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Angler's West Blog

July 11, 2011
Terror-narcys californicus
I've been fishing here for around 8 years now. There are a few fish I've released and many more that I've never touched that are engrained in my mind. However I without fail remember the first instance a Salmon fly crawls up my leg every year. The noise I make is a terrified shrill that would be appropriate had I seen a Velociraptor. The feeling of all six clawled legs motoring up my shin is enough to make me almost jump in the river. However, it's always worth the initial heart attack. Salmon Flies on the Yellowstone are what kick off the summer feeling for me. They Don't hatch until the first week or so on the Yellowstone and that usually coincides with the first spell of fishable water we have. Sleepless nights are spent wondering what huge maw is going to come molest the foam imitation I'm threading through the willows.

Unfortunately, this year the dry fly Salmon Fly fishing will not happen on the Yellowstone. 100 year flood conditions have rendered our river unfishable for now. BUT there is good news. Some of the tributaties in Yellowstone Nat'l Park get the same emergence and they almost always have cleaner water than the big river. I spent a day on one of these tributaties recently and got my 2011 Salmon Fly freakout of the year. After I came to, the fishing was awesome. Moral of the story: Don't let off-color water deter you from throwing disgustingly huge foam flies at unsuspecting trout. Also, when it's Salmon Fly season, fish alone until you get your first shocker out of the way.

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