Day 7 started out with a nice big breakfast of eggs, biscuits, and bacon. We then headed out the door on a mission to hit the Northeast of the park.
Our exact destinations were Pebble Creek first and then over to Soda Butte. On the way in we passed the Lamar, and it was chocolate milk. We had received hard rains two nights ago and heavy sediment was put into the river.
This made us a little nervous, being that Soda Butte feeds into the Lamar, and Pebble into Soda Butte. However as soon as we actually saw Soda Butte we knew it was fishable. Dirty, but fishable, and we knew Pebble would be in good shape.
When we arrived at the parking area, we were greeted by two other groups of fisherman. Normally this too would be a little unnerving, but not on this creek.
We fish this creek every year and it has yet to disappoint us, even if fishing right behind someone. Which as is turns out we did today.
The river consists of Yellowstone Cutthroats, Rainbows, and Cut bows. Every fish in that creek seems to love dry flies. With in moments of arriving Dick was working his magic.
He hooked up and LDR’d (Long Distance Released) a nice fish and moments later he was hooked up again, and this fish met the net. Walking down stream I notice Charlie hooked up with a fish out of one of our favorite small holes.
Fishing stayed super consistent North of the bridge, while Jeff and Spencer tamed a few fish on the South side but said it was no where as steady.
They too moved up closer to the campground and got into a few more fish before lunch.
Dick and Charlie continued to work up stream coaxing up numerous fish along the way.
Dick found his honey hole and began to teach the fish a thing or two. Eight landed out of one hole.
Charlie found his special little spot and began to do work. Several landed within minutes.
Watch for the video (Coming Soon to a theatre VERY near you…on UTube). Spencer and Nate went up to one of the most scenic holes on the creek and got into fish. Notice all the brightly colored rocks in the river. At about 1pm we decided to break for lunch and plan our attack on Soda Butte.
While eating lunch we were visited by several very inquisitive residents, and Nate’s hat was under full inspection by a longhorn beetle.
After a quick bite, off we went. When we got our boots wet again in Soda Butte we noticed the river was not chocolate milk, but very stained.
Normally, in alot of rivers, this gives you more chance to approach and less chance of the 3rd degree on your fly. That however was not the case today.
The fish seemed to be rising to inspect flies like Davidson River fish.
They would come up look and go back.
If you were lucky enough to get a strike you better be on the money because you would not get a second chance. Everyone fished hard during our evening session, and a few fish were brought to hand.
Spencer and Jeff landed some nice fish with Spencer tagging a beautiful Yellowstone Cutthroat.
After a beautiful day, in a beautiful place we decided to head back to the cabin for some grilled pork tenderloin and relaxation. Rest is needed because tomorrow is the attack on Slough Creek. 1st meadow here we come!