Sunday, August 5, 2012

Get Upstream



.. There are still eager fish to be fed along the Gibbon River in Yellowstone National Park.
.. For the neighbors it means trading a few gallons more gasoline for the privilege of catching some trout in cool water.
.. It's unusual, but not unheard of, to speak of the upper Gibbon River warming as fast as it has this year.
.. It means that the further upstream you go, the cooler the water and the more sprightly the fish. We'll take it - but not as often as usual.
.. The terrestrials are out and the Hoppers are beginning to imitate Olympic Swimmers - but poorly at that: all in the favor of the fish and fisher.
.. The Spruce Moths are busy imitating Caddis Flies in some areas, and the active fish are very indiscriminate about the pattern or size - right now.
.. There are very few ants around, but the beetles are especially prolific this year, (soft winter and all that!)
.. Fish in the morning while there is still dew and pockets of fog. Precise casting to the early shadow lines with groceries will wake up some of the larger fish.
.. The Brook Trout will be active all day, but again, they will be resting in the shade of rocks and undercut banks. As the sun moves - so too the fish.
.. The nice thing about fishing marginal waters in the late summer is the beauty of the surroundings that are unencumbered by elbows or the plashing of baggy waders.
.. The catching has slowed just a smidgen and there is time for dawdling and lazing and basking in the beauty of Yellowstone National Park. This is not for headhunters or scalp collectors. It is, however, relaxed, gentle, unhurried, fishing - with some pleasant catching thrown in.
.. The neighbors are fond of reminding us that even, (or especially,) the bigger fish seek the cooler upstream waters. Your Ipsydasie Superslaughter Wig-Wag attractor fly may end up with a fish bigger than your relaxed attitude deserves!

P.S. The gulpers of fame on HEBGEN LAKE are becoming very noisy early in the day. Right now the midges are holding sway but . . . .