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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Red Rock Canyon, Nevada

About twenty minutes west of the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada you can find one of the top five Rock Climbing destinations in the United States. Climbers from all over the world come here for the over 2,000 climbing routes that Red Rock Canyon has to offer. On the Multi-pitch climbing routes at Red Rock you may encounter a variety of climbs on each pitch such as chimneys, friction, overhangs, and crack or face climbs. Red Rock also offers some Big Wall Climbs that take two or more days to complete. Hiking Red Rock is very popular year round. A few of my favorite hikes in the canyon are the Pine Creek, Lost Creek, and Oak Creek Canyon trails. Each of these are about 3 mile or so round trip hikes, and will get you deep into the heart of the mountains. Since this Canyon is located in the Mojave Desert it’s important to bring plenty of water along on these trails, and if you set out early you have a good chance to see a few Wild Horses that live in this area. On my way out of the canyon I met up with a pair of Wild Burros which also call this place home. The Horses and Burros spend most of their time around the Natural Springs and Hidden Water Holes that can be found throughout the canyon.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Yellowstone Elk



                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                           









                                                                                                                                                                                          Yellowstone National Park is home to Bison, Moose, Bear, and Wolf to name a few. When you drive through the park you might get a chance to see some of the wildlife roaming around. Make sure you have your camera ready because you might come across the picture of a lifetime.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sunrise in the Eastern Sierra


The early sunrise is quite a sight in the high desert. The sun begins to rise throwing its light against the face of the mountains. You can see the changes minute by minute as shadows lengthen, stretch, and then disappear. Morning in a place like this always stops me where I’m standing and causes me to notice things I wouldn’t have seen before. A cup of hot coffee, a campfire crackling it all reminds me of something, but I’m not sure what. The only thing I really know for sure is that it feels right, like I’m home. I suppose some people might feel this same way on a crowded street or in a large city with a whole bunch of people around them. I’ve met a few people like that, and I would stare at their eyes and think, “how can that make anyone happy”? Makes me wonder if they think the same thing about me. I’m not sure how it all works. I don’t see how anyone could trade the sunrise on the mountains for the sunrise on a building. Everyone has their own reasons in life for what they do. My Grandpa used to say, “You can tell a lot about a person when you’re watching them, but you can tell a whole lot more about them when you’re not”. I’ll take the quiet sunrise in a wide open place, the sound of a creek running somewhere in the background, the birds chirping and flying from tree to tree. Everything happening just like it’s supposed to, without any help from me.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Rainbow and Brown Trout Season Opens Early!

You know the feeling. You work your way down to the creek for the first time in months. Look the water over, first upstream, then down. Take in that deep breath of cold morning air. Better take one more look down the length of your rod, can’t have any line looped around your eyes. Take a tug on the line, make sure it moves easily. It’s time. This is the beginning of what will be a powerful season, the season you’ve always wished for. This year you will catch trophy Trout like never before. Your picture will be on magazine covers, people walking up to you in the tackle shop saying,”Hey, you’re that guy who caught that awesome fish!” You know you, you’ll just smile, laugh, and say,” well, yes, but which one are you talking about? I’ve caught a few”.


That’s right, this is your time, and it’s all starting right now! Wow! I got goose bumps! Alright, it’s all starting the first weekend in March, yes you heard right MARCH! Trout season opens early in Lone Pine California on the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You might have heard of this range, its home to Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental United States, 14,497.61 Ft. If you feel like catching GOLDEN TROUT, Lone Pine is Golden Trout Headquarters! You can obtain a permit to catch this rare and beautiful type of Trout at: info@lonepinechamber.org. So here’s where you can find your trophies; Independence Creek, Symmes Creek, Sheperd Creek, George Creek, LONE PINE CREEK, Tuttle Creek, Cottonwood Creek, Lone Pine Sand Trap, Whitney Portal Pond, and Diaz Lake. There are a whole bunch of out of the way spots, and secret Honey Holes that most people don’t know about. Places where you can find Monster Brown and Rainbow Trout. To find out about these spots you have to get to know the locals in town. Spend some time in town at Lone Pine Sporting Goods and you might get the inside scoop. They also have a great selection of everything you’ll need on the creek. There are a few places in town where you can pick up a fishing license before you head out, and you might take a moment to understand the rich history of this town. Have you ever seen The Lone Ranger on TV? It was filmed just outside of Lone Pine! Or how about, Oregon Trail-1936-John Wayne, The Long, Long Trailer-1954-Lucille Ball and Desi Arnsz, Star Trek V-1988, Star Trek VII-1995, Iron man?

Check out the whole list by clicking on this, (Movies), and when you’re in town stop by “Pizza Factory” and see the pictures they have up on the walls. The first trip of the season is the most important. Start it out right by making Lone Pine California your first stop on this season long adventure of 2010.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Hike in the Rocky Mountains



The Grand Teton mountain range is part of the Rocky Mountains. This mountain range has massive peaks that rise upward form the valley floor and is considered to be one of the most beautiful features of the Rocky Mountain Range in North America. Its summits include the Grand Teton at 13,770 ft. Mount Owen at 12,928 ft. Teewinot at 12,325 ft. Middle Teton at 12,804 ft. and South Teton at 12,514 ft. A great deal of this mountain range is located in the Grand Teton National Park. Early French explorers named this mountain range “les trois tetons” or the three breasts. The entire range was once called Teewinot by the Shoshone tribe of Native Americans meaning “many points or pinnacles”. Hiking in the Grand Teton National Park provides an opportunity to appreciate the geology and history of the forests and valleys in and around the National Park. The network of established and maintained backcountry trails through the canyons and lower valleys offer spectacular views of the many mountain lakes and streams. The Phelps Lake/Death Canyon trail is a 7.2 mile round trip that meanders past the Phelps lake overlook, and then drops down into a dense and beautiful forest where deer and elk can be seen in the early morning. A campground is located at the end of a 600 ft. decent to the lake level and is a nice place to rest before continuing on to the patrol cabin at the farthest part of the trail. This is one of the more difficult hikes in the park but its well worth the time and effort. The Taggart/Bradley trail offers a view of Taggart Lake, one of the most visited lakes in the park. Along this trail you might see deer and moose feeding on the low bushes and snowbrush.  




With over 250 miles of trails in the park to choose from you could spend a lifetime exploring the mountains and valleys in this wondrous place.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Automatic Fly Reel

When I was growing up my Dad and I fished a lot. I can recall many trips on many streams and creeks. His Fly Reel of choice was a West Bend Automatic. I think the fancy “pull the lever and it reels itself in “feature seemed to him to be the state of the art in fishing technology. If there was something new and improved Dad had to be the first to have it. In the late sixties we were one of the few families to have a remote controlled TV. In color of course. The “remote” was a big black box that you stuck on the knob on the front of the TV after taking off the one it came with. Then from up to five feet away you could switch between the three channels we had to choose from with a loud ker-klunk unless the sun was coming through the front window, or the antenna had shifted from the wind. Anyway if it was the latest Dad had to try it. I remember hearing the zip of the line when Dad would hit the trigger on his South Bend, and the occasional “damn it” when the hook would come off the end and the reel would suck up all the line. One company has kept the Auto Fly Reel tradition going. Pflueger still makes an Automatic, the model 1195. I looked this reel over and I’m impressed. It looks like a newer version of the old stand-bys. If you find yourself in the mood for an automatic Fly Reel, try this one out. Just make sure your hook stays on when you reel it up!

Camping at Duck Creek













Camping at Duck Creek Utah one summer I got a chance to teach the family a few new things about having fun in the great outdoors. This started out as a weekend trip but ended up a little different than I expected. After driving a few hours to get to Duck Creek we stopped in town to pick up a fishing license and some supplies. We took a brief walk around town and found out a little about the history of the place then headed out to find a campground. It looked like we could just pull off the road anywhere and camp, but we decided to set up at an established site, Duck Creek Campground . We found a great spot and set up the tent. After a little work and some help from my boy, we had a campfire ring that would be used when the sun went down later on. I grabbed my Fly rod and we headed off to find some Rainbow Trout out on the creek. We didn’t catch any fish, didn’t even get a bite, but it was a great time to talk about all the things that don’t normally come up at home. Got back to the camp and got some Chili put together in the Dutch Oven. We had dinner, started a campfire and roasted some marshmallows. Around midnight a rainstorm moved in, everyone got grumpy so we packed up and went home. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out the way you planned it, but any trip is a good trip.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

5 NO-FAIL STRATEGIES FOR CREEKS






Fish the waters edge first then work your way further in. The edge of the water might be where the fish are. Sometimes Trout will stick next to the banks and avoid swifter water.


Look for interruptions in the flow of the water like rocks or logs. Fish will hang out behind places like this and wait for the flow to bring in food.

Avoid popular access spots to the creek. When it comes to creek fishing the road less traveled is the way to go. Look for hard to get to areas and find a way in.

Small waterfalls are a goldmine for Trout. Try to fish under the waterfall instead of away from it.

Leave plenty of slack line when fishing small holes or breaks in the creek. Sometimes a fish will be coming from out of nowhere fast and hit your bait. You’ll want to give him a little line to run.

     Use these tips on the creek and you’re sure to have a great time. Leave a comment and tell me about your experience.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Working the Side Banks

Fold-A-Way Landing Net FA60N - Hoop 20"x24", Length 5 feet
The Next time you’re fishing a small creek don’t forget to work the side banks first. You might be surprised at how often you hook up before you even get close to the water! Many times large Trout will hug in next to the bank just because of their size. When a fish is in moving water it must constantly swim to stay in one place. That takes a whole bunch of energy and hard work, especially if you’re a big fish. For the big ones it’s much easier to just hang out somewhere and wait for a meal to float by. Think of it this way, if you’re hungry and there is a Fast Food restaurant right next to your home, would you get on the interstate and drive 5 or 10 miles away to get something to eat? I wouldn’t either. Trout are the same as us. A big fish will go out into the white water if something catches its eye, but most of the time there will be plenty food of right in the neighborhood so there is not much need to get out in the open and risk exposing himself. Smaller fish will hold up in the swift moving water just to get a hold of anything to eat so they can get bigger. The Big Rainbow Trout in this picture (23 ½”) was caught next to the edge of the water under a cut-back in the bank. The smaller one (10 ½”) was hooked in the swift moving white water. Try the edges first next time you’re on a creek or stream and you will be pleased with the result.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Northern Pike at Upper Lake Mary

Fishing Arizona: Your Guide to Arizona's Best Fishing (Arizona Recreation)
Upper Lake Mary is a great place to catch Northern Pike. The lake is located just outside of Flagstaff, Arizona on forest highway 3. The lake sits at an elevation of about 7,000 feet and is open from may 1st to the end of September. There are 3 boat ramps, 76 campsites with tables, fire rings, and barbeque grills. You can take your gear across the lake to the southern shore and camp just about anywhere you want. Parking is $5 a day and there is no limit on boat motor size. I like to fish this lake in a 12 ft. to 14 ft. aluminum boat because you can get in tight to the coves on the southern shore which is where you’ll find Northern Pike, Walleye, and Rainbow Trout. This lake is surrounded by Ponderosa Pines and Meadows. You will catch fish at this lake. It’s a perfect lake to start out the season with.


Quick Tip for Big Bass


One quick Bass tip that works well is the slow twitch retrieve. Put a small split shot sinker on your line about a foot from your lure. This will make your lure point face down in the water. Reel in slowly while twitching the rod tip. Your lure will look like a wounded fish, and should get hit right away by a hungry Bass. Make sure that you’re casting towards the shore line as close to the edge of the water as possible. Every fish I’ve hooked while using this technique has been hooked through the upper part of the mouth. It makes for a great fight, and you don’t have to worry about him getting away.


Top Water Pond Fishing Tips


Top water pond fishing in the early morning will blow your mind! Explosive hook-ups are common when fishing top water, and even more so in the early morning on a pond. Here are some tips that have worked well for me.

The smaller the bait the better. It’s often thought that if you use bigger bait, you’ll catch bigger fish. Sometimes this is true but on a pond bigger bait makes a bigger splash when it hit’s the water. On a small body of water that can be a disaster and ruin your chances to catch fish that might mistake the commotion for some type of danger. I’ve caught huge Largemouth Bass and Trout with flies so tiny you wouldn’t even know they were there. The trick is to work the waters edge, casting towards Cattails and brush. When you make your cast let your bait sit for a minute or two before you move it at all. Then move it very slowly and stop. Do this two or three more times then begin pulling it quickly towards the open water about 2 inches at a time, not any more than that. It is very important to understand why to retrieve your fly, lure, bait or whatever you’re using like this and I’ll tell you why. The bait you use to lure a fish to strike must act as real as possible to cause the strike reaction in a fish’s brain. That reaction happens without the consent of the fish. It sees a potential source of food, that food source pauses aware that it is in danger, it then the source moves erratically in an attempt to save its life. This erratic movement triggers a reaction in the fish’s brain whether the fish is hungry or not, the reaction is a strike. It’s like you going to the doctor, the doctor sits you on a table, hits your knee and your leg jumps. You might look at the doctor and think, how’d he make me do that. That’s what the fish will be thinking when you’re reeling him in. To get a better understanding of how this works catch a bug, and throw it on the surface of the water. Watch how the bug moves and how it reacts to what it sees beneath the water. These movements are what you are tiring to mimic with your bait that’s tied to the end of your line. Study the things that occur naturally and you will be more in tune with the whole picture. If your bait behaves like something unnatural you won’t catch many fish.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

The creekside angler: Your must know guide to Creek Fishing

The creekside angler: Your must know guide to Creek Fishing

Bass Pro Shop Las Vegas Nevada

A trip to Bass Pro Shops is always a treat. I paid a visit to the one located in Las Vegas, Nevada. As expected they had everything in the whole wide world and then some. I could spend the rest of my life trying to describe this magnificent place, but you have to see it to believe it. Next time you’re in Vegas stop in and check it out. It’s right off the 15 interstate at the south end of town.


Lone Pine Creek Campground


Lone Pine Creek campground sits at an elevation of about 5,750 feet. It’s located just outside of the town of Lone Pine California between the Alabama Hills and Whitney Portal Campground. This beautiful campground in the high desert is surrounded with Cottonwood trees, Sage, and giant Granite boulders. Most of the campsites have stone ovens and barbeques. The loop around the campground is paved with asphalt and there are outhouses throughout the grounds that are cleaned regularly and maintained very well. Almost every campsite has it’s own stone circle fire pit and each is thoughtfully positioned to allow the maximum amount of kick-back space for an evening campfire. The setting sun provides an awesome silhouette view of Mount Whitney visible from most of the campsites. Because of the family setting of this campground it’s not uncommon to see children riding bikes, catching fish, and exploring the surroundings. There are 38 campsites in all each with it’s own paved parking apron. Water spigots can be located along side of the main loop and there are 8 total 5 of which are threaded. This campground is open from April 1st through October 31st and has a full time campground host to answer any of your questions and help make your camping experience a pleasant one. Firewood is available and can be purchased from the host or can be obtained at Slater Sporting Goods in the town of Lone Pine . If you plan to go on a hike the Lone Pine National Recreational Hiking Trailhead is located at the top end of the campground and offers an 11 mile hike through some beautiful backcountry. Be sure to bring along a camera so you can take advantage of the awesome views or capture the image of an occasional critter that may happen across the trail. Fishing Lone Pine creek is a great way to relax during your stay and the creek offers Brown, Rainbow and Brook Trout. The deep pools known to this part of Lone pine creek offer easy access to both the beginner or experienced angler. Above the campground the creek is a bit more challenging, but if you’re looking for Broun Trout action this is the best place to find it. Once you’ve stayed at this campground you’re sure to be back again and again. Be prepared to wear out your arm waving to fellow campers and the occasional passer-by. Don’t be surprised if you hear happy kids singing the “Smokey the Bear” theme song around an evening campfire, and don’t be afraid to join in.

Friday, February 12, 2010

The Slippery Trout

The Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) lives in cold deep North American lakes Also known as Mackinaw, lake char, Touladi, and Grey Trout. This type of Trout grows very slowly, and is dependant on cold oxygen rich water. One place to find this type of fish is in Jackson Lake, Wyoming. I decided to take a trip to see for myself what catching a Lake Trout entailed. My wife and I hired a fishing guide at the Coulter Bay Marina, and set out for our adventure on the lake. Jackson Lake is a man made lake built in 1911. Some of the water from this lake is used to irrigate farmland in Idaho. It’s a good chance that the potatoes in your supermarket were raised on water from Jackson Lake. With the Grand Teton Mountains in the background this lake looks like something out of every anglers dream, and the lake is full of Cutthroat, Brown, Rainbow, and of course Lake Trout.


We started out trolling at a depth of about 47 feet using a Cannon Downrigger to keep us at an even depth. We were using some type of minnows the guide had brought with him, each about 2 inches long. After about 5 minutes my rod went down fast and hit the water. The force of the strike caused the line to release from the downrigger on it’s own. I put a great deal of tension on the rod, now bent almost in half, and watched as the line peeled off the reel as if I had hooked into a rocket headed straight for the bottom of the lake. After a brief fight the line went limp. I looked around in disbelief. The battle was over and I had lost. As I was lowering my bait back down to trolling depth I hooked up again right away, only this time I could tell it was a smaller fish. We ended up catching several more within about four hours.

My Grandfather once told me,” you might remember the fish you’ve caught, but you’ll never forget the ones you didn’t”. Boy was he right. We will be going back to Jackson Lake again, only this time it’s personal!

The Old Fishpond


    I spent at least a few years growing up in Buffalo, Missouri. A small town about 30 miles north of Springfield. My Dad bought a piece of land, built a small farm house, and moved all of us there to live. I was 11 years old at the time. I felt at home as soon as we moved in to our new place. I spent a lot of time exploring my new surroundings, each day covering new ground on the 16 or so acres of the property, which was mostly wooded with oak trees. One day while wandering through the woods I discovered a good sized pond. My first thought was, “there has to be fish in there”. As I  walked around the edge of the water  the surface began to come alive. As I was walking through the tall grass next to the edged, grasshoppers were jumping everywhere scattering to get out of my way. The grasshoppers were landing on the surface of the pond and being snapped up by fish, hundreds of them! I ran as fast as I could to get back to the house where my fishing pole was still packed up from the recent move. After explaining to my parents what I had discovered, I headed back down to the pond armed with my rod and my Zebco 202 reel. On my way back down I collected grasshoppers and put them in my pocket to use as bait. When I reached the pond, with my pants pocket almost full, I put the first hopper on the hook and tossed it at some cattails. Within a millisecond of the hopper hitting the water it was gone and my line began to peel off the reel. I reeled in as fast as I could, the line zig zagging back and forth about 12 feet from the edge where I was standing. With one final heave I lifted the fish from the water. An 11 ½” Bluegill. I had never seen a fish like this before. Bright blue lightening bolts on each side of its face, spines sticking straight up from it’s back, big scales on it’s sides. It looked nothing like the Brown and Rainbow Trout that I caught all of my life in the Sierra Nevada mountains, and it didn’t fight like one either. I caught about 20 more, all around the same size. Some grey in color, some bright yellow. With my metal stringer full, two fish on some of the clip hooks, I headed back to the house to show off my catch. My Dad was the first one to see the stringer as I approached the house, and his words were priceless, “Oh my lord, where in the world did you get those!”. I quickly turned the stringer over to my Mom . She was happy to clean the fish and prepare them for dinner. (Moms are great). Then my Dad ,my brother and I went back down to the Fishpond so we could try our luck together.

    After just a few days there was a trail cut through the wood leading straight to the fishpond. I ended up spending a lot of time on the banks of that Fishpond, laying in the grass and watching the clouds go by, wondering about different things in life, watching the leaves fall off the trees in autumn. Many thoughts were thought down there, many of life’s riddles were unraveled. If things got rough it didn’t matter, I always had my fishpond, and as long as I was there everything else in the world just didn’t matter much at all.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

How to choose the right spot to set up a tent

Alright, you just found a campsite, that's step one, but where is the best place to set up your tent? Well you could just pick a spot and hope for the best, or you could do a little research first and make your stay a little less uncomfortable. I always like to check the wind direction first, even more so if there are pit toilets in the campground. Being downwind of one of those can ruin your appetite. If you plan on having a campfire you don't want the smoke blowing straight into your tent either. So check the wind direction before you set up. Next you will want to level out the ground you plan to put your tent on. Check for rocks or anything you wouldn't want to lay down on. Make sure the opening of your tent faces east, the sunrise in the morning will get you up and going early so you can start enjoying your first day.

Jackson National Fish Hatchery


The Jackson National Fish Hatchery is located just outside of Jackson Hole Wyoming on the Fish and Wildlife Service's National Elk Refuge. I had the opportunity to visit this hatchery while vacationing in The Grand Teton National Park last September. This hatchery raises Cutthroat Trout, about 400,000 a year, that are stocked at over 15 different locations in Wyoming and Idaho. The hours of operation are 8 am to 4 pm daily and there is plenty of parking. A walk through the hatchery takes you beside several long troughs full of smaller fish, then larger ones. Out at the holding pond the largest fish can be seen. The hatchery is a great place to learn about the whole fish raising process from egg to adult fish.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Secret To Finding Big Trout



Catching Trout is easy when you know where to find them. But how do you find that out? You could spend decades on creeks and streams and always end up being surprised at where the fish are. For anyone up to a real challenge try some of the less likely places. Places that are tough to get to, or better yet Impossible to get to. These areas may hold the old bulls of the creek. Places that are easy to get to are usually fished often and chances are someone has been there long before you showed up. Work on training your eye to notice some of the spots that are on every creek or stream, small or large, and you will consistently end up landing trophy Rainbow, browns, or brooks. It's easy to miss some of the best spots if you get in a hurry. Try to stay focused and in the moment when you approach the water. Look for the dark areas in the water. They are often the safest places for bigger fish to live, and in some cases they may well have been in those holes for years. Remember each section of water has something different. Submerged logs or exposed tree roots only show a small portion of their features above water, but below the surface it may be a whole different story. The only sure bet is that when you hook up with an old hook nosed Brown you will end up with the fight of your life on your hands. Most huge Trout don't end up that way by getting caught. If you do land a trophy, you might want to take a picture and put him back where you got him. Next season you might not win the battle because he will only get bigger and stronger!

The Secret to Pools and Cutbanks




Stream fishing can produce large Trout if fished properly. Getting to know how the water behaves in the creek bed is the first step to understanding what parts on a creek or stream fish might choose to call home. Trout like to stay in an area where there is a constant steady flow of water that brings new food possibilities frequently. In places like this they can just hold out and watch the current ready to snap up a meal that is moving downstream and delivered right to their door. One way things are stirred up is when animals cross or use the water to cool off and kick over rocks on the bottom under which insect larva live and are consequently flushed down stream in the current. The best way to understand a stream bed is to take a look at one without water in it. This will allow you to see where some of the pools might have been and places where the banks might have been eroded away leaving a pocket in the bank. If this dry bed was full of water these areas I have pointed to could easily be overlooked. Study dry creek beds that fill only certain times of the year due to seasonal run off and you will see how a boulder or an obstruction in the water can cause the water to flow at that point with much more force creating a pool or pocket. The next thing you want to do is to look at a live stream. Notice any boulders or logs that change the flow of water. If you can see a pocket, that is where you want to present your bait. Place your bait about two to three feet up stream and let the flow of the water take down into a pocket. If there is a fish in that pocket this type of presentation is what it is used to seeing, a potential meal being washed down stream. Within seconds you should get a hit. If not try it two or three more times. If there is no hook up after that you are most likely fishing an empty hole and it's time to move on. Keep an eye out for log jambs because these are perfect places for fish to hide. When using these flow fishing methods be prepared to lose tackle. You better plan on getting hooked up on debris, sticks, rocks and whatever is in the water that you don't see. This can get very frustrating. Another problem is landing a fish that is hooked and racing through the under side of a log jamb beneath the water. Well, as far as that one goes, give him line and hope for the best. If you do land one of these beasts you can bet he has been under there for quite a long time. He will be mad as hell that he has been hooked and ready to break your rod in half. Take time to fish the areas that most anglers can't or will not even attempt and you will find yourself hooking up more than anyone else on the creek. Bring a camera because the stories you will tell later will seem unbelievable to most fishermen.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Campsite at Tuttle Creek



One of the best things about camping is setting up your campsite. Two things that are essential, a good sturdy table and a BBQ . I try to find a site with a tree or two, and a good fire ring. A campsite is like your home away from home so when you choose one think about a few things like, who will my neighbors be, am I upwind or down wind, is there any protection from the wind, and how close am I to the water. Look around a little when you first get to the camping grounds and find a spot that will suit you. Remember looking twice is better than moving once!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Yellowstone Lake


Yellowstone lake opens on the 15Th day of June. This is one of the best lakes, in the most spectacular settings in the entire world. Nowhere else can you find Trout action like this. In the evening dry flies will produce plenty of strikes, and through out the day woolly buggers and leach patterns can yield hits from giant Lake Trout. Waders and float tubes will help to get you where you want to be, but fishing from the bank will get results as well. If you plan a fly fishing trip to the Yellowstone area try your luck on the lake. The streams are very popular, and productive most of the time, but some fly time on the lake might open up a whole new world for you.

Be advised Lake Trout must not be released when caught because of the damage they cause to the natural environment of the native Cutthroat Trout.