Tuesday, July 31, 2012

River Closures

Starting Tomorrow
don't bother today either


National Park Service U.S. Department of the Interior,
Yellowstone National Park,
P.O. Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
July 30, 2012
Al Nash or Dan Hottle (307) 344-2015
Yellowstone To Implement Fishing Closures

Yellowstone National Park is planning to implement some temporary fishing closures. The following waterways will be closed to all fishing, effective Wednesday, August 1:
• Gibbon River below Gibbon Falls
• Firehole River below Keppler Cascades
• Madison River
• Hot air temperatures, limited rainfall, runoff from thermal features, and below average stream flows have all resulted in high water temperatures in these rivers. Water temperatures in the Gibbon River have been above 73 degrees most of the past two weeks, with water temperatures in the Firehole River above 78 degrees temperature.
• Water temperatures this warm can be stressful and even fatal for trout. Yellowstone National Park staff will continue to monitor water temperatures and stream flows in these and other rivers and streams throughout the park. The extended forecast calls for continued hot and dry conditions with a slight chance of isolated afternoon thunderstorms. These conditions contribute to continued low stream flows and high water temperatures, and could result in additional fishing restrictions.
.. My, my, my! They are all the same.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Published Tomorrow

A Prose Tapestry
some fly fishing stuff too

.. It's not just another, (of the myriad,) Yellowstone Fly Fishing books. It is one in a long line of books about fishing in the park.
.. It's not just another, (of the myriad,) "I did this and so should you!" books.
.. If anything it's a book that highlights and celebrates Yellowstone National Park. It's a tapestry woven of history, anecdotes, personal experiences, interviews, rumors, legends, and fish stories.
.. Offered up are fish stories from people who, have fished, and some who continue to fish in Yellowstone National Park. The stories serve to illustrate the rich diversity of any fishing experience in the park. They are the delights of their tellers and their enthusiasm, reverence, joy and pain are all there for us to read.
.. The intriguing title touts the "50 Best Places." The book covers many more than that.
.. Fishers who love specific river segments or lake localities are used to illuminate the lore of any single piece of water. The famous and infamous have come forth to share insights and delights: you will recognize many of the names and places - some you won't !!
.. If this were an early 19th century work it could just as easily be titled "The Personality of Yellowstone's Fly Fishing." It's all there! Bears, Wolves, Monster Fish, Native Americans, Mountain Men, Explorers, Early Visitors, Bandits, Outlaws, Rapine, Tragedy, and Fishing.
.. Of course there are plenty of illustrations. Certainly there are quite a few tips and tricks about the various waters and the fish inhabiting them. There is even the expected hatch sequences, recommended flies, secret tips and tactics, where to, how to, etc. - it really is all there.
.. This is a "FAT BOOK" and we strongly recommend that you properly break-in the binding. We also suggest that you buy two. If you love the park and it's fishing you'll quickly wear out the first one.
.. If you view fishing in Yellowstone National Park as just another catching destination you should avoid this book. If you would like your experiences in the park to be enriched and informed by it's long history and traditions then this is the book for you. It will even help you catch fish.
.. It's an easy read and one full of everything from gossip to fact. It is readily apparent that the author, (a Montana native son,) is not quite done with the 50 best places. We're sure he'll be back. Perhaps he'll treat us to a sequel.
ISBN: 0811710513 EAN: 9780811710510Category: Sports & Recreation / Fishing/Travel / Parks & Campgrounds
Publisher: Headwater Books, Release Date: 08/01/2012
Author: Nate Schweber
Synopsis: The most important hatches and recommended patterns, along with key fishing techniques and the best times of year to fish there. Interviews with a stunning collection of Yellowstone Park veterans in the know, including fly shop owners Bob Jacklin, Craig Mathews, John Juracek, Richard Parks, and John Bailey.
Writers, including; Tom McGuane, Wild Bill Schneider, and The Drake magazines' Tom Bie. The best spots for Yellowstone cutthroat, westslope cutthroat, Snake River finespotted cutthroat, grayling, rainbows, cuttbows, brown trout, brook trout, mountain whitefish, and Mackinaw lake trout

Thursday, July 26, 2012


Fat Bitches love snacks.

Damn, girl you chunky.

Z Fish Report (7/26/12)

The 89 to 90 degree blue water is just off the beach, and on out at least a hundred miles. The water is so warm, when I was on the pier this morning before daylight; the small bay swells were pushing the hot air up from the water after they petered out on the rock jetty. Being the air was cooler, you could actually feel the hot air from the water being pushed up.

Plus, the first bit of good news we have had in a while is the annual July mini migration of sailfish seems to be coming through. Cheva, on the panga Dos Hermanos II fished for sailfish 3 days and released 2 sailfish each day. I also talked to other captains, and that is what they also told me: A solid 2 fish per day. Unfortunately, there are very few north of the border clients here to take advantage of it. There are a few Mexican Nationals fishing, as this is their vacation time, however most of them are here to catch an inshore fish or two and then go to Ixtapa Island.

No marlin, dorado or tuna have been reported.
With Adolfo looking on, who has who?
These roosters are tough.
The main action is still the excellent roosterfish bite. The average is around 6 roosters a day, and a lot depends on the stamina of the angler. A lot of people have been telling the captain to turn the boat around and head for home early these last few weeks.
A nice fly caught jack crevalle coming in.
Adolfo, on the panga Dos Hermanos, fished with client Greg Littlefield  for two days, catching 5 large roosters the 1st day, and then 6 midsized roosters and a decent sized sierra the 2nd day.

Rick and Cindy Orem, from Corpus Christi, fished with Arturo on the panga Janeth today (Thursday). As Adolfo has been doing, they fished the areas south and down by Petatlan. Here is what Cindy emailed me this afternoon:
Just wanted to tell you thank you one more time. We had a good day, 4 roosters and 2 jacks before noon. We're hoping to return to ZIH soon.

Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)



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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Irish Bass Festival....

Well where do I begin, what was just an idea myself and Cian came up with sat in Absolute Fishing just over a year a go finally came to fruition last weekend. Between websites, rulers, rules and schedules for the weekend we eventually got there. The main reason we decided to hold this festival was to give anglers from the UK and Ireland the chance to experience the quality bass fishing we have along the South East Coastline all packed into a fun weekend.  

Well it was an early start for us on Friday morning getting into the shop at 4.00am ready for registration to begin at 5am. There were some eager bass anglers waiting in the cars as we arrived, keen to sign in and begin their bass fishing for the weekend.

By Friday afternoon almost half of the 121 anglers who registered for the festival had collected their measures and I.D cards and were out on the rocks and estuaries around the south east coast. Conditions on Friday were bright sunshine and flat calm conditions....far from ideal, however moving water in estuaries etc. were where the fish were located and reports were soon coming into us in the shop of good numbers of fish been taken.

Saturday morning was another early start and we were greeted by two very tired anglers who appeared at the door of the shop still in their waders, Patrick and John had been out along the Copper Coast and had fished through the night they soon got the camera out and showed us a nice 77cm bass which Patrick had taken on the ebbing tide in darkness, a super fish which was going to be very hard to beat....

Saturday brought similar conditions as Friday, at this stage all anglers were signed up and on the loose on the coastline. Bright sunshine and calm conditions made things difficult for the guys who went out however a South Westerly wind began to build along with the hopes of all the anglers of some better conditions...

Once again the estuaries fished well during the calm conditions on Saturday. Come Saturday evening the SW wind had risen and text messages started to come through telling us that the rocks had started to produce some fish. At 11.30 on Saturday night I got a phone call with the news of a 80cm bass, a stunning fish again coming in darkness on the Copper Coast.

Sunday morning was a busy day in the shop with lots of angler who fished throught the night coming in to register their fish. Numerous 70+ cm bass being landed Saturday evening and again through the night and into Sunday morning. Come 2pm all fish were registered and signed off, result time was upon us...

In total ~250 bass were caught and released over the weekend. Granted conditions were tough with flat calm conditions, the guys who targeted estuaries by day and rock marks by night got their just rewards with some quality fish being landed.

Darragh McCarthy (Juvenile winner)

 Seamus Enright (Winner of best 3 combined- 199cm)

 Steve Richards (Winner of the Longest fish from a vising Angler)
Steve with his 72.5 cm fish.

Eric Upton managed a nice fish of 73cm on Sunday morning when conditions were at there best along the rocks with a very nice SW wind creating a nice fizz on the water which earned him 3rd place, with the 3rd longest fish of the weekend.

Patrick Morris (2nd longest fish of the weekend)

Here is a picture of Patrick with his stunning 77cm fish. 

And last but not least the winner of the Irish Bass Festival. 

Anthony Phealan had this stunning fish on Saturday night, it was 80cm in length and was well deserved winner of the Inaugural Irish Bass Festival. 

We want to thank our main sponsors TopWater Lures along with Costa Del Mar and UK Bass who supplied some fantastic prizes. We would also like to say thanks to the Grand Hotel who provided accommodation for the anglers and where the function was held on the Sunday night. And finally a big THANK YOU to all the anglers who took part in the festival who made our idea a reality.

We hope you had a great time and see you again next year.

Cian and James.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Too Hot - High Or Low

For Man And Beast
visitors wearing neoprene waders

.. It has got to be a true shock to the psyche of the tweedy set. They've packed their finery. They've read the books. They are armed with rods of herculean proportions. They are ready to strut their stuff on the glory waters of Yellowstone National Park and the rest of Southwestern Montana.
.. They forgot their short pants. They never had a short-sleeved fishing shirt. They wear socks with their sandals. Their waders are full of powder and their sweater is packed and ready. Oh Well!
.. It's not too early to dream of blinding and slashing strikes at terrestrial bugs. Of course the experts would have you believe that the dainty flies are holding their own as fish fodder - mostly true for some famous places.
.. The weather has been of the standard variety for this time of year. It's been hot, punctuated with gentle showers on occasion.
.. The showers and blessed coolness of the afternoons has slowed the final molt for our local grasshoppers - but there are a ton of the nymphs ready to fall into the rivers.
.. White millers have sprouted like dandelions as have the evening caddis, and a few spruce moths have also shown up.
.. For the moment the catching game goes something like this: morning spinner fall, (peaks about 7:30 or 8:00 AM,) followed by recreational wading, lunch and a nap in the shade - then caddis in the late afternoon and evening, (be on the water about 5:00 PM or so.)
.. This schedule will get you through the day on the destination waters of Yellowstone National Park. The neighbors are already fishing beetles, ants, small hoppers, gaudy rubberlegs, and San Juan worms on those waters with fewer elbows and more fish.
.. The Yellowstone River is a destination for some fishers that remember the glory that once was. There are some large fish to be had - true enough. On the other hand, it looks like recruitment is up and should you just want a pleasant fishing experience we recommend it highly.
.. Social fishers are clogging the parking lot at Slough Creek. Everything from hoppers to PMD's are pricking fish.
.. Get there now and fish all day. Ignore the experts, if you dare. These fish are eager and hungry. By fishing hard you will contribute to their advanced degrees. But today, (and maybe tomorrow,) they really are just like any old hungry trout. Throw it - they'll eat it.``
.. If you can find Snowflake Springs, you can find fish on the Gallatin River. If you can get past the beaver ponds and through the woods to the upper meadows on Fan Creek you can fish with the bears and elk: you will catch some of the prettiest fish in the park as well. Say hi to the horse packers and mounted rangers for us.
.. Ask the visitors about their big flies. They probably won't mention the damselfly. Nor do the visiting clerks at the feather merchants.
.. In passing we'll just note that there are trout that can, (and do,) take the blue lady from the grass overhanging the deep undercut banks. It may look foolish to the uninitiated, it may feel foolish when you do it, - BUT -  casting to the grass can take some monsters in  the mid-day doldrums.
.. Park your car in the evening shade and walk the gentle trail to Osprey Falls. Take a picture of the monster clouds. Sniff the burnt smell in the air.
.. Go above the falls and catch a mighty Brook Trout with every other cast. If someone got there before you it might take a half dozen casts - damn!
.. Nothing really new right now. Catching is all in how you do it.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Z Fish Report (7/19/12)

John Wilson from Idaho fished one day with Cheva on the
panga Dos Hermanos II for this bright rooster
The incredibly warm blue water is only a few yards off the beach all up and down the coast. Amazingly, the average surface temperature is 85 degrees, with some warmer 88 degree water areas further offshore.
The offshore fishing has picked up just a bit, but nothing to get too excited about. A few sailfish are being caught, as well as a few dorado.
Tiffanie Gupton with the largest of 7 they got that day while
fishing with Adolfo up near Pantla
The main action is still the roosters and jack crevalle, with Adolfo on the panga Dos Hermanos getting most of the few clients here fishing. Adolfo, fishing every day this week, has picked up between 7 and 12 roosters every day. He is fishing the areas to the south and down below the river mouth at Valentine.
Brian Gupton with another
Zig Ziegler, Marcos Daccarett, and Kelly Gilchrest from Idaho fished with Adolfo for two days for a total of 19 roosters.

They even had a double, but again, hers was the largest

Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

T minus 2 days...

Some nice reports coming into us here in the shop of some good fish being caught all along the Copper Coast in the last few days... 

I went out this morning and had this nice fish and dropped another of similar size at my feet, plenty of fish around so hopefully we will see some quality fish being caught over the weekend.

Conditions are looking good for the  festival this weekend.

 Excited?...Because we are.....

James & Cian

Monday, July 16, 2012


Had planned to leave for the river today. Ended up getting an email and it turns out that I will be flying out Tuesday to hang with some Remington folks in NC and shoot some photos while playing with machine guns. Yeah... so no fishing this week.

I can't say it sucks because it will be a fun job, with a nice paycheck, but I was looking forward to playing with the switch rod and sticking my toes in the sand.

So I moped around the house a little and ended up sitting down on the couch and reading the Chronicles of Cod blog in its entirety.
 If you have a bored afternoon, throw it in your reader.

Also read this recently. Classic.

If you have the means I highly recommend tracking one down.

Then cook some bacon.

And some beans.

And bonk a brook trout.

-Alex who promises actual water-involved happenings soon.

The Un-fished ?

Rewards Are Slim To None
no pink shirts, no fancy waders

.. Sweat is the partner of fisher folk that want cool clear water in mid summer.
.. Little streams still fed by melting snow abound in Yellowstone National Park. Neither roads nor bus tours visit them. Expert fisher folk have never heard of them. The fish have found them, though.
.. The few folks, (mostly our neighbors,) that fish them are tight lipped and secretive about them. They are the "OTHER YELLOWSTONE."
.. There's not a single Chamber of Commerce brochure that even mentions them. Certainly the seasonal guides and counter workers at the feather merchants wouldn't fish them.
.. You'll not find pink shirts on these waters. You'll not find waders on the fishers. You'll not find wide pull-outs nor well worn trails. All you will find is eager fish, solitude, woodsy noises, and lots of bear poop. You may even find a bear or two.
.. We firmly believe that the fisher folk that visit Yellowstone National Park are made up of, those. (at least 85%,)  that want to catch a fish in the fabled waters of the park.
.. They want to drive up to the water, saunter to the right place, strut their gear and finery, and gather up a bit of fish porn for the folks back home.
.. Even so, we've been threatened with a complete cut-off of suds at  the pub if we are too specific about the really nice places to fish.
.. We suggest, (no glory here,) the following:
1} Tower Creek. If you ask about it, be sure to ask about when the informant last fished there.
2} Obsidian Creek. Be sure to fish the tangles in the meadows away from the trail.
3} Winter Creek. The name is familiar to some. They may have even fished it in their youth.
4} Firehole River. The upper reaches in the giant valley beyond Lone Star Geyser. You might want to get a two day back country camping permit.
5} Gallatin River. The reach where all the bears are. Up above the confluence with Fan Creek.
6} Pebble Creek. Hidden in the large, long valley behind Baronette Peak with views of Thunderer. You'll need legs if you enter at the upstream end and walk down to Soda Butte Creek. You'll also need a camping permit, lots of DEET, bear spray, and a bit of appreciation for fish so eager that you can't keep them off of your hook. (even a bare one!)
7} Specimen Creek. Obey the signs about fishing and bears. Both are important. Fish here only if you enjoy shade in the summer and catch rates of 20 - 40 fish per hour.
.. Of course there are a few more places - but - just a note: opening day on the Yellowstone River saw fairly low water, bugs aplenty, and only a few fishers in the good spots, and some of them caught the fabled giant Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. You should've been there: the drizzle was grand.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Sort Of Sultry

Yellowstone River Open Tomorrow
some sacred fishing locations
.. Tomorrow is as holy as it gets for the faithful who must worship at the Yellowstone River on opening day - we'll be there.
.. Even as the ashes from the myriad fires in the region fall on our heads, and a quick glance at the INCIWEB maps show that we are near the epicenter of the conflagrations, we shall be there.
.. There are dozens of expert sources that are willing to  tell visitors where to fish in Yellowstone National Park. We believe that it's just as important to inform would be fisher folk where not to fish:
1} Ignore Cache Creek. It's in prime shape right now, there are several hatches of both big and little bugs occurring simultaneously, the fish haven't see a fisher in more than 9 months, it's deep into bear country, the mosquitoes are voracious, the cutthroat trout are among the largest in Yellowstone National Park, there are bears, it's a very long walk. (44495082N - 110092519W = BIG FISH RUN)
2} Forget about the confluence of Slough Creek and the Lamar River. There's no storied meadows, there's only sage and a few trees, there's bears, there's wolves, you have to walk a faint and dusty trail, there's stinky sulfur springs, there's bears, and there's mosquitoes, and the fish are so lonesome that they will jump in your waders just to make you feel welcome. (44550368N - 110205679W = MAYHEM POOL)
3} Don't even bother to look at the putative Roosevelt Campsite. The water is too big, the fish are far too large for your dainty rig, it's down in a hole and getting out is a real pain, there are thousands of fishers that pass there each and every day, your rig can't cast the heavy sink tip required to put a giant streamer in front of the 4# fish that live there, too many people fish there. (44551769N - 110240892W = SUBMARINE ALLEY)
4} If you fish Mary Bay and can see Pelican Roost you won't be able to hold on to the large Lake Trout that eats your gently stripped red Wooly Bugger, (or blue and chrome Kastmaster.) The beach where the fish are is narrow and you are liable to get your feet wet, the cut bank is steep, the parking is abysmal, the wind causes treacherous waves, gobs and gobs of flotsam are eagerly perused and inhaled by the 8# Lakers, not for wimpy fly fishers - even with a 9 weight rod. (44314837N - 110175422W = DUMBBELL POINT)
5}  Avoid at all costs the Yellowstone River near Sulfur Cauldron. People have died fishing here. There's quicksand, mosquitoes, elbows, and enormous fish. They like eating most anything but especially like a slow drifted streamer, (sadly most of the water is fast,) They hide in peculiar places and you will often scare them just by looking at them. And, everyone knows that there's no fish in the Yellowstone River anyway. (44372497N - 110254259W = CUTTSOAK POOL)
6} Dream on if you think it's worth fishing near the Chittenden Bridge. This is a bear, and wolf, and moose, and bison, and elk crossing area. The fish here are so lazy that they need to be hit in the nose with their favorite morsels. These are the big fish that continue to fight the slick and fast current - or - over the falls they go. Keep the rumors of 22" Cutthroat Trout safely tucked in your libido, (pant, pant,) - you'll never have the skill necessary to hook AND bring to hand any of these fish - besides that you have to wade through shoreline muck to even cast to the fish. (44431224N - 110301105W = EZ_PZ RUN)
7} The picture below is of Seven-Mile-Hole. GOT LEGS ???