Sunday, September 22, 2013

Trout Tails - September 22, 2013

Brad and I headed out for our annual Yellowstone trip last week.  The flight out was pretty smooth, we arrived in Bozeman around 10:30pm, picked up our bags, and some supplies before heading to Gardiner.  Rolled into Gardiner about 1:30 am and caught a few hours of sleep before hitting the Yellowstone bright and early. Most of the trip this year focused on the Cutthroat waters (Yellowstone, Lamar, Soda Butte, etc.).  They are having a low water year this year, and many of our hotspots for bigger browns and rainbows were too low to fish.

I messed up my ankle pretty bad the second day, and had to make a trip back to Bozeman to get a new pair of boots from Simms.  Not sure why, but the ones I had gave me one hell of a bone bruise to where I could barely walk.  As expected, Simms took care of me.  Even though the damage was done, the new boots and several Advil each morning, allowed me to finish out the week.  Since we were outside the park that day, we decided to fish the Boulder above Big Timber.  While public access can be a little tricky on this stream, you couldn't ask for much better scenery. 

Overall, fishing was pretty good.  Hoppers, hoppers, and more hoppers.  Even took a couple cuts on mice patterns.  A cold front with some rain moved in the last two days, and slowed the hopper fishing, but we still had spurts of good fishing.  The trip home was fraught with mechanical delays, cancellations, lost luggage, and overall lack of customer service from US and United.  It would take pages to describe all the issues we had to deal with.  I guess at least it happened on the way home instead of the way out.

We did shoot a bunch of video, but it will take some time to go through.  Hopefully I will get it up sometime soon.

Yellowstone Cut

One of the few Browns from the Gardiner.  Water was low and we decided to pretty much leave it alone this trip.

Lamar Cut

Double Rainbow on Soda Butte

Soda Butte

Even Cuts like Mice

Simms New Building

Boulder River

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone.  Treacherous Fishing, but worth it.

Upper Soda Butte

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