The day started with perhaps the biggest brook trout I've ever seen anywhere else!!
 Then typical Kamloop strain rainbows offered us plenty of actions!!
 Like this!
This lake/place from the boat is always picturesque to me.........
 This was also a very memorable brookies!! Look at its colors!!!!

Favorite snack.......
Not just from the boat, we stalked and sight-fished............ This local gem should be on your list!!!
I also helped out a part of TU National Meeting Fishing Day on DePuy's Spring Creek.
They were from all over the country and were all skilled anglers, bravely challenged midge fishing!!
They all got good actions!!

After about a month of chaos, things are getting better around here.
Good end of September!! Hopefully to see more anglers in October!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

GRAND Re-Opening of Yellowstone River & DePuy's Spring Creek

If you haven't heard over the weekend........

UPDATES: two more long stretches of Yellowstone River has been reopened for fishing and other recreations on Friday September 16th. Currently only one closed stretch is Emigrant to Pine Creek, which experienced the highest number of whitefish death.
If I may still comment - as much as we shouldn't dwell on past, we should not forget PKD madness - FWP could have closed this section and then up- or down-stream, give or take, rather than the entire fishing sections............ We should not let this incident go lightly for our future. 
Practically speaking, I wouldn't float this currently closed section once algae seem developed, especially under hot summer and low water season. I may float in October as there are some good streamer-suitable waters. 

Yellowstone River and town of Livingston had some boat traffics over this past weekend, though it was nowhere close to average seasons.
One of my clients decided to come back and we tried a newly reopened section. Put it simply, fishing was good and, better or worse, very much normal, compared to before PKD madness.
Honestly no surprises about that because whitefish kills by PKD has NOTHING TO DO with Yellowstone River as trout fishery and trout that live there, period!! 
We started to catch "TROUT" just like our routine!!

Certainly we caught some whitefish, as we know ONLY A PORTION of whitefish got killed and killing has stopped since!! 
Then we caught now considered a COLLECTOR'S ITEM GIANT WHITIE!!!!

Eagle flies.........great to be on our beloved River............
A boat captain's view.........Action!
A nice streamer caught rainbow!!

We also tried DePuy's Spring Creek. As I reported, Livingston's spring creeks has been opened since Sep 1st. Insect hatches and rise actions are as great as always!!
.................that doesn't mean fishing is easy............. Indeed very challenging, we worked on trout that were rising on very tiny insects with smallest flies we have that require precise presentations along with right timing..................
That's very normal and common on spring creeks - which we gladly hope for and challenge!!

Renee and I fished along town for a few hours.
Look what she got............ Another Trophy Whitie!!
followed by!!!!

     We got our waters back!! And fall fishing has just begun!! Along with Yellowstone Park waters, come and sample glorious fall fishing in Paradise Valley!!