Friday, August 17, 2018

August Photo Essay - 1

August remains busy and I'm again leading my clients to various destinations. Fishing remains fair to good but streams, hatches, and trout are changing and shifting into the mid- to end-of-summer mode.

I again let pictures do the talking.

Yellowstone River is running just about the historical average level - indeed it was running higher last year. HOWEVER, big waters two years in a row seem to have changed the River a lot. New channels are cutting through or have been widened for the year. And then structure changes...........😯
Some sections or spots of the River like this can be very nasty😮Be careful out there😬

Our son turned 2-month-old on my birthday earlier in the month👶🎊, double celebration with wifey's hand-made cake🍰

We had a whole stretch to ourselves😉

On the way to next trip............😅😨

We were at a much busier place but we held on our spots and pods of rising Cutts😏

Grilled tuna steak for lunch😋

DePuy's Spring Creek challenges us even more😲Seriously trout have got used to all kinds of tricks and flies and can pick on any tiny mistakes we make😲
 But, as I told this young angler, I have original flies and different techniques that other guides/anglers don't have😏

Every scene and moment can be memorable at this beautiful stream on the planet🙏🙌

On this day, lunch menu consisted of Chili and Lefty's original Teriyaki Burger🍔😋

Photo Essay 2 will follow later this month😁

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Late July Photo Essay

I had a busy yet very content streak of guide trips with great clients. Of course, fishing & catching (or taking pictures) are the most important part and we did well in variety of waters. To me, that's the whole purpose of being an outfitter - to discuss with clients and find what's out there and which water will be fishing well for our objectives. What a rewarding job I've got😁❗❗

I may insert some details here and there but mainly let pictures do the talking👉

First, before clients' arrivals, I went scouting "Below the Lake" of Yellowstone River right after the opening day. This is a rare catch.....💬

So many insects were hatching during Yellowstone River float😎 See how many kinds of insects in this stomach sample from one trout😲

Gallatin in YNP section was very interesting as well. Typically a nymphing river during the morning, however the stomach sample showed us PMD hatch had been very strong and trout had been gorging😲
This client hauled in one after the other by his Euro Nymphing method😏

This was very hefty😎

Among PMD..............Green Drake😏

PMD were hatching in very good numbers😀

I headed to the other part of YNP with next group of clients.

Now we got our usual species😏

Back to float trip, in spite of winds during the first few hours of the float, we had actions on our dry-flies. We ended up fishing with ONLY dry-flies all day and got great actions all through😎😏
What trout were what will be hatching 😏
I've never taken photos of this bird - well still turning its back on me😓
Father & Son and then guide teamwork👏👍

We then challenged DePuy's Spring Creek.
The famous PMD hatches still offer us some reliable dry-fly fishing and then afternoon terrestrial fishing🐛🐜 is getting really HOT🔥

Immediately after I headed to the even more challenging piece of water - Below the Lake again😐

In the afternoon we hit Slough Creek below campground. He was holding a spot for us😃

Summer goes on😬
See you along the stream somewhere in Montana and Yellowstone Park👋

Sunday, July 15, 2018

July Days on Spring Creeks

Long days of endless fishing and PMD hatches continue to July on Livingston's spring creeks. My annual repeating clients came back.
We kicked off at DePuy's Spring Creek.

Lots of cutthroat are in the creek.
In July, insects other than PMD start hatching and trout do take them. 
 Now anglers start to struggle more and more😏
 Evening spinner actions!
A bright Cut-bow!

 We then fished Armstrong's Spring Creek. PMD hatch was still going strong👌
Little animal was wondering what human beings are doing🦌
In the heat of afternoon of July, terrestrial dry-flies such as small hoppers, ants, and beetles become more important and enjoyable. When that doesn't entice trout - perhaps they can be stuffed from morning PMD feeding -, there's always a way to get their attention = nonchalant snack in human sense🍦🍫😏🠊Midge larvae. Sounds too general? Never underestimate the effectiveness of midge larvae on spring creeks and how technical it can be😬After one may hook trout, one has to keep them tight on such a small hook.
At one particular spot of the creek, we had a succession of lightning experience✨✨

 It's clearly a different fish, different feature and even larger😆

In the evening, while we were anticipating PMD spinner falls, there were more insect activities😎
These guys were literally hatching as they were all over on the water. 
Then PMD spinner falls started
 And it lasted a while😃

As always it has been intense and challenging fishing on spring creeks😎and then it's always rewarding as it has been another learning and observing opportunity for me😃

I'll keep guiding spring creeks through summer. And from now on I start to float Yellowstone River and more frequently visit Yellowstone Park waters.

Maybe see you somewhere👋