Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Great White Adventure

It's not every day that you get to go on a great white adventure.  I just recently got back from one.  Let me tell you how exciting it is to have that big whitie at the end of your line.  They pull hard.  They often take you down into the depths of the water over and over again before coming in.  The struggle is real.  Believe me.

Then, you finally net that great white.  And look at it with a puzzled look on your face.  Oh, it's Mr. Whitefish!  The salmonoid who feeds off the bottom.  As many people look down on Mr. Whitie, he still can save the day from a skunking.  So, thank you.  

My adventure to Yellowstone National Park recently, started out with a lot of great whites...errrr... mountain whitefish.  It really didn't seem to matter whether you had two weights on or just one weight.  They were there.  

There are a few of these signs in the YNP.   Kind of fun to have that feeling of  "A River Runs Through It".

Some of my best buds live in Idaho and in the Yellowstone area.  It's always fun to share time on the water with these guys.  
Lonnie and Kerry have great knowledge and are top notch guides from the Drift Lodge and Fly Shop in Island Park, ID.   Give em a holler if you are ever in the area... 

Most of the fishing was in the mornings before the water got too warm.  I personally can't wait for the fall.  It's my favorite time of year.  Throw me a jacket!  Haha

So, I spoiled my diet and gained back 3 lbs.  The downside of the trip.  But, it was worth it.  And I already have it off again.  There was a great ice cream shop in West Yellowstone that gave me some "Moose Moss" and "Moose Tracks".   Some of the best that I have had.  Yummy!

The beauty of Yellowstone cannot be surpassed.

A little bit of haze from the summertime forest fires that crop up from time to time somewhere in the region.

The Henry's Fork of the Snake was my first and last stop.  Such a beautiful place to photograph and to fish.  

Finally, a few rainbows graced my net.

But, in the end, it was the great mountain white fish that would win out.  I think that it was like 12 to 4 whities.  Haha.

So, on the road back home again...  A few days in one of my favorite spots.  Good times with friends that I don't get to see often enough.  And a chance to unwind and cool off a bit from the warmer climate of home.

It's all good...


  1. Yes you look great as do the fish. (in a much different way) I'd love to get some whitefish for the smoker. They're wonderful!

    1. Howard - I think that I could catch a few for you... No problem! Haha. And thanks for the compliment.

  2. Emily
    I'll take any kind of fish on the fly rod, if it bends the rod I'm up for it!!! You're forgiven for the ice cream dish, I would have done the same. One can learn a lot by fishing with a guide; I've got a couple of guide trips coming up in the next couple of weeks on the Caney. Thanks for sharing

    1. Bill - We can always learn from those better than ourselves. And I still have a lot to learn. ;) Have fun on your trips!

  3. When I saw the title and then the first picture, I thought "Wow, RD is into some really big fishing". Then I was let down by the whitefish explanation, but picked up again when you got to the ice cream picture. I'm quite familiar with Moose Tracks. Then the post leveled out nicely with the Rainbow pictures. Gee, I sound like the explanation of a good wine.

    1. Haha Mark... I must have been tired last night. My only explanation for being all over the map! =) But, actually... I did want to get people's attention with the shark photo. Job done. Thanks for stopping by. Have a good week!