Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sheepeater Cliffs, YNP

Michelle and I fished the Gardiner River at Sheepeater Cliffs today. This is her favorite spot in YNP. It was a tough hike to get to the area we fish for brook trout but once there it's wonderful. We caught some fish, had some lunch by the cascades and even fished the Cascade pool... a beautiful place.


Our lunch spot.... Chelle could sit here all day.






Thursday, July 28, 2016

A soak, breakfast and some fishing too...

Michelle and I started our day by getting up early at 6am and headed to Boiling River in Yellowstone National Park. This area has underground hot springs which flow out of the earth and down into the Gardiner River providing a "Mother Nature's Hot Tub". There was no one else there as we parked and drank the last of our morning coffee on the walk down to the river. Just as I was stepping into the river I happened to look and coming low and straight at us was a beautiful Bald Eagle, what a sight as he flew about 50 feet above us gliding down the Gardiner. 
After a good long soak we were off to Roosevelt Lodge and a big breakfast, then a drive through the Lamar River Valley to see the Bison. There were a few fisherman too, but hundreds of Bison.... a very nice relaxing morning indeed.

This afternoon I was back on the Yellowstone River. The section I fished today is rugged with difficult walking and wading, getting cliffed out, then hiking up and around and back down to the river.  I fished up river with a dark yellow foam Korn's Split-tail Hopper and a Korn's Spent-wing tan Caddis as a dropper. The combo was deadly, with both flies taking fish throughout the 4 hours of fishing. I fished one of my favorite fly rods today a custom built Dave Lewis Sage Z-Axis in 9' 5wt. with a Hardy reel.

Yellowstone Cutthroat

Brown Trout

Bigger Brown....
 Here's a series of photos landing the final fish of the day a Yellowstone Cutthroat. 
All-n-all 16 fish brought to hand and I missed a few too...


"on the fly"


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Brown time?...


I had an early start today. My buddy here in Montana, Ben, picked me up and we headed to a little honey hole we know. We only had a few hours to fish, as Ben had to work, but we picked up several nice browns doing some nymphing. I used my refurbished Wonderod 8'6", she likes a 6wt. line spooled on a vintage Orvis Madison click reel.....We had a great time fishing and catching up since I last saw Ben in 2013.....


Ben with a 17-18 inch Brown...

Here I am with a 15-16 inch Brown...




fishing the Yellowstone... until the storm...

I got a chance to get away for a couple of hours today and fish the Yellowstone River not far from our RV campground.

It was a perfect afternoon for fishing. That lasted about 2 hours, then a storm rolled in and I had to get out of Dodge before the thunder and lightning took over.... I caught 5 fish all on my Wrapped Foam Golden Stone and GSS Emerger dropper.... 4 Cutthroats and 1 Rainbow. Today's gear - Ben Turpin 8' 5wt. bamboo fly rod and JW Young/Walker reel with Cortland Classic DTF 5 fly line.

Yellowstone Rainbow

Friday, July 22, 2016

Yellowstone Brookies

My wife, Michelle and I got out this morning and hit one of our favorite Brook trout streams in YNP.....


First fish of the day..... used my Barclay 7'5" 3wt. and loving it for these Brookies...



Michelle with a good fish for this stream.....


Yep - those are bear tracks.... 


A little bit of hiking can get you into some awesome back country.....


Last fish of the day...... 

All in all a fun morning, lunch and early afternoon fishing together and enjoying this beautiful river valley.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Pond fishing with my Grandson...

This past week we camped with our son Russ and his family. Needless to say we throughly thrashed the camp pond for Sunfish and Bass... It was great to "guide" my grandson Jackson as he landed a bunch of fish and had a blast.


Russ and Jackson with one of his many Sunfish.

and a nice Small Mouth Bass

Happy 4th of July...