Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Floating Rivers

It feels like we're hitting the peak of summer. We're having upper 80F and 90F days, but this is only just past one week or two. It's been a cool summer, at least for my perspective and experience. Yellowstone River has been running in fair flows without many mud-plugs from up above. Float trip is going well.

Dry-fly fishing is the way to go!!

As seen behind, when clouds cover the sky, streamers can yield surprising results😲

And then................BIGHORN😎
Following is my scout trip for the upcoming BIIIIIIIG trip😏
This is the place to be🙋
I'd like to say this upfront; ALL the TROUT I caught in these two days were VERY VERY STRONG😲💪💪❗❗ I had very hard and, of course, enjoyable times to bring them in. 
 Not on purpose at all, a caddis flew into my water😅
Trout are very strong💪
 See what's out there😎

For those who are planning to come this summer, I'd like to offer you fair information.
There are LOTS OF TROUT to be caught❗❗ DO NOT listen to or believe in what someone talks about fish count/population survey. Besides as you can see in my pictures, water is running clear, flow has just come down to the ideal & preferable level for anglers, trout, and insects, and tremendous hatches are going on❗❗
That's all for now.
I'm sure the next post will be after the upcoming trip - perhaps in early September - only if I survive😬

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

PMD on Spring Creeks

These pictures are from late June to early July though PMD hatch is still going strong on Livingston's spring creeks. As it has been, this is the period that we've been longing for and that never disappoints guides and anglers.

Just as with the previous salmonfly report, PMD hatch was also affected by the strange weather. We had the cold week in the middle of June, with the snow on Summer Solstice, and that is usually when we start to see PMD hatches and, day by day, we observe it's getting constant and stabilizing. We did have PMD hatches but they came late in the day = 1pm, 3pm, 3:30,....... Finally when weather became summer-like, they started to hatch earlier = 12:30, 12:00, 11:30, 11AM, 10:30AM................. For my side of difficulty, it was very hard to set and produce lunch for the first couple of trips😓

Rest is the photo recollection with minimal narratives.
Insect photos must be useful for those who come and fish this summer and those who plan to come in the near future!!

I had one day to fish on my own😏

Neighbor fishers🦌 🦌

 Also note these critters start crawling along creeks🐜
I had another day to fish on my own😏
Finally dada was able to show a proper trout to the next generation fly-fisher, caught with his namesake: Sage rod and Skue's method😎

 Sometimes it's more than PMD😎


 Even during PMD time, never forget these little dudes😎
 And a very rare Sulphur emerger😲

Come and fish spring creeks this summer or the fall😉
If you can't make this year, plan for next year or near future😉

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Salmonfly on The Madison

This is NOT a timely fishing report.
Salmonfly hatch on Madison River came and then had gone. I was guiding on the river. Then I was also busy at Livingston's spring creeks for PMD hatch (definitely next post!). So blogs and all other social network posts have been way behind.

Talks along the river from long time experts to visiting fishers, and online, of course, is: it was an odd year with the hatch. It was sporadic here and there and didn't really go strong. I have some idea and explanation: WEATHER❗❗❗❗  In the middle of June, we had a very cold week. As it was on the news, we even had some snow drizzles on the Summer Solstice. Though it got warm up like summer-ish, it was immediately followed by late afternoon/evening thunderstorms almost all EVERYDAY from the end of June to early July. So, although the river flow and clarity were perfect, it was simply cold - air & water. This should explain the hatch of this season - at least to me. Though some to many anglers may have been disappointed, salmonflies did hatch and trout were caught on dry-flies. Also, I have to emphasize there were phenomenal amount of caddis were hatching. Plus Goldenstone and many species of mayflies were hatching too. Trout were interested in these dry-flies too. I understand many visiting anglers expect the most explosive actions with salmonfly dry-flies, especially if they have previously experienced one, however, me being a guide, this hatch on this river is just like any other hatches on the any other rivers. It's just the NATURE. So if I may offer an advise, bring your biggest expectation but also learn and accept what's going on this season and on the river.

My anglers and I chased the hatch. It seemed we chose a right section as we found this guy at the boat launch!!

These were seen all through the section.
As the day got warmer, these guys became very active. 

 Then we had "calm before the storm" and that was our window of opportunity.

Next day on the other section, we saw these. If I may interpret, these guys just quit or got interrupted from hatching perhaps due to wet/cold weather. 
 As I wrote above, we had some actions on Goldenstone and Caddis dry-flies too❗❗

So this is what I experienced and learned this season with the salmonfly hatch on the Madison.
What was yours? Whatever you've got, I hope you had fun. Then next year and near future, come back with expectations and experiences😉❗❗

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Our YNP Opening Day & 700th Post

After a couple of commercial posts, here's a REAL 700TH post❗❗❗🎊
I guess blog format may not be as popular as used to be as more convenient social media are available. I use those more too. But I don't intend to end this site down. 

My guide season has begun with PMD hatches on Livingston's spring creeks - that'll be later!
In between, I had a little family day. We drove through Yellowstone National Park and checked river conditions. All of these are new and introduction to our little guy👶

His level😂
 Learning to be cool😎
 Only dada did some fishing and with his last very best effort, he caught a munchkin Brookie😂

I always like our own opening day on YNP. As he gets older, we'd like to explore more.
Hope you all have a good start of summer😁