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    Default Yellowstone

    Different stokes for different folks….

    It’s hard to beat the Smokies, where my good friend and mentor, taught me to fly fish for trout.

    But just got back from a short trip to Yellowstone, my 5th to fish. Not a large number of fish, but each and every fish was memorable in its own way. Mostly Cuts in the 12” to 17” size….my last fish of the trip was pushing 20”.

    But it was not the size of the fish, nor the incredible beauty of the place. Rather it’s the trill or sight fishing with dries. Waiting as patiently as possible to see a natural taken, watch for a repeat, match the natural, find the best position for the cast. Make the cast…..watch the drift find the exact riffle etched in my short term memory……..See my fish….yes….my fish… slowly rise to inspect and then to gulp the fly (the fly that only moments ago had been in my pocket). Play my fish, not too much, and in most cases, kneel down and release him without every taking him out of the water.

    Don’t get me wrong….I am frequently jealous of the number and size of fish that my nymphing brothers get to hand….but for me, sight fishing with dries can’t be beat.
    LittleRiverMike

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    Ever thought about sight fishing with nymphs? Best of both worlds!

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    My eyes, or my skills, or both, may not be up to the task.
    LittleRiverMike

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    Got to go twice. Amazing place. Fished the last trip. No luck due in large part to three weather fronts coming through in four days. Excuses, excuses . Maybe the third time's a charm.

    JF
    “Joe” Fred Turner
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    Little River Mike, If you like sight fishing with dries, then I recommend that the next time you are in the Yellowstone area you visit the Henry's Fork. It's about 30 miles from West Yelowstone. If you can fish the Smoky's, your casting skills will do you well on the Fork. Regards, Silvercreek
    "Here fishy fishy."

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    It's been on my short list for way too long....
    LittleRiverMike

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