07/30/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2.    Little Sister Caddisflies (Abrams Creek)
3.    Little Yellow Stoneflies - Summer Stones
4.    Slate Drakes
5.    Cream Cahills
6.    Little Green Stoneflies
7.    Ants
8.    Inchworms
9.    Beetles
10.  Grasshoppers
11.  Hellgrammite
12.  Cranefly
13.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)

Rare Yellowstone Bear Attack:

I feel sure most everyone has seen this on the news but for those of you who may
not have heard, this past Wednesday night at approximately 4:00 AM, a mother
grizzly bear killed a man from Michigan at the Soda Butte Campground in Cooke
City Montana just outside of Yellowstone National Park. It also attacked a lady from
Canada there to fly fish and a teenager in another tent. They trapped the mother
and her two cubs and will put the mother to sleep. It is yet to be determined what to
do with the cubs.

According to the officials, the people camping there did everything right including
storing their food properly. They cannot figure what prompted the female grizzly to
try to eat people that were obviously not a threat to her cubs. She may have not
viewed it that way. She may have considered them to be a threat for some unknown
reason.

It must be horrible to wake up to the sound of your bones being crunched.
Amazingly, the lady's husband, asleep in the same tent didn't even wake up until it
was all over. She said the bear didn't make any noise. Neither Angie or I are afraid
of bears (probably not afraid to the point we should be) but it's very chilling to think
of what actually may of happened, particularly to the man from Michigan.

Angie and I haven't camped at Soda Butte Campground but we have stayed a least
thirty or forty nights in a motel in Cooke City, one of our favorite places - well, I
should say my favorite place. She isn't so fond of it and prefers the much busier
Gardiner or West Yellowstone. I like the fact it's small. Just outside town, you're in
the wilderness. We have seen several black bears between Cooke City and the
park just a short distance away. One was a huge Cinnamon bear that would push
400 pounds easily, which was not even a quarter of a mile outside town. Moose are
also a very common sight there.

Fishing Conditions in the Smokies:
I don't see how fishing conditions in the Smokies could possible be any better in the
later part of July. Some of the streams are still a little low to suit some anglers but I
certainly don't have any complaints about the levels. We have been blessed with
several thunderstorms lately. It looks like Little River shot up again during the night
so it must have received some rain in its headwaters.

The water temperatures are still high of course, so you need to stay in the high
elevations. The high for Saturday is only going to be 89 degrees according to one
forecast. That is certainly very reasonable for this time of the year.

Continued tomorrow:
Advice on Fishing Techniques, Strategies and Methods - Part 12
Continued from part 11