Monday, June 26, 2017

Pteronarcys californica (Giant Salmonfly)

Things are rolling around here. Many rivers in the area are clearing and settling from runoffs, while there are still some that are experiencing runoff effects. Over all it's been a series of such nice weathers!

As much as I want to hit streams and lakes that offer good fishing, I have to go out for scouting.
Yellowstone Park waters, especially Yellowstone River system/drainage, is the one that needs special attentions.

What are these animals? We guess something going on with rangers...........
Yellowstone Cutthroat are in their annual spawning season. One has to be super careful about regulation regarding fishing season and closed area........this tiny stream is one of those....... They are all colorful and fun to observe.
 We barely salvaged the day with a high note馃槄
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Now let's go to the title topic.
Salmonfly is hatching on Madison River!!
This is perhaps one of those events around here that's worth being crazy about, locals or visitors. I guess the unpredictability and yearly variance (one can anticipate but no certain patterns could be set) make this event intriguing馃槻!!

We made a short float upstream of Ennis. Hoping to have some actions but also I wanted Renee to see and feel that giant bug. We hit it just right馃槑

She likes to have one on her new hat馃槝
As for fishing actions, we did see some huge trout coming up to our big flies!!!!............ We both missed馃槚
Then I ended up catching a little one that fit nicely in my vest pocket馃槄
See the oversized fly on its mouth馃槕
Now hatch must be progressing upstream toward Earthquake Lake outlet. We don't know how long hatch will last or how thick hatch can be...........until it ends. Again, it's the once-a-year-event that's worth chasing............. If you can't make this year, plan for the next year from now!!

Speaking of which, PMD is going on strong on Livingston's spring creeks.
Stay tuned!!

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