Friday, August 30, 2013

I hate Fly Fishing Memes

Memes on their own are relatively harmless. Some of them make me chuckle...sometimes. But, fly fishing memes are the worst. I find them insufferable. As the proverbial "They" always says, you have to fight fire with fire. So, here are my anti-fly fishing meme memes. I get that this is ironic. Enjoy???

This post is dedicated to FISH JERKS. RIP.

Monday, August 12, 2013

New YGF Video - Cielo Grande

Cielo Grande. Large Air. Big Sky. After almost a year away from Montana's waters, I took a whirlwind tour of some new waters and old favorites. It felt good to be back in the land of big water and wild trout.

Cielo Grande from Yukon Goes Fishing on Vimeo.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Frogs are worse for your heart than bacon

When walking the flats for carp, beware of frogs. They wait until the time is right (usually mid-stalk and deep in concentration) to squeel and jump into the water mere inches from your legs.

It usually is a surprise and an unwelcome jolt out of a concentrated carp trance. Just ask Jay Zimmerman.

Side note: Bacon is great for the soul...which is basically your heart.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Convert

The first time I fished with pinchetruta, he didn't see the appeal of carp. He said he welcomed fly fisherman to fish for carp because it meant more trout for him.

Fast forward eight months. He has converted. He's seen the light.

Maybe it was the regular trips to his backing. Maybe it was solving the puzzle that is getting a carp to eat.

Whatever it was, he is all in.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Old friend.

I have something shameful to admit. During my time in Montana, I fell in and eventually out of love with the Westslope Cutthroat. I fell in love with a larger, more piscivorous non-native in the form of brown trout.

Maybe love is a strong word. I became jaded. Westslopes came easily and when their genetics were mixed with the non-native rainbows, it sometimes resulted in a dull appearance. I still respected their place in the larger native ecosystem, but I wasn't overjoyed when I caught one.

I was underwhelmed by their appearance. After nearly a year away from waters that hold westies, I am back on the Westslope bandwagon. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. It's true.

I love you, Westslope Cutthroat.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Late Pass: Revive - A Fly Fishing Journal

Admittedly, Revive Fly Fishing's ezine "Revive - A Fly Fishing Journal" has been out for nearly two months. But, better late than never. I urge you to check it out. There are a lot of fly fishing ezines out there, Revive is one of the good ones.

Check it out.

Fitting squares into circles

One of the many reasons (although not the primary reason) I rarely nymphed when I lived back in Montana was avoiding the dreaded headshake of the native mountain whitefish. Whitefish don't eat dry flies and streamers...usually. There are always exceptions to the rule. Early fall is whitefish dry fly time. And sometimes whitefish eat streamers.

This aggressive, tiny mouthed whitefish followed my streamer downstream a good 10 feet before it did it's best to defy the laws of physics and geometry by fitting a square in the tiny tiny circle.

Monday, August 5, 2013

If I've learned one thing from Brown Trout....

It's always eat the head first.

Apparently, it has something to do with the spiny dorsal fin of the potential meal. If the brown trout eats a fish with a spiny dorsal tail first, it would most likely get stuck in the brown trout's gullet. That may be the logical explanation, I like to think it's because they are mean, ruthless predators. Whatever.

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