So Day 5 has come and gone leaving a mixed bag of success reports.
We started the day with a huge breakfast, packed our lunch, and headed to some H2O. There were slightly different agendas in the house for today.
Nick and Pat were going to try to stalk some big Cutthroats, and then head over to Grebe Lake for the chance at Grayling. The rest of the crew and myself all were going to start on Pebble, and then work our way down to Soda Butte.
Although there were several parties to attend, everyone got the same surprise, high winds. Winds were blowing at least 40mph, but fish were still eating in the northern part of the park.
Fish were feeding regularly on Spruce Moths and Caddis.
Spiros started school right off the bat.
He was educating those Cutties. Steve was batting perfect in the A.M. Many fish were landed and three times as many got the better of us. Nick and Pat’s game plan however involved stalking large fish, and with the wind gusting , sight fishing was out of the question. They fished hard but with no visibility it turned out to be a lot of prospecting.
They decided to try to run over to Grebe Lake for their chance at a new species. After pushing hard through a 3 mile hike, they step clear of the trees only to find more high wind.
They worked the water for the limited time they had available but no love was given. It just goes to show even excellent fisherman can have tough days.
Sometimes you just have to get it out of the way so something spectacular can happen.
The other group decided to split up. I headed back to the cabin to begin work on our Chicken Parmesan dinner, while Steve, Bob, and Jeff tryid to to duck the wind in the begining of the Lamar Valley.
Aaron, Spiros, John, and Kevin, decided to go chase some Brookies on a small wooded stream.
Their plan of action proved to be the best one, with the trees providing a nice break from the wind gusts.
They then proceeded to pierce lips left and right, with Aaron and Spiros doubling up on their first casts. The fish are absolutely gorgeous right now because they are getting ready for their yearly dance.
After getting pounded by the wind and having no luck on the Lamar they decided to head back to Soda Butte to finish out their day.
We had the pleasure of having Richard Parks join us during and after dinner to give us a ‘business’ presentation. Richard is the owner of Parks’ Fly Shop ( http://www.parksflyshop.com/ ) and he has a wealth of information on fly fishing in the area. He has several books and patterns that he has designed specifically for fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park. The coolest part is that Richard and his head guide, Walter Weise, will lead our group on float fishing trips on Friday and Saturday.
Definitely check back in tomorrow to find out how our assault on the world famous Slough Creek turns out. Tight lines!!!!!