Monday, October 3, 2011

Madison Madness

TIME TO GET IN LINE
A Few Rooms Left
fish eating their way toward sex
LOCAL HOLE ON THE MADISON RIVER
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.. The annual Fall Fishing Frenzy is upon us. It happened slowly this year but it has finally happened.
A FINE MIX
.. Word, somehow, spreads rapidly when the runner population finally reaches a density compatible with success rates higher than steelhead fishing.
.. All the obvious places are now populated with throngs of eager fishers and a few fish from Hebgen Lake. The Madison River is now a destination fishery for headhunters from near and far. Motels are filling up fast.
.. Autumn is an interesting time in this little village. The tourist population takes on a character of a different sort.
.. Since school is back in session, parents of school children are now dealing with backpacks too large for their offspring's back.
.. The geriatric set visits in droves and late visitors from Europe and Asia find the Fall weather appealing.
.. Both fishers of the crusty and gonzo variety are milling around and through the mix of gawkers and walkers.
.. The pubs are full at night. Feather merchants have retained their eager seasonal staff in a final push to enhance the bottom line. Restaurants have added frozen Idaho trout to the menu. 'Tis a scene and sight to behold.
..Catching is not spectacular yet, however it's getting better by the minute. The early morning thundershowers and billowy-clouded overcast has added to the feeling that fish are to be had.
DOLLY LLAMA
.. The "Big 'n' Ugly fly boxes are in profuse abundance and wader tracks are on the floor of the popular trinket shops, restaurants, and pubs. Wader friendly lodging is at capacity and the 'normal' motels are bearing up under the onslaught of spikes, cleats, and muddy felt.
.. Get here now and join the fun. Learn to say "buggers" and "rubber legs" as if you had those words in your normal vocabulary. Don't let your tongue stumble over the syllables in "Cranky Crummy Cricket." or "Gob-O-Worms," or "Dolly Llama."
.. The DOLLY LLAMA is a creation of a fisher from the deep south, (Orem, Utah,) and was featured in the Salt Lake Tribune last year.
.. Curtis Fry provides a tutorial on YouTube for tying this articulated enticer. A few of the neighbors have used it with success, albeit it a hook size or two smaller!
.. Well, the coffee is gone, the rain spots on the windshield have replaced the bug guts and the sun is burning off the mist and fog. It must be time to exercise our park permit.
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THE VIEW TOWARDS THE REAL BAKER'S HOLE
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