Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. BWOs (eastern BWOs)
2. Cream Cahills
3. Cinnamon Caddis
4. Little Yellow Stoneflies
5. Golden Stoneflies
6. Slate Drakes
7. Little Green Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
8. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
9. Inch Worms
Fishing Tales - Falling In A Hole
You rarely get checked for a fishing license in Yellowstone or Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but when
a Ranger does check my license, I usually feel good about it. I have only been checked twice in Yellowstone
National Park and one of those times stands out in my memory very well.
Angie and I were fishing the spotted Sedge egg laying event on the Gallatin River late one July afternoon. Most
everyone else had left the river earlier to hit the bars and restaurants in West Yellowstone. We had learned
that some of the best fishing opportunities were very late in the day around 9 to10 PM.
In the park section of the Gallatin River most of the banks are linnd with high grass. The banks are mostly clear
of bushes and trees to the point you can walk upstream along the bank fairly easy provided you don't step into
one of the big holes that exist along the banks. They are usually well concealed by the high grass. I'm not sure
if an animal makes these large holes or if they are made by the current of the river undercutting the banks. I
just know they are big holes that are very deep that go down to the stream bed level.
I tend to keep my eyes on the water and not where I am stepping. Walking the banks fishing upstream keeping
your eyes on the fly or the water can result in some hard falls along the Gallatin River. I did just that and fell
into one that was about chest deep. It skinned me up pretty good. I finally got back to fishing even though the
pain from the skinned up and bruised legs was on the verge of being almost unbearable.
It was almost dark when Angie informed me that a Ranger was headed down the hill to where we were fishing. I
figured we were about to be checked for our fishing license. When the Ranger arrived, he first asked how the
fishing was and then to see my license. He didn't ask Angie because she didn't have a fly rod and was running
our video camera. I reached for my billfold only to discover it was missing. I had lost it. I was explaining to the
Ranger that I had probably lost my billfold in the car when it suddenly occurred to me that I probably had lost it
in the hole I fell in. I explained what had happened earlier in the afternoon. The nice Ranger just shook his
head and listened with that "I thought I had heard the all but I guess not" look. Finally he said, well if you are
sure you dropped it in the hole, lets try to find it, otherwise, I will have to write you a ticket.
I would have never known where the hole was if it were not for Angie. I had just lost track of where it occurred..
My leg was bleeding through my pants. At least the Ranger could see the blood stained pants legs. It was one
day that I wished I had worn my waders but it was a hot day that reached about ninety degrees and I had
decided to just walk the banks. Thanks to Angie, she was able to take us downstream to the hole I fell in. It was
about an eight of a mile hike I suppose, and all the way there I wondered if my billfold was in or near the hole. It
also occurred to me that it wasn't just the fishing license that was missing. It was my identification, about a
thousand dollars of cash, and all my credit cards. West Yellowstone Montana isn't a good place to be broke.
On our fishing trips, Angie always leaves handling the money up to me and she keeps track of our expenses.
When we reached the hole, I climbed down in it as Angie and the Ranger searched the banks near the hole. I
couldn't see anything in the hole, so the Ranger loaned me his flashlight. There it was, in the bottom of the
hole, soaking in the muddy water. I looked up at the Ranger, probably with a big grin on my face. He smiled
and began to laugh. All three of us laughed as we walked back to the highway. The pain from the bruises was
taking my breath after climbing down in the hole and having to walk so far, but even so, I was still able to laugh
If it wasn't for the Ranger checking our license and being very patient with us, we may have never found my
billfold. I would probably not even have discovered it was missing until we arrived back in West Yellowstone.
It could have been under water the next day or even washed out of the hole into the river. It would have been
much more difficult to find the hole the following day. Everything along the river looks basically the same.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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