12/30/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges



Those That Know Me Asked For It, So All Of You, Know Me Or Not, Are
Going to Get It - Extreme, X Rated, Hard Core Fishing Tales

Getting Out of More Holes Than One
One thing I learned about fishing Yellowstone waters during the Summer was that
the  best caddisfly activity occurs when it's just getting dark. Most of the caddisflies
that hatch during the hottest part of the Summer are different species of Spotted
Sedges, which are net-spinning caddisflies that are very plentiful in most all the
streams in the park as well as the nearby waters outside the park. The females
don't start depositing their eggs to a large extent until late in the afternoons. Most
anglers fish a short time after the egg laying activity starts but catch few trout and
quit before the trout really begin to feed on them. On streams like the Gallatin River
that gets a lot of fishing pressure from large numbers of anglers every day during
the Summer, the trout, especially the larger ones, wait until well after the sun has
set before they begin to feed on the egg laying caddisflies. I think the trout feel
more secure feeding near the banks by waiting until it's almost dark to begin. Most
of the time, they deposit their eggs right a long the banks and the later in the day or
you wait, the better the fishing. Most anglers that fish the Gallatin River, and most
other rivers in or near the park for that matter, have already finished eating dinner
when the best fishing takes place. It usually doesn't get very dark until late, around
9:00 or 10:00 PM., and though few do, that's the best time to be on the water. The
particular day this event took place, Angie and I were fishing on the lower Gallatin
River just inside the park's North Boundary on highway #191. She was running
camera and it was so late, see keep saying the video was going to be bad due to
the low light. I was catching one fish after another walking along the banks and
casting upstream close to the banks.

We both were well aware of the huge holes along the banks of the Gallatin River. I'm
not certain exactly which animals cause them. I keep an eye out for bears and
moose, but not the beavers, muskrats, otters or whatever animal it is that digs or
causes these huge holes in ground near the banks of the river. They are not easy
to see. They are hidden by the grass and scrub bushes. Some of these holes are
huge. I think whatever creates these holes dig into the sides of the stream's banks
and a resulting sink hole type of thing occurs. I'm really not sure how they get that
large but I do know they are usually deep and the bottoms of them have water that
obviously comes from the stream. Stepping into one is an easy way to break a leg
or to sprang an ankle.

We normally are careful walking along the banks but again, it was almost dark and I
was watching my fly when I fell into one of them over waist deep. I didn't have on my
waders, only my wading boots. It took a couple of minutes to pull myself out even
with Angie's help. It took some hide off my lower leg but I was okay otherwise. We
stopped fishing and headed to the truck parked just off the highway a good distance
from there. When we got near our truck, a park ranger pulled up behind our vehicle.
He approached us and asked for our fishing license, commenting that it was very
late to be fishing. I reached for my billfold but it wasn't there. It was missing. I looked
at Angie and she looked at me and at the same time we both said, "it must be in that
hole".

The park ranger grinned a little and looked at us like "This is the first time I've heard
this one". I told him about falling in the hole and convinced him to walk almost a
quarter of a mile down to the river with us to look for it. He even let me use his
flashlight. I got down on my knees and scanned the bottom of the hole but didn't
spot anything other than muddy water. So, desperate not only to find my fishing
license, but to also find what was every cent of money and all the credit cards we
had to our name, I got back into the hole and felt around on the bottom. The hole
barely allowed room to reach the bottom and even then I could only feel a tiny spot
of bottom at a time without turning and trying to sit down low enough to reach the
bottom in a slightly different area. Finally I felt the billfold. I came up with a soaking
wet billfold and while still standing in the hole, I presented the park ranger with my
Yellowstone fishing license. The second he spotted my billfold and as I was pulling
out the license, he said without thinking, "I'm sorry I caused you all this trouble". I
replied, "Trouble, If you hadn't of showed up we would have been two flat broke
trout bums". Angie added, "He probably wouldn't have even noticed the billfold was
missing until he  tried to pay for dinner".

I'm not sure I could even find the exact place I pulled off the highway the next day to
look for it, much less the same hole. I had all the money and credit cards. I learned
a good lesson and that's to share both the money and cards with Angie as well as  
to keep my pockets buttoned or zipped up when fishing  

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