My fellow fishing guides and I set out on a "road trip" to the Bechler River. We were looking for some challenging fishing, big fish and a long hike. We found them all at the Bechler located in the Southwest corner of YNP. The river is about 4 miles from the TH at the Ranger Station. It's a long flat hike as easy as they come, but after fishing all day in the meadow it seems a lot longer and tougher hiking out.
|Wilson and Ben|
So, how was the fishing? Well, matching wits with these big rainbow trout was nothing short of humbling, to say the least!
|Ben and I|
Sure enough the big fish were there and the river and meadow section are beautiful. We knew it would be tough as these fish are regarded as some of the hardest to catch in Montana. These rainbows are smart and super spooky. I mean you couldn't put your big toe in the water without spooking these guys. Trying to get close to them for a short accurate cast, that's not going to happen. At the slightest disturbance they would spot you and be gone. The meadow also has tall grass and willows that catch your flies or prohibit a long cast across this wide flat river. The fish of course were in the outside bends and under the high banks. Trying to get a fly to them properly delivered without drag was a challenge indeed. Any walking on the high banks spooked the fish. There were tons of small brown hoppers with yellow abdomens in the meadow. I saw no hatches on the day other than a small Trico size 24. So, the three of us would take turns spotting and then stalking the bigger fish and casting to them. I had a perfect copy of this hopper a small Korn's Wrapped Hopper in size #14, but even with a good cast just the fly hitting the water would spook the fish every time!
|Finally we got a break and Ben found a big fish in a small side channel, delivered a red and black ant and the fish rose and took it.|
|the fight was on...|
|Ben with his ~ 20 inch Rainbow...|
|If I look happy with this little fish, it's because I am...|
No skunk for me!