Fall in Yellowstone country can be short but sweet, and it feel to me that this year might just be that. It has been a great Autumn, with spectacular color across the region. The fish, wildlife, and vegetation all seem to be celebrating this magical season. Love it!
Grand Teton National Park
Love the Tetons, but especially love them in the Fall as the variety of fauna in that region goes off the charts color wise. The wildlife can also be quite spectacular with bugling Elk, rutting moose, and feasting black bears adding quite a spice to the days fishing. More to come....
This weekend marks the end of the Firehole Ranch season for 2014. It has been a great summer, with awesome guests, memorable fishing, and as always, the backdrop of the greater yellowstone region making the experience completely special and unique. Thanks to everyone at the Firehole Ranch, from my fellow guides, management, staff, and most importantly the guests and friends (new and returning) that choose to fish with us every year.
The view from the overlook at Tower of the Yellowstone River as it exits the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This is one of the more stunning views in Yellowstone, and this morning, the fog that had settled into the canyon overnight started to lift as the morning sun stretched it rays down the canyon walls. In a matter of minutes the thick fog that had completely obscured the canyon, had completely dispersed.
3 different Bull Elk around Mammoth, YNP the past couple of days. Lots of bugling early, then these bulls are high tailing it for the trees and higher ground.
One of my favorite seasons, elk time! Not the hunting kind, but the photography kind. The rut is in full swing in Yellowstone National Park, bugles echoing off the peaks surrounding Mammoth, Madison Junction, and the high slopes of the Lamar Valley. Love it!
Madison River in Yellowstone National Park. Cool mornings, and evenings are a great time to hit the Madison in the Park. Grab a few streamers, large soft hackles, or some large nymphs (such as SJW's, rubber leg stones, or prince nymphs) and hit the water between Madison Junction to Baker's Hole.
21 degrees this morning and the leaves of the aspens and the undergrowth are starting to turn a brilliant yellow, orange and red. Lots of frost this morning, time to bundle up in the mornings. The forecast looks absolutely outstanding the next few days. The best of fall is here!
Looks like some beautiful fall weather for the rest of the week-mostly sunny and highs in the upper 60's to low 70's. Toss in a few flying ants and we have a recipe for a fantastic September fishing day!
August started soggy and it ended soggy. I cannot remember ever having this month be so wet in Yellowstone country. All the rain made for some interesting fishing this past month. I am hoping for a long Fall!
Gotta Love Fishing Dogs!
It has been a very wet August! I cannot remember and August that has had so much precipitation from stalled out storm fronts. Yesterday we had snow on some of the peaks surrounding Yellowstone country. I am hoping this a prelude to a long and intense Indian Summer, but it might be indicative of a long and cold winter instead. However, the weather pattern looks like the latter part of this week will bring back our more typical August weather-70 and sunny!
Brown Trout can make people happy, I know they do me. My favorite of the trout species we get to fish to here in Yellowstone country, the Brown Trout loves to haunt the grassy banks of the Madison. This one fell for one of the oldest tricks in the book, dead drifting the woolly bugger. Can be deadly at times!
It has been raining in the Yellowstone region for most of the last 3 days. I cannot remember an August that has started out with this wet of a weather pattern. It looks (and feels) and little more like mid September right now. The weather always keeps you on your toes in Yellowstone, and plays a critical role in your fishing decisions every day. Trying to play the chess game of figuring out the best water to fish based on the that days weather is always one of the greatest challenges, but usually our weather is a bit more predictable this time of year. August is usually 80+ degrees, abundant sunshine, and maybe a stray afternoon thunderstorm. The velocity of the wind is usually the only variable to consider. But with all the moisture, cool days in the 50's and 60's, and lots of cloud cover, the factors are a little bit more considerable this past week. The forecast is for a few more days of this weather pattern, so once again todays decision is a bit more complex and a bit different than years past.
A few awesome Cutthroat from the past week of fishing in the greater Yellowstone area.
Only one day left in July, and the Madison's month of evening caddis is nearing the end. Every night, if conditions are right, hydropsyche caddis emerge from the riffles and rocks of the Madison river. The emergence of this prolific aquatic insect, provides some of the best dry fly fishing of the year on the Madison. A nice bonus to this activity is it often coincides with some classic Montana sunsets!