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Angler's West Blog

May 7, 2012
Curse of the Caddis
MR
photo-Austin Trayser

Never count the Yellowstone down and out!  After several days of well above average temps and bright sun ten days ago, our river did what it should do.  It doubled in size, & then doubled again.  Thoughts of caddis explosion and catching hordes of nice surface feeding trout were quickly dashed.  Seemed anglers were moping around feeling yet once again defeated.  The Curse of the Caddis having struck hard.  Sure, there were bugs but in 10,000 cfs muddy torrents, we weren't going to be fishing.  As luck will have it, the weather quickly moderated.  In fact, a complete retreat of any warm sunshine may be more proper in description.  Fly rods went away and skis came back out. Bridger Bowl got pummeled with nearly 4 feet of spring snow.  As folks were laying down fresh lines in the pow, the Yellowstone was quickly & quietly receding.  The cool (cold) spring weather continued, so to did the retreat of muddy water.  And.... well,  Mother's Day Caddis Curse be damned!


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