We have been doing this trip for years, and have always lucked out on the weather, until this year. While we have had some snow and the random thunderstorm, we rarely encounter much rain in September. The first three days were in the 80's and sunny, but by Tuesday, the rain had arrived with a vengeance, dropping the daily highs to the low 40's, and low 30's with snow at elevation. With the low water and wild fires in the area though, the rain was much needed, and it was hard to be too upset about it. Fishing in the 30s-40s in the rain all day, really makes you question your sanity sometimes. It also makes you question why you carry 20lbs of camera gear around all day, when you probably won't be able to take it out without destroying it.
We had some pretty decent hopper and dry fishing early in the week. The rain pretty much killed that, and blew out the NE corner of the park, making us seek other options. Sometimes what looks like a curse, is really a blessing in disguise. We spent a lot of time on water that we usually don't fish, or only hit for a day. With the rain and clouds, it was the perfect time to work the banks with streamers. While we didn't catch fish by the dozens, the ones we did catch were all good size. The cloudy weather also had the olives coming off sporadically, which made for some great fishing in 30 minute clips between rain storms.
In the end, it was another great trip, despite, or because of, the weather. I did manage to get the camera out for a few photos, hope you enjoy. Already looking forward to next year's trip!
|The catch of the trip|
|Cutty came along for the ride http://www.ypf.org/site/PageServer?pagename=WHAT_wildlife_find_cutty|
|Love this town|
|They pretty much killed our chances on 3 of our favorite holes on the Lamar, but it was worth it.|
|Ever feel like you are being watched?|
|There was actually a deep hole in there|
|Some olive action|
|Not as big as the day before, but it will work|
|What was left of the snow on Friday.|