Sunday, September 30, 2012

Doubles up...

Some exceptional reports have been coming into us here in the shop over the weekend. Here is just one of the big fish we have heard of, Ger had this 11lb yesterday morning. 

There are some quality fish being had along the Waterford coastline at the moment. Make sure to make the most of it!

Tight lines.....

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Glacier Gets It Together
just a bit of a pause
.. Just think of the electrons involved in that video. Do we really need lead-lined underwear?
.. Will Yellowstone National Park ever ignore commercial interests in favor of the preservation of native fish? Glacier National Park is!

Z Fish Report (9/27/12)

The 82° blue water is still basically following the 100 fathom line about 5 miles off the beach, and all up and down the coast. The sailfish action was slow this week, and will not get any better next week due to the full moon period. The boats are accounting for a few dorado though.

Don and Mary Grantges, with fishing partner H. C. Lee (all from Arlington, Texas) fished the blue water with Cheva this last Monday, and had a typical blue water day. They got a nice dorado at the color break, and not even a strike after that. They worked the areas out to 12 miles, and then back again.

On Tuesday they fished the inshore with Cheva, and here is what Don emailed me:

Don with one of the 9 roosters they got
with Cheva
Yesterday, we went down to the antennas and beyond before we found the roosters. We caught nine Roosters and maybe lost another four or five. I was casting and H C was trolling with live bait. We were having good luck on the Rangers and poppers. I think the Rangers caught more.
Don with a  hard fighting 24 pound jack crevalle
When everyone was tired from catching roosters and casting we headed back looking for some small game action with the black skipjack tuna. Then we spotted birds around the Solitary Rock outside of Z harbor and got into the jacks. The biggest jack crevalle was 24#. We also caught a nice Sierra, and we are having ceviche today. We plan to go up to Troncones tomorrow with Cheva.. Looking for more Sierras.

Ed Kunze (IGFA Representative)

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Daddy would you like some sausage? Daddy would you like some sausages?

I bought a new toy, I have some Elk, I have a smoker, And I made some sausage.
Old recipe I made a few years back for my own spicy pork sausage. I was wondering how well it would work for game meats. I quickly found out Elk is very dry when cooked with the spices I add for sausage, so how do you fix the problem? Lard, lots and lots of delicious lard! 

 The new toy for the Kitchen Aid
 The mix

The casings (pig intestines) 

 The process
 The rope

 Link it up
The smoker is ready
 Smoked and ready to eat
The French Toast, what the wife wants after seeing how sausage is made

Kyle- Can't wait to get  some more game.


Wrong Bugs, Wrong Fish
what's a fisher to do ??
SIZE 20, 22, 24 - THAT'S SMALL !!!
.. It happens. Experts may have a fancy explanation. The fish figure it out very quickly. Fishers often remain befuddled. We got lucky.
.. Early morning is not our favorite time. The Firehole River and the Madison River have their compensations at this time of day. They are quiet, there are elk and otters, bears and moose, - AND - no tour buses.
.. We weren't expecting the damn fish to ignore the early caddis hatch. We weren't expecting to have to strain the peepers to get flies on the tippet. We weren't expecting an explosion of Tricos to clog our ears. But it happened.
.. Why would any self respecting trout ignore the perfect glut of caddis and BWO's? Why, given the smorgasbord of yummy morsels so dense that even we could see them, would they be sipping daintily on flies so small that they looked like dust in a maelstrom?
.. When we finally figured it out there were tourists of the "Granny Set" chugging around the pull-outs. We had to hike back to the vehicle and grab the miniscule box of microscopic flies.
.. Happily there were several flies that still had tippet tied to them by the kind and indulgent neighbor kids. We left the car. Galumphed back to the water. And wonder of wonders caught a 12" brook trout in a place that is currently being fished for 22" Brown Trout. That may just be better than a monster Brown! We'll take it.
.. Took a nap at noon and dreamt about spots of a different color.
P.S. A skosh more rain. Rivers up. Color in some. Big fish racing upstream with new flows. Sky becoming leaden. No snow below 7,000' asl. Get on the rivers now.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Grab The Groceries

Big Fish Bail Out Of Holes
estuary fish smell the bordellos
.. Last night's gentle rain was scattered, mostly, throughout the Madison River drainage. It was just measurable in some areas and up to 2" in others. It was enough to raise the river level by as much as 10" or more and cool the flows to fish-stimulating temperatures.
.. Discharge on the Madison River near West Yellowstone increased by a meager  45 cfs. That is, however, enough to carry the enticing aromas of the river to the estuaries of Hebgen Reservoir.
.. There was a bit less rain in the upper Gallatin River drainage. The exposed point bars and segmented pools should continue to act as little hoosegows for the migrants - until a significant bit of rain bumps them out of their stupor.
.. Resident fish in both drainages have been displaced by the runners and migrants.
.. They are scattered in secondary hides throughout both systems. They are eating small scraps of fluff, anything that looks like a White Miller Caddis, or sundry nymphs of miniscule proportions and even little twigs.
.. Some of these displaced residents, (in both drainages,) are up to 18" and surprisingly feisty right now, (is this displacement behavior?)
.. What ever the reason, and whatever the situation it's a good time for catching.
.. Big fish on little flies, giant fish on enormous flies, all fish on caddis of some sort - OR - a size 8 Parachute Adams, (brown variant if you have one.)
.. Over the weekend we observed one hole on the Gallatin River and one on the Madison River where it was difficult to see the cobbles of the river bed for the density of fish.
.. This is about to change. Yes they were, indeed, stacked in there like cord wood. They won't be there tomorrow.
.. There are many techniques for taking the runners and migrants. There is one constant that seems to hold true: HIT THEM IN THE NOSE!! This means moving and casting to cover lots of water. It means exercise and more exercise. It does not mean planting your duff in one spot and flailing the water to a froth - although we see it done this way each time we visit the rivers.
.. We hope the air clears. We hope the fires diminish. We hope there is a good crop of runners. We hope that everyone that wants one - gets one, (or a dozen.)
.. We've been lucky. Our quota has been filled. Perhaps by the coming weekend they will be up by Gibbon Falls and there will be a bright overcast afternoon. It's an annual event for the neighbors. Maybe we'll catch a few more.

Monday, September 24, 2012

A good trip...

Its always great to hear from visiting anglers that make the trip over for some bass fishing and get some great results.. 

Steve Richardson and co had a great trip with plenty of fish around the 5lb mark with the best fish of the trip running to 7.5lb with the added bonus of getting a lot of fish off the top. 

Here are some pictures Steve sent onto us...

Its almost like a switch has been turned with the coastline fishing very well with some excellent reports coming into us in the shop....

Sunday, September 23, 2012

man skillz

Zach "Daddy" Fralc got skill.

-Alex who understands when the skunk is on, men can resort to desperate measures.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Sands Of Time

Hoppers Diminishing
hormones in ascendancy

.. First there needs to be a bit of "Air Clearing." There are big fish in almost all of the waters of Yellowstone National Park. It happens. Accept it. This is the time of year when hormones and instincts trump simple conventional wisedom.
.. If a large, (for the neighborhood,) trout is 22" or more, then there was a large trout, (two actually,) taken at the confluence of the Gibbon River and Solfatara Creek . . .  TRUE!
.. There have been several very large fish taken near the confluence of the Gallatin River and Specimen Creek. A couple of giant fish have been taken in the very thin water of Bacon Rind Creek. just west of the highway, (bet you drove right past them.) Of course there have been bucket-loads of large fish taken in the park-line-pools at Bakers Hole on the Madison River.
.. The simple fact is that mature trout migrate instinctively upstream to gravels suitable for spawning. That's going on right now and the surprises are wondrous to behold.
.. Recent fishing along the park reaches of the Gallatin River has been delightful, (save for the smoke in the air and air temperatures in the low 80's.) There are still some hoppers and spruce moths and beetles and flying ants attempting to swim in the river.
.. Fall catching on the Gallatin River is enhanced by finding the optimum conjunction of terrestrial and aquatic circumstances. No giant insight here.
.. The most successful neighbors count at least five factors that must come together in very extremely close proximity for optimum catching: Sagebrush Flats, Willow Bottoms, Lodgepole Pines, Riffles punctuated by Dark Water Pools, and Undercut Banks. The diversity and availability of foodstuffs in these areas accounts for both trout and bear density. Keep that in mind!
.. The weather is often less of a factor than conventional wisdom would dictate. Right now we're in a similar weather pattern that we experienced two years ago when temperatures of 85°F were seen in October. It could happen again.
.. Fish are still migrating and spawning. Photoperiod and water temperature are key triggers for the current sort of sexual shenanigans that the trout are enjoying.
.. The near-term weather forecast calls for unseasonably warm and dry periods for up to the next two weeks.
.. Evenings, of late, have been in the 20's but promise to rise into the 40's. Some clouds and some widely scattered showers may grace parts of the neighborhood but they will not significantly alter the trend - or the trout and bear behavior. Keep in mind that the berry crop is low and the bruins are ranging widely.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

As You Like It

Submarines Arriving Daily
or, try a beaver dam

.. This has to be quick. The big fish, running up the Madison River from Hebgen Reservoir, are coming in waves and running fast and far. The Gibbon River in National Park Meadows even has a couple of the monsters - ALREADY!
.. Follow the neighbors. Walk miles and miles. Cover acres and acres of water. You shall be rewarded.
.. The folks that are catching fish are moving around. Moving around as much as fishing.
.. They are behaving like the steelhead fishers of the Pacific Coast. 
.. Try this: CAST - SWING - SHORT JERK RETRIEVE - THREE STEPS - REPEAT. Get in line. Do the conga. Exercise the pool and your arm. Then, (very important,) move on. Move to another pool. Move to another location. Move to another state, (it's easy to do along the park line.)
.. Fish will eat your fly if they choose to. Switch flies if they aren't on it. It is happening right now. Get here and stay for the next month or so.
..If you're not a headhunter there is great fishing all around us. Hebgen Lake still has some gulpers working to the continuing hatches. Try it, you'll like it.
.. The Gallatin River is in perfect shape and the elbows have left the room. Spruce moths continue to swim near the wooded areas. There are morning, (or all day,) hatches on our blessedly cloudy days. Mostly it's BWO's in the forenoon and a few caddis and, yes Betty, hoppers wake up when it gets a bit warmer.
.. You can fish the Gallatin River all day with an Adams followed by a Prince Nymph and do just fine. Fish with a friend and be very bear aware in the northern reachers of the park water. Hell's Bells - be bear aware along the whole valley. There was just a mauling over the hills. An elk hunter called in a sow griz.
.. A couple of the neighbor kids visited the Firehole River. It's still a bit too warm by mid-day. They sampled the Little Firehole River and Nez Perce Creek. They found both bears and fish. They avoided the bears and stuck the fish with soft hackles.
.. All this kind of exuberant activity drains what little energy we have.
.. There are some nice, well hidden, beaver ponds in, and around the neighborhood.
.. They don't get much press. That's fine with us. A leisurely stroll around them will produce as many fish as mosquito bites in July.
.. We like to watch the noses as they slide up beneath the unsuspecting bugs and bits. Brook Trout reign supreme in these little pools of water.
.. There is, on occasion, a surprise in the form of a 14" - 16" monster. We don't expect much in the way of size - the solitude and gentility are compensation enough.
.. Adventurous neighbors have probed the bear closure boundaries of Duck Creek. There are many fish willing to eat anything that comes their way.
..  Campanula Creek has been neglected by most of the neighbors this year - much to the joy of one youngster that can walk that far. The fish rise freely to anything in the size 12 - 16 range. Sparsely tied caddis seem to be the favorite of the hikers. A Royal Wulff is also a good choice. BEAR SPRAY and an alert friend are mandatory. Singing and joking are requisite behaviors also.
.. That's enough for now - got to go visit some kits we know of.

Z Fish Report (9/20/12)

It is difficult to say how the fishing is here this week. There have been very few people fishing, with all the better captains staying at home. (A few tourists have chartered boats through “coyotes” for a cheap price and got their usual boat ride).

I do know the rains were heavy to the north of Ixtapa and have discolored the inshore waters up there. They have been considerably less south of Zihuatanejo, so if you want roosterfish, it will be better to go south. (A couple of different nights they got over 4 inches in two hours up near Troncones, whereas I live near the airport, and we got sprinkles).

From the Terrafin Satellite photos, the clean water is hugging the 100 fathom line all up and down the coast, and averaging about 85°.

Ed Kunze

For a better understanding of our seasons and species of fish here in Ixtapa /Zihuatanejo, please click on this link:  

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

hard work

Sometimes you get up early and work hard.
Sometimes you put pants on and boots on and sweat and get serious and move with conviction.
Sometimes you do important things; things that matter to others and need to be done.

And sometimes you float around the lake smoking fat cigars and getting nipple-tan while sticking hungry LMB on frogs.

-Alex who likes those times the best.

PS the pimp-my-net net has now had its cherry popped and smells of sweet stank.

Quality fish....

Well the fishing is really firing at the moment, here are a couple of the better fish Eric Upton has caught in recent days.....

Long may it last....

Monday, September 17, 2012

Autumn Intermezzo

Waxing Poetic ?
just do it all
.. Trapped between blistering Summer Days and pipe-bursting Winter Nights is the season of celebration here in the high country. You will hear it time and again "IT'S MY FAVORITE SEASON!"
.. Could be. This is the time for the media to sink into praise of the natural world. Beauty seems to be the theme of most poesy.
.. We're not good at spinning the glories of the season. We do, however, participate in the offerings of the moment.
.. There's grouse to pluck, (and eat.) There's deer and elk to gut, and dress, and freeze, and eat. There's fish to torture with a relish and abandon not seen in the previous few months. There's gawking, walking, hiking, birding, and hunting.
.. Honking from the sky is a sure signal. Quacking over the marshes and willow flats is a signal. Diminished traffic and fewer school-aged hooligans in the village is a sign. Crusty farts in rubber pants in the dim pubs is a sign. Fall is upon us and the colors will fade as quickly as they have come.
.. We are drawn to the rivers, (but not to the exclusion of other bits of the neighborhood.)
.. We clog the air filter of our trusty horse along the dusty forest roads, (those that are still open.)
.. We ascend to the berry patches for a quart or two of blue gold, (sparse as they are in this dry year.) We sing to the bears and hope that they move on.
.. This is the season to cram it all in. Football looms large, (homecoming in another week.) BBQ's become focal as the chilly air threatens to limit the opportunity in the near future.
.. Smokers are cleaned and the slime of the Mountain Whitefish becomes a sought after treasure. There are, indeed, Whitefish hoarders.
.. Coolant, battery blankets, block heaters, and tires become a bit of concern as the sky lowers and darkens it's clouds. Calking, heat tape, and snow blowers vie for our attention, along with shovels, shoes, coats, and skates. Where did we put the ski boots?
.. The autumnal equinox is on September 22, this year. That will leave just 100 days until 2013 and we will have escaped the end of the world one more time. Don't hold your breath.
.. Feather merchants are in the final push for sales, and guides are already leaving the scene for more salubrious climes. Fishing is winding down and up. The Fall Fishing Frenzy will hit hard in the next three weeks. The summer fishers will seek solace elsewhere. And, so it goes.
.. We need to post this now. Resident fish are eating small nymphs, size 22 Tricos, and chasing stripped Matuka flies.
.. Migrating runners are eating anything big and ugly as they move into the sex rooms of proper gravel and flow.
.. There's a lot to do and, as usual, not enough time to do it in!
.. And, yes, it's mouse time again.