Well day 2 has come to an end and a very full day it was. We started off by fishing the Gardiner River above the conjunction with Boiling River. We started by fishing a small canyon with minor success and quickly moved up to a less gradient section of the river.
The Gardiner is in the lowest altitude area of the park which means a little warmer water temps and the only place in Yellowstone were there is a possibility of running into a snake. In all our several trips out we have never seen so much as a trace, so why should this time be any different. Right? Well not exactly.
Nate was fishing the left side of a run while I was fishing the right. Nate suddenly heard the sound of sand paper rubbing together and turned around to see this rascal running for cover. Not sure of the species but we believe it to be a Bull snake.
I know a snake is a snake but the bulls are not poisonous. The snakes apperance was shortly after the catching side of the fishing started to turn on. We were fishing caddis dries with a variety of nymphs underneath. The fish were evenly caught off nymphs and dries.
We caught Browns, Cutties, Rainbows, and even a Brook trout of about 12″ that hadn’t got the memo that Brookies aren;t suppose to be in this stretch of river. What a pleasant suprise being brookies are my all time favorite fish.
We continued on the Gardiner until 3:00pm and then decided to eat some PB&J’s and make the trip to Soda Butte to try a new stretch for the evening.