I hit up the Blacktail stretch this afternoon. No bugs and no risers, which means no dries. Instead I caught two on a white streamer of some kind. Lost two others, one of which felt huge, and likely missed a couple more. Breezy with temps in the upper-30s.
Fishing with a view.
Not caught on a dry fly, but a nice fish nonetheless.
I wanted to see if I could catch any of the good fish I missed/lost last week, so I hit up the South Park stretch again. The hatch wasn’t as strong, but there were some risers nonetheless. I caught two, the biggest of which I hooked last week, on BWO patterns. I lost and missed two other good fish, and didn’t get a good hook set on what felt like a donkey. Perfect weather for November.
Perfect November weather continues.
Lost last weekend, landed this week.
South Park was today’s destination, and there was a good BWO hatch. I caught around eight fish and managed to miss/lose a bunch more. Of course the three biggest were ones I lost. Most of the action was on a small parachute Adams. Sunny and mid-40s, which is very nice for November.
Perfect November weather.
November dry fly action.
Since I slept at the access, I just fished the Raynolds stretch once it warmed up a bit. I started out with streamers, but nothing. I then tried nymphs and caught two browns, one on a rubberlegs and the bigger of the two on the small zebra midge trailer. I lost a small rainbow on the midge as well. Like yesterday, I found a pod of risers, but thankfully it didn’t take me as long to figure them out. I caught two rainbows and lost another on a Griffith’s gnat. I didn’t see another person until I was walking out and was on the road home shortly after three.
The pod of risers was in the foreground, shallow water.
A small Griffith’s gnat is what this rainbow fell for.
This brown took a #20 zebra midge.
I was on the Firehole shortly after nine. I started out with a yellow streamer, nothing. I switched to a black one and had a donkey of a rainbow attack it. Literally clearing the water by a foot. After that I only managed a small brown on the Firehole. I then moved on to the Madison, but the park stretch was packed. I did find some promising, open water and manged a decent brown on the same black streamer. After that I thought, “screw the park,” and tried between the lakes. It too was packed. So on to the Raynolds stretch, which was devoid of people. Go figure. I continued with streamers, but nothing. I tried some nymphs, but only managed a small rainbow on a tiny zebra midge. I found a pod of risers fairly late in the afternoon. I spent the next two hours trying to figure them out. 15 patterns later, I finally fooled a good brown, probably 18″, on a tiny midge pattern of some kind, but lost it after a few minutes.
This rainbow attacked a black conehead bugger.
This brown fell for the same black streamer.
The scenic Raynolds Pass stretch of the Madison.
Flat Creek was this afternoon’s destination. There was a good hatch of tiny Baetis, and I was able to catch a couple. The smaller of the two was caught on a #18 BWO cripple. The donkey was caught on a #20 BWO emerger of some kind. I got some refusals and missed some as well. It was a bit breezy, otherwise a nice late-October day.
The views from the Refuge never get old.
Even small Flat Creek cuttys fight hard.
The first Flat Creek donkey of the year.