Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fall In Love With Fall Color

It is indeed the fall but it's dry, windy, warm, not quite bright. I'm not surprised if I see someone running with tunktop and shorts! I won't worry as we know winter will come for sure.

Our fall adventure continues. Renee has caught most species around here since she started fly-fishing this spring. We've been counting down.  What's left on the list are: Grayling (we tried), Westslope Cutthroat (fished stream that may contain fair population), and brook trout. Considering the season and fish population in general, I thought we can cross off brookies within this year!

I took her to one of my brookie destinations during summer months with beginner fishers. Well, I was wrong. Water temperature got really low in the higher country. We did nymphing all through but we didn't get any bites from those who over-compete on our dry-flies during summer months!!

So we decided to move on and try "fall-runners" again. On the way, I thought of a spot we could try for brookies. At least we could take a look. We spotted doable numbers of swimmers and some structures looked really appealing and expecting. So we decided to give a shot here.

Her first brookie came only after a few casts!!
And it was an exceptionally beautiful one!!! Honestly I won't expect this level brookie from where we fished in the morning!! YAY!!
I had a little fun too!
I did some sight-fishing.........A little reward.........
Believe or not, we had some dry-fly actions too!!
Then we got something else. We even caught Yellowstone Cutthroat!! History and regulations tell us this body is containing ONLY brookies...........We even caught three Cutties.......Hmmm interesting.....
Until Mother Nature calls, it's still the fall! We don't mind enjoying nice weather and beautifully colored trout!!

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!!