Extra days

Yellowstone Park regulations allow fishing from the last Saturday in May through (and including) the first Sunday in November. This year that’s November 7, which means a few extra days of spawner fishing on the Madison and fall Baetis on the Firehole. I enjoy reading the Blue Ribbon Flies Angling Journal to stay in touch with Montana fly fishing, and this entry reminds me of our own fall trips over the years…

October 28, 2004
Steve Hoovler

I snuck into the park this morning for a couple of hours of spawner fishing before coming into the shop for the day. The temperature was much more comfortable (about 30 degrees) than it’s been the last few mornings. I got to the junction meadow just about daylight, and made a few passes through the meadow hole with a black and olive Gartside Soft Hackle Streamer. Half way through the first pass I had a nice brown slam my soft hackle. He gave me two or three good head shakes and that was it. On the second pass through, I managed to land two nice rainbows, and the third pass yielded a smaller sized brown. Not bad for a couple of hours before work.

The park is open for another ten days, and we’ll be making the most of the extra time this fall. So, stay tuned.


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