Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Mustard Moustache Ride.

Nate Taylor doesn't have a name for this pattern. Now he does.

I am home from Denver. Complete nonsense to follow.


It's Hopper Time
and other such

.. We're enjoying the warm days. It's finally below 80° F and pleasant again.
.. We, like so many other fishers, remember a day or two when any hopper imitation cast anywhere in a stream drew blinding strikes from eager trout. We remember spectacular splashes and refusals that caused the world to move.
.. We remember days when hoppers fell from the sky like so many hail stones in the golden meadows of many rivers. There were so many fish noses that we wondered where they were on other days.
.. What we have chosen to forget is that there is a wealth of fish food right now; hoppers are only the most apparent. Beetles and ants and caddis are more abundant. And that's what the trout are eating.

Mountain Pine Beetle - Trout Food
.. We fish the hoppers, occasionally during the late afternoon. We fish drowned caddis and beetles more frequently. They catch fish.
.. The neighbors are still practicing with their streamers. There are no verified reports of big lake-run trout. Nice resident fish are willing to take the streamers: bless their pea brained souls.
.. The Madison River is being shunned by the knowledgeable fisher folk. That is just fine with us. There are lots of hoppers and mountain pine beetles there. There are, also, still fish in the river despite the considered opinion that it's not fishable right now. Flows are above seasonal averages and mornings and evenings are providing fish for the few neighbors that know the river.
.. Until things get sorted out about the bear attack the whole Mary Mountain Trail is closed and that rules out Nez Perce Creek, for now. However, the Firehole River above the cascades is tree lined, cool and full of nicely colored Brook Trout; still begging for dance partners. Both Iron Spring Creek and the Little Firehole River have very substantial numbers of willing fish. Walk a way and catch some fish!
.. It's time to catch the spinner fall at 7-mile bridge. Maybe there will be a neighbor there to help eat our pie.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Online Shop

At long last the online shop is up and running , we hope ye like it ...

Over the next few weeks we will be adding many more products and of course as new products come into stock they will be going straight up on to the online shop . You can look at the shop at



It Don't Mean A Thing
it's just a capricious mom

Empty Bridge Over The Firehole River
.. The colors are Autumn: the temperature is Summer. Grasshoppers are loving the brief pause in the steady temperature decline into Fall.

Funny How They Look Gray From A Distance
.. They get to warm up earlier in the day. They get to display their surprising colors for all to see. They get to fly in squadrons around the amber meadows. They get to feed more birds and fish. They just know how to  live. The hot interlude is just mom being a sad comedian.
.. Fishing is still good in Yellowstone National Park. Terrestrials are claiming most of the attention from feather merchants and experts alike. Hoppers, ants, beetles, spiders, and sundry attractors are doing their thing as they entice fish to the hand.

Closed Means Closed
.. We headed to Nez Perce Creek in an effort to enjoy some solitude and cool water.
.. Surprise! The bear is being persistent and the trails along the river have been closed. The crowds are gathering along the road and over the bridge. The bear is nonchalantly providing entertainment as it enjoys the cool water, abundant ants, hoppers, berries and beetles.
.. For us, it's not a photo-op but rather a grave disappointment. We had to walk about twice the same distance up the Firehole River to find the cool water of the Little Firehole River.
.. It's a chore for our legs and the reward, (besides the dances with trout,) was a visit with a neighbor who was bitterly whining about the same things that we were.
.. Not a single fisher nor photographer that we talked to had bear spray. None considered themselves in any danger. None had heard of the recent death by bear. None could, apparently, read.
.. It's a sad state of affairs when the illiterate masses with $4,000 cameras and $12,000 lenses can't read, and believe that the National Park Service is just a cartoon force. Believe it or don't: this IS bear country.

Safety Tip: Put The Kids Between You And The Bear !
.. Soda Butte Creek is attracting anglers without bear spray and, of course, the meadow bear is still there. Catching is very good on both Slough Creek and the Lamar River. Bugs is the fare when hatching. Terrestrials and attractors when no hatch is present. Sneaky and closed-mouth fisher folk are drowning big Woolly Buggers and Silli-Legs in the meadows of Slough Creek. We wonder why?
.. Up on the Gallatin River the same critters are being gobbled by the bears and fish alike. It seems, right now, that any old attractor, (size 8 or smaller,) will take fish.
.. There are three active bears along the Gallatin River inside Yellowstone National Park. Combine this fact with the interesting notion that only one feather merchant in town carries large canisters of bear spray. We wonder at the marketing forces at work given this condition.
.. Bear spray costs about the same as two days worth of commercially tied flies. Unless you lose less than 5 per day. It also costs much less than a ride in a medivac helicopter. Enough of that!
..The mosquitoes of Bechler seem to have taken a break during this warm spell. Boundary Creek, the Bechler River, and several not-to-be-named tributaries in the Cascade Corner are getting a fair amount of attention from fisher folk. Flying ants and beetles seem to be the predominant offerings that are taking fish. Bless 'em all: we hope bear spray is in attendance for the dances.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

A change from the norm....

With plans all made to go lure fishing Ger Carey persuaded me to go bait fishing, something which I have not been doing a whole lot of lately. But as usual Ger made the right call as we both caught but yet again Ger had the nicest fish of the night nailing this bass of 10.5lb on lug cast no more than 30 yards out into the surf.

Tight lines,


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Z Fish Report (8/25/11)

The Terrafin Surface Satellite photos are showing the surface water temperatures averaging about 83 degrees for the entire coast, and on out to about the 1,000 fathom curve at 30 miles. The blue water is hugging the 100 fathom line at about 6 miles, with variant green water being pushed out of the major river systems. That is basically the story.

In the blue water the few boats fishing are getting a sailfish a day average per boat, and several oceanicos (skipjack tuna averaging about 10 pounds). The Mexican captains consider a hard fighting skipjack tuna as an excellent eating fish, and will pursue them, devoting less time to the sailfish. Skipjack in my opinion are not that great for table fare, even though 75% of the world’s canned tuna is made from them, but they are great action on a light line outfit or fly rod.

We are still getting 4 to 5 roosters a day average, but we have to work for them. The key is finding the clean water along the beach. We have had a lot of rain and the coastal waters are not only just discolored from the river runoff, but the fresh water is laying on top the saltwater and shuts down the (shallow water) close to the beach fishing.

Being the discolored / fresh water is sitting on top the salt water, a slow trolled live bait, on a diving plane, is getting good results. When the clean water is located, the top water surface poppers are then getting the roosters.

The biggest problem is there are only 3 or 4 boats a day going out with clients. Our normal slowdown for the year has come way early.

Ed Kunze
To order a copy of my fishing book about fishing here on the West Coast of Mexico:

For a decent explaination to the seasons and best fishing for each species here in the Ixtapa /Zihuatanejo area check out this web site.

A Touch Of Green



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hobo Beer

My recent unemployment "retirement" as I like to refer to it has lead me to try and find cheaper, more efficient ways to go about life and feel as normal as I can.  I can live off dollar store hotdogs and ramen forever, and I'm not super picky about my beer until I stumbled into this one.  I shoulda known $2.99 for a six pack was too good to be true.  It's called Big Flats Lager.  A new "premium" Walgreens brand beer.  Long story short, I believe bitter beer face really does exist.
I was raised never to waist anything though, so I will be drinking it ice cold with a funnel.  Man I hope I get a job soon. 

Aaron-Who as Alex likes to say, Is "drowning some time"

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Comings And Goings

Mimicked By Itinerant Reporter
such a glorious odyssey - we're jealous

(All images deserve a click to see in grand scale !!)

.. Lets see now: how 'bout we take a few months and fish all the good spots in Yellowstone National Park? Lets gather up the local experts from all the feather merchants and guides and outfitters and local characters and research biologists and have them show us the way to fish their rivers.

.. Maybe we could interview the experts and find out the various ways to catch the wiley fish of Yellowstone.
.. I'll bet that they will take us to some of the lesser known places and give us some insight into fishing trout water with the most unusual and spectacular scenery in the world.
.. We could go to the Thorofare, back country lakes in the Gallatin Mountains, the full length of Slough Creek, 7-mile Hole, and streams with names that are only whispered.

GRIZ - Soda Butte Creek Meadow
.. We could catch all the species in the park under the most diverse conditions and in the most popular and the least known areas. That would be just alright with us.
.. It's being done right now as you read this. Montana native son, Nate Schweber is doing it and making it seem easy.
.. When not performing as the lead singer of the NEW HEATHENS he's a New York Times Reporter. When not doing those things he's in the Rocky Mountains fishing, (unless he's writing a book about beer and breweries!)
.. He's been to: Pelican Creek, Duck Creek, Firehole River, Lamar River, Gallatin River, Tower Creek, Trout Lake, Yellowstone River, High Lake, Fan Lake, Fan Creek, Grebe Lake, Yellowstone Lake, Solfaterra Creek, Snake River, Madison River, Gibbon River, Slough Creek, Gardner River, and all the others that you've read and dreamed about. Tough work, but somebody has to do it.

.. He's caught monster fish and baby fish. He's seen Yellowstone National Park like very few ever will. He's doing it now and we've followed the adventures on his blog - LINK.
.. We suggest that you click on over and scan the posts for the last few months - if you can stand fish porn, travelogue, and some "Roots Rock" news. You can check his daily progress HERE.
.. He's been kind enough to let us post some images from his odyssey - thanks Nate.
P.S. the big rainbow on the Gallatin River was taken on a Caddis with prince dropper. You'll need to check his blog for the gory details.

FINE SPOTS ?  -- The Yellowstone SLAM ??

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Last Days

Contrarians Of The High Country
neighbors are using streamers again

.. It's a well known fact that it takes something special to live where winter outlasts summer by 90 days. The neighbors enjoy their weird predilection for salmon-like behavior.

.. Just when grasshoppers, microscopic midges, Tricorythodes, and small black beetles are being espoused by experts & peddled by the local feather merchants; they drag out the rubber-legs & streamers.
.. Fish the little flies and terrestrials if you choose: they work fine. But casting, working, retrieving, and back-stripping of streamers is a skill that takes some re-acquaintance for most folks. The neighbors are just getting a jump on the seasons and honing their skills, (and catching fish as a byproduct.)

.. The nights are cool, (an occasional 30° F is seen,) the afternoon storms are regular and the rain is cold.
.. Yellow and brown colors are gobbling up the vegetation in our neighborhood and leafy plants are sprouting curled and drying leaves.
.. The berries are ripe and ready; currently being savored by bears and brave neighbors alike, (the crop is early, huge, and juicy this year - spread your own old wife's tale.)
.. For those that need direction we suggest a squashed caddis imitation for the Spruce Moths on the Gallatin River, Madison River, Gibbon River, Nez Perce Creek, and the Firehole River.
.. The fish in Soda Butte Creek are eating their usual assortment of beetles, spruce moths, drakes, and big nymphs. A Green Beetle followed by a Shop Vac should provide more dances than is seamly! Avoid the elbow ridden meadow section and fish the pockets and pools of the little canyons and incised stream course. The bears need warning so sing songs.

.. Drag out your "A" game for Slough Creek. Drag out the big bugger box too. The hybridization of the native cutthroats does not seem to have 'dumbed-down' the cutbows. Slow drifted submerged flies, (near the grassy banks,) will catch some large fish - or scare them to the next pool.
.. When the Baetis are up, the fish are a bit less selective but still not a push over. The latest rage on Slough Creek is to squeeze a foam bobber over the first hook and follow it with a Bead Head Nymph, (your choice.)
.. The thundershowers are keeping the Lamar River in flux. When there's no mud and a hatch it may be the best attractor dry fly fishing in the park.
.. If there's a bit of color haul out the heavy artillery and sink a bugger and hang on. The continuous freshets have kept groceries at a high level in the river.

.. The short canyon section is known for bruisers this time of year. Be congenial and swap ring tones with the other 2,000 fishers in this short stretch.
.. The Notellum River, just outside of West Yellowstone has been getting very little attention this season. That's just fine with us. The Bridge Run, and the Esses are full of fish that are outsized for the little stream - they're lonely and need some company from the neighbors. Streamers and Snortle's are getting plenty of action near both the paved road and the county road. The recently closed USFS road has been mysteriously reopened, just in time for bow hunting season.
.. Catching is good right now, and promises to get better as the cool weather persists. The timely thundershowers will only keep you and your lightening rod off the rivers for a few minutes each afternoon. Take the opportunity for a bit of Havana and some amber liquids before dinner.

(Note: no foot path here.)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

A Word From Our Sponser

LPFM Station Broadcasts Old Shows
.. It's range is just a neighborhood thing, (most of the town,) but we like the novelty of it all. At 3 AM it's good company to the first cup of coffee.
.. The fish are jumping into the neighbors' waders on the Gallatin River. More tonight.


Another day on the Copper Coast....

There is no getting away from the fact that August is a difficult month for bass, it is most likely that the bass are simply full up on the masses of bait fish which are around the coastline at the moment and are simply not that interested in our lures. However if you put in the effort in the right place at the right time you will more often than not be rewarded with a few fish.

We have been fishing weedless plastics a lot at the moment which have been working very well. Myself Cian and Ger where fishing a mark the other night where the bass seemed to have turned off from the night before. Over comes Ger "Any chance I could try one of those wave worms" Cian gives him a chartreuse wave worm and first cast he go's and nails the bass in the picture below.

Impressed with the wave worm?

The wave worm which did the business, we have also found we are getting great hook ups with the lunker city texposer hooks.

We will have a wide range of wave worms arriving in the next couple of days so be sure to call in to see the great selection of soft plastics available from wave fishing.

We fished a rock mark yesterday evening, once again the bass were not playing ball but Ger did manage to land this fine bass on the old faithful Pearl Gataride....

Tight lines,


A preview of things to come...


-Alex who bought new pants just for the occasion.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Z Fish Report (8/18/11)

The 83° blue water is just off the beach, and what few boats going out are traveling just 10 to 12 miles for the most productive areas. There are very few tourists here, and each boat is averaging about 1 sailfish and 1 dorado. The dorado are in the 20 to 25 pound range. This average could be much higher, but the captains are only spending a couple of hours trolling the bigger baits and are going for the sure bet; the oceanicos (skipjack tuna). The skipjack are averaging 10 to15 pounds, and are a blast on light line or fly gear.
Tropical Strom Greg passed by us in the middle of the week. We basically got the tail as it swept on around, giving us a good rain almost all night long, and no wind. It was really an ideal situation because it was nice and clear the next day.

Inshore, the roosterfish action is still holding up. It really has been a great year with, 7 to 10 fish a day per boat. I have never seen it last this long, but with the blue water so close, and having a strong current, the inshore is not getting muddied up as usually happened in years past. This is almost like November fishing…all summer long.

As a side note, and the effect of the sensationalism journalism in the States and how it is affecting Mexico, I got an email this week inviting me to fish Guatemala. I realize it is a great place for sailfish, but they are the same fish that pass right out in front of us here. They are more concentrated down there, and that makes for higher numbers a day. Anyway, the stuff you read in the papers just does not affect us here.

And if you were to choose to go to another location like Guatemala, the advertised cost was $7,600 (dollars!) for two people staying 4 nights (all inclusive except the bar tab) and fishing three days. And, you had to provide your own airfare on top of that.

Assuming you were staying here a full 7 day week, and fishing three days from a small cruiser; including your airfare, ground transfers, food, bar tab, etc. you could have 2 separate week vacations here. How many fish would you catch? With twice the fishing days, you would be approaching Guatemala’s numbers, and you would also have 2 separate weeks of vacations and not just 4 days.

After all, even though Guatemala is rated the No. 1 location in the world, we are No. 2, but to be $2,500 per fishing day for 2 people, compared to less than $1,250, and have more vacation time…just doesn’t make sense.

Ed Kunze
To order a copy of my fishing book about fishing here on the West Coast of Mexico:

  For a decent explaination to the seasons and best fishing for each species here in the Ixtapa /Zihuatanejo area check out this web site.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gone Wanting

Unloved & Ignored
we'll take 'em

.. We've been told, (and we believe it,) that trout love water with a high oxygen content. We've also been told that trout like to wait in slow water adjacent to fast food-laden water, (we believe that too.)
.. Culverts and bridges provide places for trout that like to wait in slow, oxygenated water, and nip some morsels from a smorgasbord sailing by their position. We believe that as well. So, we fish them.
.. There are many culverts and several bridges in Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding neighborhood that we visit on a regular basis. Seldom do we not catch a fish or two, (or more.) It's almost too easy.
.. The dark water is easily seen. The fast water is well defined. Sun and shadow changes throughout the day so we need to note that. Fish 'hides' are present in abundance.
.. Because of the concentrated streams of water, channels from the high-water periods are persistent and regular. Talk about fish in a barrel. It's just too easy for the purist seeking to match wits with a pea-brained fish.

.. Stream and river banks on both the upstream and downstream areas are usually stabilized with concrete or rip-rap.  This makes the hides and cover persistent. This is convenient for both the fish and the angler.
.. The water columns present a variety of foodstuffs and the trout will gobble many different things in a feeding session. Beetles, ants, neotenous aquatic forms, adult aquatic forms, terrestrials of all sorts, sticks, twigs, clumps of sand grains, etc.
.. Infrequently the trout will even rise to the surface and pluck lovely floating stuff from the surface. Sometimes it's digestible.
.. Because of the diversity of waters and the concentration of food, there are fish of all sizes to be found. The bruisers are where you'd expect them to be. The dinkers are there too. Frequently there are monsters in 3" to 8" of water. Bless their little pea brains, they give us a fright when they take our errant casts.
.. Cars, trucks, buses, motorpickles, bicycles, skateboards, and other sundry vehicles pass by these glorious catching places without a second thought. Probably without a first thought.
.. This is not the "postcard fishing experience" touted by advocates of our region and the feather merchants. It's a real-life, loud noisy, occasionally stinky, catching extravaganza. It appeals to us because we can walk to the fish with little or no effort, and they reward us with dances.
.. We mention these structures a couple of times each year. They are still abandoned when we visit them. The fish are lonely and forlorn because no one wants to play with them. We happily comply with their wishes: there's nothing so frustrating as a sulking fish!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011


It doesn't matter how much you want there to be big bass which reside in the weeds near the bank and eat frogs. What you want doesn't mean squat and when you watch a 5 pounder follow the eight incher that ate a chernobyl ant up to the boat it makes you feel a little silly upon hindsight. Just take another sip of whiskey and keep throwing your frogs on that tarpon rod you optimistic knucklehead. Maybe today will be your day.

Monday, August 15, 2011

It's In The Air

Sleep With The Windows Open
the rain is getting colder

August 14, 2011 - TAKE THE HINT
.. The signs are all around us. Bow hunters are checking strings, heads and fletching. Boom hunters are cleaning and loading. The grasshoppers have wings. The meadow grasses are drying and beginning their descent into straw. The neighbors are talking about good sleeping weather. This morning's shower was cold and refreshing. We're taking bets on the date of the first snowfall.
.. Abbreviated warm and extended cold is the measure of the seasons in the high country. We're looking forward to the anticipated glorious Autumn. We've scouted the big holes and parking places for the fall-run submarines.
.. We've noted the phenomenal density of ripening berries, (places to avoid in the upcoming weeks.) And we're using the last few warm days to catch some fish in all the familiar, (and less familiar,) places.
.. Catching is still good. We've not much to add about it except that a venture to Winter Creek will prove rewarding. So too, will a stroll down the path at Tower Falls. The "other" gulpers, those at Grebe Lake and the Duck Creek estuary are making their appearance now. Oh, by the way, Soda Butte Creek is on fire with hoppers and beetles.
.. We've not mentioned our idiosyncratic predilection for fishing some interesting structures in and around the neighborhood. We'll let you know about that in a day or two. Right now there is a Trico hatch on the cooling Madison River that the fish have finally discovered  --  SURPRISE!
.. We're headed there instantly, now that the second pot of coffee is gone, the stomach is in rebellion.


August Bass....

Here are a few pics taken over the last few days, the fishing was difficult at times but if you put in the time you will more often than not be rewarded.

Cian picking out this nice fish on a weedless soft plastic, sorry for the poor pic was taken on my phone.

Alan with a nice fish which he had on the Zonk Gataride in possibly the most bassy looking conditions imaginable..... the kind of conditions you expect a bass every cast.

....what its all about, watching the bass swim away.
"Game fish are to valuable to be caught only once."

Tight lines,


Saturday, August 13, 2011

All's Well

The Fish Are Ravenous
catch 'em all day on the gallatin

.. Better late than never is what the neighbors are chanting. The high and cold water is a memory. The bank-hugging fish have moved into mid-stream feeding lanes. It's now possible to wet your waders with a reason. Catching is good on all west side rivers, (even the hot one.)

.. Flows persist above seasonal averages and temperatures of the waters are very cool in the mornings and evenings. The "perfect" weather includes a few afternoon thundershowers that punctuate the mid-day warming and the little freshets from the tributaries are keeping good grits flowing into the main streams.
.. The neighbors have noted that the first signs of Fall include winged grasshoppers, enormous berry crops, wrinkled willow leaves, curled aspen leaves, and the reduction in numbers of the hoards of school children splashing in the streams. It's all good.
.. The Gallatin River is the local magnet for catching oriented fishers. Generalized surface offerings of the "slightly too big" variety are dragging them in. Hopper / Dropper rigs are much in use, and even small streamers in the the dark water are galling some big fish between Snowflake Springs and Black Butte.
.. Experts have abandoned the Firehole River because "it's too hot." Just six weeks ago they were praising the 64° F water as perfect. Well now Ethel, it's 64° for a few hours in the morning and evenings. Caddis are busting out all over.
.. The same story holds true on the Madison River. If you must catch a fish on the surface take a size 10 Adams and aim at the noses in the foam lines. Should your purist tendencies be lagging a double nymph rig will suffice. Try a size 10 or 12 Prince Nymph followed by a size 16 Shop Vac.
.. Nez Perce Creek, Iron Spring Creek, and the Little Firehole are all full of fish just begging to be caught with such mundane flies as Scarlet Humpy, Royal Coachman, Adams, and Hendrickson. Fish the local exotics if you choose, but the neighbors are fishing the old stand-by's.

.. A pleasant surprise in this high water year is the population of catchable fish in the waters of Solfaterra Creek above the Norris Campground. The moose and the bears are not too much of a problem right now but well-armed anglers have a canister of bear spray in their hand anyway!
.. We should point out that the upper Gibbon River meadows (both big and little,) are finally fishing just fine. Catching is the reward for stealth anglers in the big meadows. Numbers is the name of the game in the small meadows and the tangle along the way to Grebe Lake. We usually take the long way in and the short way out.
.. We finally made it to Obsidian Creek. The residents were so glad to see us that they ate anything we offered - up to a size 8 Renegade, on the surface. Small San Juan Worms along with sparsely tied Pheasant Tail Nymphs were dyn-o-mite in the water column,
.. Well, the mid-day warm is about over and it's back to the water for us. The gulpers of Hebgen Lake are finally about everywhere. It's taken an extra week or so this year. The faithful have been chasing the bugs and fish from weed bed to weed bed. Now just about all weeds are giving up the bug feast we've been waiting for.