|Ok... The title is what you call a blog teaser... = )
Back to that later...
I'm back!!! Wow... What a terrific time I had on my birthday weekend in the Henry's Fork, Idaho area and the Yellowstone Ntl. Park... Maybe I am fish crazy. Maybe. In four days... I fished the Henry's Fork, Box Canyon, Harriman, Gallatin, Hebgen, Lamar, Yellowstone, Soda Butte, and the Madison... = )
The smoke from the fires on the other side of Idaho made for some hazy pictures...
And one more river to sneak in during the afternoon...
The most technical river that I have ever fished on...and super smart fish that just know what an imitation fly looks like... But, it's a lot of people's favorite water due to the competitive nature of it. The Harriman Ranch of the Henry's Fork. Of course, one more skunking on this river told me that I can skip it next time...haha.
It was time to get cleaned up a bit...(No, I don't wear waders into restaurants...well, most of the time, anyway! Lol.) Met up with my friends for a birthday celebration and had a great evening out. It was so nice of them to make reservations for the "Party Room"...don't you think??? = ) Doesn't Chucky say, "Where a kid can be a kid"?? Well, that would be me. Ha!
Yeah, seriously... I remember a place with loud music, sports on the big screen and a bar for grown ups.
(That wouldn't be me) And yes... it did have yummy pizza too!!! = )
We headed out early the next morning for a "drift" across the Hebgen Lake in Montana. It was a beautful, scenic lake and I learned how to cast a little farther!! (Fish don't like coming up close to boats you know!) So, I had no option than to haul my cast out more than 20 ft... = ) Heehee.
Another river passed... The Gibbon below the Falls. Incredible sight.
All of us were anxiously wanting to get to our destination...the Lamar. But, a surprise stop was in my future... The Yellowstone River! Can you say "BEAR COUNTRY"??? Ok, so my friends tell me of a time that they saw a bear in this particular section... I could have done without that story! The bear spray was quickly attached around my waist and we headed down the trail to the most beautiful river I have ever seen! The trail down was...errr...interesting. But, the river was worth it. It was breathtaking! So much variety of water...riffles, runs, pools, and pockets.
My nicest fish came out of the Yellowstone... but, the picture above is the 2nd place entry. Of course, in River Damsel fashion, the "big one" was in the net and as I handed the net off to one of my friends and he returned it to me in exchange for the camera, the Yellowstone Cutthroat flipped out of my hands and back into the river. A true disappointment. But, he is now a fond memory in my mind. He was a fatty which was almost bigger than my net. Fly fishing in the Yellowstone River was an amazing experience! I will be back!