Fly fishing the Lamar River in Yellowstone National Park is a treat for any angler. Native Yellowstone Cutthroat abound, and freely rise to dry flies. The opportunity to fish and stand knee deep in the cool waters of "Americas serengetti" is memorable!
Gazing over his kingdom, the Bull Bison of the Lamar Valley! August is rushing to a close and the Bison of Yellowstone Park are still causing quite a stir. The grasses have mostly turned golden yellow, a few aspens are showing signs of the upcoming fall season, and the large mature Bull Bison have sporadically started to disperse from the herds. Love these big bulls covered in dust and grass, with their full summer coats just begging for a photo!
Ruffed Grouse using a tree trunk for cover. Not bad my friend, but I can kinda still see you.
A constant chorus of Osprey chirps and calls serenades the streamside angler these days, as this years newborn ospreys take the wind for the first time. One of all time favorite birds that dive into the areas rivers and lake from high above, talons first, to snatch a meal. It is quite a sight to behold.
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August is "that" time of year for Yellowstone's Bison herds. Bull Bison are in full glory, with their majestic manes of hair and fur, long beards, and mantled legs, they are a sight to behold. Take a trip to Hayden or Lamar Valleys to witness these 2000lb behemoths. Or, continue to stay updated through this blog for the next couple of weeks while I try to highlight and share my best experiences with "King Bison". Very Cool!!!
Quick flurries of sunny yellow burst through the stream-side vegetation along the many rivers of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. The Yellow Warbler is a constant companion singing its sweet song all day long, while it hunts for the various aquatic insects emerging from our local waters.
Beautiful sunrise in Yellowstone National park this morning. Pretty good start to Hump Day! So far, August has started a lot like July this year, with a bit of cloud cover, sprinkling of rain, a tad bit cooler temperatures than what seems normal. These conditions have contributed to a very interesting summer!
The different species of Swallows are constant companions when fishing the rivers of the greater Yellowstone region. This tree swallow was taking a break from eating Baetis mayflies on the Yellowstone near Buffalo Ford the other day. The irredescence of their backs can be quite striking depending on the direction of the light!
The shade of Yellowstone this morning, September. All day rain yesterday left a mantle of snow on all the peaks this morning. Low hanging clouds gripping the mid section of the mountains, dreary wet rain, and temperatures in the 40's left me feeling that it was late September not the end of July. The weather is constantly changing in Yellowstone country, and contributes greatly to the infectious charm of this region. Love it!!!!
This shot was taken a few weeks back. At the time we were in the middle of some stifling heat for us, with daytime highs poking into the 90's. Things were looking a little bleak, as a low winter snowpack, coupled with the heat wave had us worried about the rest of the summer. I was sure our somewhat brief green season was going to be gone before you knew it. However, the heat subsided somewhat and in fact a few drenching rain showers have blessed the Yellowstone ecosystem to keep things a bit green in places. While flowers such as these Lupine in the foreground of this shot have mostly passed this summer on by, it was quite the floral show for a few weeks.
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An afternoon storm begins to clear just as the suns goes down behind the Gravelly Mountain range. Fishing the Slide section of the Madison River can be quite the challenge, but summer evenings in July provide the oppurtunity to cast caddis dry flies, such as the venerable "x caddis" to fast rising browns and rainbows.
Salmonflies just moved through the Madison River this past week. All the birds and the fish took advantage of these large morsels
One of the aspects of summer in the greater Yellowstone region that I enjoy the most is to observe the annual doings of some of the critters. Just about every morning I pass by a beautiful set of ponds just off of Beaver Creek. Every year there are a few of the same animals that use these ponds to raise their young. The past couple of seasons I have seen these Ring Necked Ducks raise multiple ducklings. Once again this year there are at least 6 ducklings if I count the flurry of fluffy activity correctly. Last night a few of them were capturing a little snooze.
Watching the sunset over the Madison River, after fishing the Salmonfly hatch.
Last year while spending the summer guiding fisherman in the greater Yellowstone area, I attempted to post 100 times over the course of the summer. This year, I am shooting for something half as ambitious and maybe slightly more likely. How about 50 posts all related to a summer season spent in Yellowstone. Day one is an evening on the Duck with a foreground of blooming Lupine. The official start of Summer yesterday, and we are awash in flowers and the height of the green season here in Yellowstone.
I have observed this a few times, but yesterday on the Henry's Fork I watched a half dozen red tail and swainson hawks, catch and feast, on salmonflies and golden stones. It was quite the spectacle until and equal spectacle of lightning and thunder chased me to the car
First of the year Warbler for me. The Yellow Rumped Warbler is a constant companion while fishing the rivers of Montana in the spring. This beautiful little bird seems to always be feasting on the same bugs the fish are feeding on.