Showing posts from July, 2013

Grizzly Mama!

As we were driving back from our visit to Old Faithful we came upon a mama Grizzly bear and two cubs.  We spotted one of the cubs first and then the other.  We knew that mama couldn't be far behind and sure enough she came out in sight.  She looked like a young mama and this could be her first cubs.  It is always so special to see these awesome animals so up close and personal.  I am always thankful that we meet them while in our truck.

Sightseeing Days

We have had quite a bit of heavy rain the last few days and the Gardner and Yellowstone Rivers look like chocolate milk.  The fish will not be biting in this water so we went sightseeing.  We spent a day in Bozeman, Montana in the old part of town filled with little shops and cafes.  We had lunch outside at an old renovated filling station and then into the newer part of town to pick up some supplies for back at camp. Today we put Stella in the car with us and drove down to Old Faithful.  This is such an iconic place and a must see even if you have been there before.  The drive is beautiful and so diverse.  The lodge is one of our favorite places to visit.  While we were eating lunch we met a family from California but the father grew up in Brockport NY!  Such a small world.  

Then it was back through the park with a stop at Gibbon Falls.  This is such a beautiful spot and a nice place to get out and take a stroll along the top of the gorge.  Excitement lay ahead but that will be in …

High Country Brook Trout

Michelle and I went to hike the high country today and to try for some skinny water brook trout.  With less snow on the mountains in and around the park water levels are down making the the high country waters low and skinny.  

The latest happenings from YNP

Yesterday 7/27 Saturday, was a rest day with Michelle and I driving out to West Yellowstone.  We split up after having coffee with Michelle hitting the gift shops and me going to all 6 fly shops in town where I picked up a few fly tying items.  The shop has special requested that I tie a bunch of flies for them while I'm here especially my Korn's Spent Wing Caddis which has been a killer in the Northeast corner of the park.  The guides are gobbling them up as fast as I can tie them with none of them making it to the fly rack for sale!

We had a nice time in West Yellowstone but as we got back to Gardiner it looked very dark over the mountains. We stopped in the shop and no sooner said hi to my guiding buddies; Ben, Richard and Wilson when the skies opened up with heavy rain for a good 45 minutes which is a lot in this high plains desert.  It's been great catching up with my old friends.  Wally had my two copies of his book "Yellowstone Country Flies" saved for me.…

Gardner River at the High Bridge

I didn't get out and about until 11:30 today.  Michelle was off to do some shopping in town so I went fishing... just a quick couple of hours.  The weather has been very warm with temp's in the 90's. When the water is warm and low it makes for difficult fishing and you just have to work harder.  I got a chance to use my 1949 Orvis Battenkill bamboo fly rod and reel catching 5 rainbows and 2 brown trout.  All in the 7-10 inch range.

Our Favorite Fishing Hole

There is nothing like being surrounded by mountains, blue sky and open land as far as you can see.  Fishing in Gardner's Hole makes for a near perfect day.  We hiked in a few miles before changing into our fishing shoes and set off to see if the fish were biting.  They were.  We each caught quite a few brook trout as we followed the snaking Gardner River.  The only company we had, beside the fish, were several elk, a prairie dog and a very special visitor - a bald eagle.  As we were hiking out, a beautiful bald eagle circled overhead as if to see us off after a good day of fishing.

Antler Round-Up 2013

For those of you keeping tabs on the "Antler Round-Up"...

Michelle is behind early in the competition 4 to nil.  Hopefully this year she can get off the schnide!

Sunset and the Elk Show!

Here's a couple of photos from last night...

Sunset over Gardiner and YNP.

Yellowstone National Park... Brook Trout tune-up

Michelle and I hit a small brook trout stream in YNP today.  Michelle hasn't fly fished since our trip out here in 2011 so this was a good first outing for her to "practice" on some willing brookies.  It's like riding a bike for her and she was back in form in no time.

The Best Campsite in the West

Two years ago when we visited, we eyed a certain campsite that we thought would be the perfect place to camp.  This year we are parked there and what a great spot it is!  We can look out over the Yellowstone and Gardner Rivers through our living room window.  In the distance we can see cars and campers lined up to get into Yellowstone National Park just behind the town of Gardiner.  On our first night we watch elk frolicking on the bank of the river underneath a bright and glorious full moon. 

When we arrived in Gardiner on Sunday afternoon the high temperatures had been there to meet us.  The summer climate in Gardiner is usually a beautiful 80 degrees and sunny.  This week it is going to be in the 90's.  Luckily the nights are cool and good for sleeping.  Early afternoons get hot and the high plains desert winds really pick up.  This makes for tough fishing but we will give it our best try.  As you can see, Doug has already braved the elements. 

On Our Way West

We are off on another great adventure west.  Our first few days of travel went very well but were hot, hot, hot.  We were thankful to find a cool pool at most of our campgrounds and an endless supply of air conditioning in our fifth wheel camper and truck.   One of our stops was in Mitchell, SD where you can visit the one and only Corn Palace.  Given our last name, we had to visit.  With the promise of a cold beer with dinner, Doug agreed to go.  The outside of the Corn Place is covered with murals created from ears of corn.  Every year they are stripped off and new murals created.

While in Mitchell we noticed their main radio station office and went inside for a picture.

Back on the road in South Dakota we found cooler temperatures and endless highway.  The landscape is very flat and there are fields and fields of corn, soybeans and sunflowers.  We were anxious to land at our final destination, Gardiner, Montana.