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Angler's West Blog

May 28, 2014
Thoughts on Run-off
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Nez Perce Creek, Yellowstone National Park; one of many smaller off-the-beaten-path streams

The Yellowstone River in Livingston, MT has passed 30,000 CFS. When we look out at the river we're seeing more cottonwood trees floating down the river than anything else, but dwelling on high dirty rivers gets old and there are only so many flies to tie so what's a fly-fisherman to do when the Yellowstone River might be mistaken for the Mississippi itself? This lull is the time to explore. Head to Yellowstone Park and hike to that stream you've always wanted to check out. Never tried your hand at fly fishing a lake? No better time than now. The ice is either gone or peeling off and the big fish are hungry. Crowds are lighter than they will be come July so solitude is abundant; the only competition you might have is with the countless elk, moose, birds, and bears that keep our wilderness wild. Lace up the hiking boots and head outside, there's no telling just what you might find.


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