Flat Creek – 2014/09/09

I hit up Flat Creek again today after work. I only saw two risers: one I put down with a poor approach, the other I caught on a rusty spinner. There was another epic spinner fall, and also the most midges I have ever seen. The landed fish was likely the same one that broke me off on Thursday. It was a bit breezy, but a nice night nonetheless.

Flat Creek Otters

I’m a big fan of otters, but not when they are chasing the trouts I’m trying to catch.

Flat Creek Cutty

A beautiful fish.

Flat Creek Bugs

What every fly-fisher loves to see…the beginnings of a great spinner fall.

Gros Ventre River – 2014/09/06

After a lazy start to the day, I hit up the usual stretch of the Gros Ventre. I caught four, missed a couple, and brought up a few more. All of the action was on either a hopper or Fat Albert. It was a little windy when I got out there, but it turned into a nice evening.

Gros Ventre River

Some of my favorite water.

Gros Ventre Cutty

The biggest of the day casually sipped a Hopper Grand.

Flat Creek – 2014/08/29

I left work a little early again today and hit up Flat Creek. Like Wednesday, there were tons of flying ants out, only these ones were much bigger. The fish were keyed in on them even though there was a good hatch of mayflies. I caught two and missed a couple on a flying ant pattern of some kind. The fish switched to spinners later in the evening, and I caught one, broke off a big fish, and missed a few more on a rusty spinner. Another perfect evening to be on the Refuge.

Flat Creek

I love this little creek.

Flat Creek Cutty

I thought this was a much bigger fish from its rise form.

Flat Creek Cutty

I have (likely) broken off and lost this cutty on separate occasions before finally landing ‘em tonight.

Flat Creek Cutty

Upon release the big cutty swam straight for the nearest undercut bank. It wasn’t spooked by my presence as it recovered, so I got some underwater shots.

Flat Creek – 2014/08/23

After a couple hours in the office, I hit up the Refuge. It was windy to say the least, and there was one passing rain shower. A pretty good hatch was happening when I got there, with at least two different mayflies, but it seemed to taper off as the evening wore on. I managed to catch two despite the wind. Both fell for a rabbit’s foot emerger. Even with the hatches, I hardly saw any risers at all.

Flat Creek

Plenty of rain has fallen in August.

Flat Creek Cutty

The biggest of the season on Flat Creek so far.

Flat Creek – 2014/08/03

When I got there at 4, the crowd wasn’t too bad on the Refuge. I had a stretch of water to myself for a bit, and then the evening crowd showed up and started creeping closer. I caught three, missed two, and broke off one. I knew that wind knot was going to cost me. I’m not sure if those missed and broken off were any bigger than 16″. All of the action was on mayfly patterns of some kind or another.

Flat Creek

Nice light on Miller Butte.

Flat Creek Cutty

Fell for a small mayfly emerger.

Flat Creek Cutty

Took a Parachute Adams as it was starting to get dark.

Blacktail Creek – 2014/08/01

There were at least 30 cars in the two Refuge turnouts (craziness) as I headed north to Blacktail Creek. There was a pretty good mayfly hatch when I got there, and again in the evening. I caught three, lost one, and missed two on small mayfly emergers. I also missed one on a small cinnamon ant in between the hatches. Aside from one guy who didn’t stay long, I had the water to myself.

Blacktail Creek

There was the occasional weather that never hit me.

Blacktail Creek Cutty

I was targeting another fish, when this nice cutty surprised me.

Blacktail Creek Cutty

It took about five fly changes before I finally figured out this great cutty.