Showing posts from August, 2011

Our Last Nights in Gardiner, MT

Our last campfire in Gardiner was on a typical cool evening with the gentle breeze that always blew through the mountains.  We made some delicious grilled cheese sandwiches in our pie iron - Yum!  We hated to go to bed knowing that we only had one last day in this peaceful place.  The next day we packed up, took a walk, and had dinner at Rosie's.  We met some good friends there for a last drink or two and promised to stay in touch.

We certainly have done everything we wanted to do (except for my zip-lining) and definitely more than we expected.  We saw some beautiful places and went to areas where only a few lucky people get to go.  It was such a privilege to be able to experience YNP the way that we did.  Doug has been scouting out all of the best spots for the past several years and he picked out all of the best ones to share with me.  We are in awe of the beauty and majesty of this place and marvel at the diversity and openness.  My favorite spot was the waterfall at Sheepeater.…

Living in Gardiner, MT

Living as a Gardiner MT resident for a month was wonderful.  The pace is nice and slow, the air is soft and cool.  The town itself is small and you can visit each store and business easily within a few hours.  There are no stop lights and the library is only open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.   Once you are done checking out the town, there is nothing left to do but read, fish and relax. In Gardiner we walked everywhere.  It was good daily exercise since our campground was up a pretty steep hill.   Right next door is the amazing Yellowstone River and we could go over and play anytime we wanted to.

This is Park's Fly Shop where Doug works - or worked.  He is still tying flies for them throughout the year but he was not doing much guiding this year - except for me!  The shop has been here in Gardiner since 1953.

Across the street from the fly shop is the Two Bit Saloon.  You can get breakfast, lunch and dinner there and a $1 PBR.  One of our favorite restaurants called the Raven used t…

"Last Chance" on the Yellowstone River

Last night we had Wally and Wilson up to our RV for dinner.  Hots, hamburgers, baked beans, deviled eggs, coleslaw and homemade camper cookies for dessert.  Michelle out did herself...  Later a campfire, a few PBR's and LOTS of fishing talk.  It was great to spend some time with the guys.

With only today to fish and tomorrow for packing up and prepping to leave Yellowstone Country I fished my "Last Chance" for this YNP season.   We head back to VA. early on Monday, Aug. 22nd...

Michelle decided yesterday's fishing was tough to beat so she settled in with a good book and the mountains for company.  But I had to get out one more time for a couple of hours on the Yellowstone River down the old road...  With 14 fish brought to hand and the landing of my first "double" in YNP,  I couldn't ask for a better ending.

Here are some photos:

What a wonderful time we have had experiencing the sights and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park as-well-as fishing it…

Video of Gardner's Hole - One of our Favorite Places

Take a look at this short video clip from our hike into Gardner's Hole.  At the end of the clip you will see a dark green stand of pines.  That was where we were hiking for our fishing trip that day.  This is as close as I can get you without a plane ticket!  Enjoy!

Hayden Valley

Hayden Valley is in the southern part of YNP and a beautiful place to go to see wide open spaces and wildlife.  Well, we saw plenty of space but not much wildlife.  The gorgeous scenery made up for it and we had a great day.  We stopped at Canyon Village and checked out a small museum there along with the gift shops.  Of course we had to get an ice cream cone too!

Fishing in Gardner's Hole

Gardner's Hole is a favorite fishing spot of Doug's.  We hiked in about 2 miles past the stand of pine trees that you see in the picture.  There is a small canyon just beyond that spot that Doug wanted to explore and fish.  This area is so awesome - as in big and beautiful!  When you stand up on the trail and look out it is just amazing.  And you don't hear any noise but the wind!  It was a great day and hard to say good-bye to this amazing place on earth.  But we will be back!

We fished for several hours and caught a ton of fish!  Many of them were small brook trout but they are still fun to catch.  The male brook trout are so colorful.  Here are some pictures of Doug and I catching one of the many fish of the day.

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone River

Michelle and I had fabulous dinner at Rosie's here in Gardiner.  After dinner we met up with Ben and Wilson and had a few PBR's and of course talked about the guide trips the guys had and our day on Slough Creek... At some point in the conversation Ben said he had the day off tomorrow and that he had marked me off on the PFS guide trip calendar as well, hmmmmm...

I said: "Where are you thinking of going?"

Ben said: "Black Canyon."
"Wow, that's a good hike and I just did 11 miles into Slough Creek, the Black Canyon will be another 8-9 miles..."
"So, are you game?"
"Chelle is it OK with you?"  She said: "Go have fun."
"OK I'm in." I said.  (thinking I must be crazy for doing back-to-back hikes on this ankle)

BUT--- I'm so glad I did... Ben and I had a great day of fishing and fellowship.  He is great to be around, easy going, carefree and one hell of a fisherman.   We caught a boat load of fish in the 12…

Fifth-Wheel Life

It has been over one month living in our fifth-wheel RV.  We have two more weeks to go and so far we are really enjoying it.  Our "rig" is very comfortable with all that we need and more.  There is just enough room for the two of us plus our dog Stella.  Here are some pictures of our home away from home.

Slough Creek - Second Meadow Hike

The Second Meadow at Slough Creek is a magnificent spot!  It is a long hike in - about 5 miles -  with much of it uphill.  We started the trek in at 6:30 am.  The moon followed us in for most of the morning.

After reaching second meadow and the "picture spot", we rigged up and started to fish.  We worked our way around to this canyon that had many boulders.  Doug had me rock hopping to get to many small pools.  Yes, we worked our way right down the stretch in the picture standing on rocks to fish.  The fish were not interested in dry flies at all and it was probably because the water was very cold.  We were there early in the morning and we could still see frost on the plants.  Not only that but when you are rock hopping, you are almost guaranteed to be in the water at some point!   We know first hand just how cold that water is!

We had almost no luck catching fish until we moved to another part of Slough Creek.  Once Doug figured out what to use to catch these stubborn fish,…