Monthly Archives: May 2015

Memorial Day on the Firehole

Dawn on the Firehole

Dawn on the Firehole

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

For the last seven years, I’ve fished the Firehole River on the third day of the Yellowstone National Park fishing season. That day is always Memorial Day. I will continue to do so as long as I am able, eschewing parades and other celebrations as I much prefer to appreciate Memorial Day in solitude. The first weeks of the Yellowstone season see a lot pressure put on the Firehole because it comes into shape early, is easily accessible and is full of hungry fish feeding on great caddis and blue wing hatches. On Saturday and Sunday of the opening weekend finding some solitude can be challenging. Such is not the case in the early hours of Memorial Day. For some reason, the crowds just don’t materialize on Monday morning. more…

Don’t Underestimate the Undercut

Exposed undercut along Yellowstone River

Exposed undercut along Yellowstone River

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

One of the primary skills any angler acquires with experience is “reading water”. The ability to observe a piece of water, especially moving water, and determine the most likely places to encounter fish when a fly or lure is presented properly is an essential skill for the successful angler. Without exception, authors writing about general fishing skills always cover aspects of “reading water.” Some water is easy to read, some isn’t. The fish themselves complicate reading because they move around from place to place in most rivers as they feed and rest. You know where they should be, but they aren’t always there. Of course every river is different but the formula is pretty consistent—Fish = Dark and/or deep (protection from predators) + relief from current (resting) or a current seam (access to food). In Joseph Bates 1974 classic How to Find Fish and Make Them Strike, this formula is consistent throughout his descriptions of the best places to find trout in rivers. In my experience, one of the most favorable parts of a river to find trout is the Undercut Bank. more…

Flavor of the Day

larry #1aGuest Blogger: Larry, a loyal J. Stockard customer

Here’s a great buck tail streamer. It’s the Red and White. Silver tinsel body, wrapped with silver wire (sometimes I use red wire). The wing is a layer of white buck tail, then a layer of red buck tail, topped with peacock herl. I use Loon’s UV cement for the head, paint the eye, then put a little more UV cement over it. Sometimes I’ll go as small as a #12 hook, sometimes as large as a #6, for fishing the local streams and Lake Ontario tribs, here in Upstate New York. I found all the materials at J. Stockard’s.