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Michael and Aimee came in from NYC for XMAS so we decided to take a trek up to the Owens Valley to do what we do. This year, Michael, Ally, Ally’s friend, Liz and Hero participated…

Ridgecrest, CA at 5:30 AM on Hwy. 14…

PT, Ally and Hero…at sunrise in the Alabama Hills below Mt. Whitney…

Liz soaking up some sunlight…

The Alabama Hills with Mt. Whitney in the background…

Ally and Hero ready for a hike…

Ally, Liz and Hero in panorama…

Looking South along the crest of the Sierras…

Doughnut Rock…

Looking East toward the White Mountains…

An expanded view of the Alabama Hill and the Sierra Nevada Mountains…

Hero, Michael and Ally…let’s go guys !!!

Destination ,,,Goose Lake…

Looks familiar…

Ally, PT & Hero…

Middle of nowhere…looking Southeast…

Looking Southwest…

Across Goose Lake towards the Sierras…

Northeast, towards the White Mountains…

On towards Tinemaha Reservoir…when wet, that alkali dust will sink a vehicle over the wheels…

What’s this ???

This guy ain’t sayin’…

A view of the White Mountains across the Owens River…

I used to see these two guys hanging around here in the mid – 90’s…

A lot more water in the Owens River this year…

But a lot of dry and dead vegetation along the banks…

Heading back South, Michael and Liz wanted to check out the CO-OP in Independence, CA

Cool wall art and good coffee…

Some book shopping at the EASTERN SIERRA INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION…Visitor’s Center in Lone Pine, CA…

 A further selection…

I bought this book at the smaller center( now abandoned next door), back in the 90’s, when Michael and Ally were little. Michael is now reading it…

Back out to trudging the sand and dry lake beds…Ally & Hero…

A view towards the Southern end of the White Mountains…

I have been walking around out here since 1950…

Back up to the Sierras…

Looking East and down toward the Mt. Whitney Portal Road…

The Ice Fall at the Portal…this is the first year in a number of years that the road has been open this late in the season…

The Portal Pond that is stocked with Rainbows…one year, there were a number of them frozen solid in here…

The guys posing..Michael, Liz Ally and Hero…

Heading back down the Portal Road to Lone Pine, CA…

Liz… almost hanging off a cliff…

Owens Lake at sunset…

Michael, Ally & Liz…

One last sunset shot…

Ally, Michael & PT…

Dinner at Seasons in Lone Pine…

 

NEXT: Last Day in Montana…

 

 

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Another day of stop and go traffic in Yellowstone National Park again. And yes, it snowed again…

My turn to move the overnight accumulation…

Driving in the Park before Madison Junction…

The Madison in an open valley…

The Firehole River before the Falls…

More Firehole…

It was moving rather swiftly…

Back at Biscuit Basin on the Firehole to try out some more soft hackle patterns and midges…It was very cold…

Staying in the car and having second thoughts…

A few more quick photos…

The wooden bridge at Biscuit Basin…

Trekking down the Firehole as the sun momentarily appears…

I think I will start here…

Michael down stream on the Firehole…

Looking upstream from my position…

Michael working around a deadfall…

PT swinging a soft hackle…

A view of PT from Michael’s perspective…

 

Michael brings me a bug and asks for identification. This is a Nectopsyche ( White Miller Caddis) that was drifting, spent in the meniscusBelow, are two patterns that imitate this caddis. Not enough were in the drift to warrant their use…

FIREHOLE FLOSS NECTOPSYCHE # 16…

NECTOPSYCHE SHUCK EMERGER #16…

PT plugging away…

A small reward…

Michael says, “What???”….

Even though a lot of the snow had melted, I was freezing. So, I went back to the car to warm my hands and watch Michael fish a midge up stream…

Closer…

…and almost done…time for a late lunch !

….back to the Old Faithful Lodge

a brat in a bun…

Moo shot, in waders on the front steps…

After lunch, Buffalo time on the Firehole…

No Michael, I won’t pet him…

So we decided to stop at a bunch of places along the Firehole and Madison before heading back to West Yellowstone for dinner…the opportunities are endless…

more on the Firehole…

Driving in Yellowstone National Park includes a traffic jam anytime there is an animal walking along the road…

Micheal tries another spot on the Firehole…

Working the riffles…

A small Rainbow on a Midge…

A large valley where the Madison River runs…further to the left…near Harleqin Lake…

Elk in the meadow…

YES !!!

A nice stretch of the Madison in the Park…

Michael working it again…

A small Brown reward…

A very pretty place…

One last look…

Then on to West Yellowstone…I told Michael I wanted Chinese food and he said, “Follow the Chinese Tour Buses !!!”…So, we did…

Park One, West Yellowstone, MT… 

Three tour buses parked outside…

Looking good…

 I like the one’s with all the chili peppers to the side…

Hot and Sour Soup with Chili Oil…

Good stuff…after a cold day of fishing…

 

NEXT: Between the lakes again and something larger at $3.00 Bridge

 

 

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After a day of pushing myself to the limit and getting sick, Michael and I decided to take the day off (Thursday, September 28th, 2017) and cruise down the Gallatin River on our way to Bozeman, Montana, to do some exploring…

Good idea since we woke up to more snow…at West Fork…

Heading South along the Madison River… just past the Slide Inn…

This map indicates the route over to the Gallatin River from the Madison River Valley…287 to 191 North…

Lots of snow along the upper section of Hwy. 191…

Upper Gallatin River looking South, back towards Yellowstone National Park..

Upper Gallatin River looking North towards Bozeman, MT…This is a great overview of the Gallatin River

A big open meadow where the Gallatin is more like a spring creek than a big river which it becomes down in the canyon…this is looking down river…

…and a view up river…

Michael and I stopped here to digest some informative signage and take photos…

Read… 🙂

…and this as well…

Yes it was cold. Michael and I saw only 3 or four anglers on the entire stretch of the river. Most of them were closer to Bozeman…

…moving right along…

We made a stop here and wished there wasn’t so much white stuff swirling around in the cold wind…The path appeared trodden but no one was working the water…

The opposite direction, down stream…

…a closer look… .1

and .2

Just a short distance off the highway…

Gallatin River Guides Fly Shop in Big Sky, Montana…We always check out fly shops I have been here a number of times on my last few trips up to Montana…

This place…

Michael liked the drift boat…

Some of the locals that fish in Montana…(This photo was on the wall in the shop. It was taken near Lolo, MT in the 1890’s)…* note the guys with the 45-70’s for bears…

I have no idea what this stuff is used for…

So I picked up another one of these – FOLSTAF to use. I will give my other one to Michael (R) since his Simms wading staff has been recalled …again…

Something in almost Mini Moo size for my Grandson perhaps ?

I always try and buy local rather than order something I have not been able to put my hands on…

Back on the road along the Gallatin River…

Closer to Bozeman…

Last view before the river wander off into flatlands near Bozeman…

The Family Fly Shop in Bozeman, MT

I had contacted Joe Mathias of Firehole Outdoors about picking up some of his hooks while I was in Bozeman. He told me to visit this shop and that he would be dropping off some new hooks for me to take a look at… I picked up a few…

Matt Rosenthal owns the shop and he has a lot of other interesting things that one can find there…

More…

Michael and I made our way down Main Street in Bozeman to explore some places and we found this place…VARGO’S JAZZ CITY and BOOKS. 

This place has just about everything. It reminds me of a bookstore I used to into in Beverly Hills, CA when I was a kid. If you are looking for out of print fly fishing books, this is the place…Michel had his mind blown by the architectural book he found therein (above)…

…and I found this book with the plastic, spiral binding intact …

…and the first few yellow pages inside which were lost from my copy…We could have stayed there all day…

But onward to my all-time favorite vintage ( not big box) outdoor storeSchnee’s / Powderhorn

This is another store I could get lost in, for a very long time…Michael started looking at the backcountry cooking books…

…and a hat for his wife, Aimee…then he tried on a bunch of Filson jackets. I had to pull him out of the store…

..The down the street to The Last Wind-Up to look at some vintage watches…

On to HEAD WEST to look at more hats and maybe a hatband for ALLY…

Nope no hatbands for Ally…

Now he wants a Taco and I tell him to wait for dinner…TACO DEL SOL

Michael calls his skateboarding buddy he hasn’t seen in a few years… so we head over to Redbrain Medis,, next to the Bozeman Brewery so he can visit…I have a Coke…

The buds…

Michael wants to spend some time at the Food Co-Op in Bozeman to see what they offer compared to where he lives…

Interesting…

Grain goodies…

This is not like my market…

Have to get some of this…

If I was still drinking (there still would not be enough)…

Healthy stuff…

Yummys…

We got a few items and checked out. The place was filled with young Montana State students…

So I get Michael on the web, by IPhone, to find a good place to EAT…THE OPEN RANGEScore !!!

Menu…which changes each week…

We entered though the back door past this…

Into the lower dining/bar area…

To the elevated dining area…

Michael ponders…

Orders something I have never heard of that will put one under the table…

The “Wall of Dogs” stare down on us…

I order a Caesar Salad for us to split…

Then a 10oz, Culotte for the main course, while Michael has the Cast Iron Chicken…Mmmmmmm

No room for any of these…

One last look at where these wonderful dishes are made…

Back on the road to West Fork, from Bozeman, as the sun sinks in the West…

Almost in Ennis, Montana as it gets dark…

 

NEXT: An intermission with Ally, Nick and HERO…up to Bishop,CA for a November weekend...then more MONTANA

 

 

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So I am watching a little college football this Saturday afternoon and I get a text with photos from my son Michael who is out fishing on the Upper Delaware River today…

He catches these two Rainbow Trout…

 

On the pheasant tail version of Rowan Nyman’s SHOP VAC fly pattern that we used so successfully on the Madison River, in Montana, in September…

This fly…

That I tie in a thread version (L) and a PT Version (R)…

Looks like I need to tie some more up. Ally wants me to go up tp Bishop, to fish the Lower Owens River, this coming weekend... 🙂

 

NEXT: More MONTANA travels…

 

 

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Woke up Tuesday Morning, September 19 to more overcast skies and tiny snowflakes. so we headed towards West Yellowstone…

Yep…it’s going to get nasty…

..for certain…

A stop at Blue Ribbon Flies to pick up licenses and regulations for fishing in Yellowstone National Park…

The Regulations…those three things listed on the bottom left hand corner are ” need to know” information…

Then on to the Park Entrance just East of town to pay the fee ( in this case, for six days)…

The map was very useful…because of the snowy conditions, travel around the park was limited. We were headed to Biscuit Basin on the Firehole River

Slow going…The Madison River and Baker Hole are on the left…

Did I mention slow going…???

This is the Madison River, in the park, at about 14 miles in…it was now on the right hand side of the road…

Michael and I decided to stop and take some pictures…

…of each other and the scenery…

Then Michael helped this other gentleman use his phone for photographs…

This is the Firehole, about 8 miles from Madison Junction. where the Gibbon and Firehole join to create the Madison River…this is looking downstream…

…and this is looking upstream …

This is around mid-Geyser Basin where the traffic came to a dead stop so everybody could take bison photos…

On the left…

…and…Wait for it !!!

…on the right…this REALLY took forever…

Nearing Biscuit Basin…

…are we there yet ???

Finally, a view from the bridge, looking upstream above Biscuit Basin…

Looking downstream from the bridge and the reason – on the left – as to why the Firehole River remains at a warm temperature year-round. The water temps were around 62 degrees on this day…

Michael tries on Lil’ Moo’s glasses to see how fashionable he can be for the tourists, many of whom thought we were both crazy for fly fishing in the snow…

The soft hackle fly box I prepared for this occasion…

…and the GOLD PROSPECTOR I tied on as my first soft hackle to use…

OK…I can go for that…

Tis is a very beautiful place to fish…

Michael picks up a nice Brown on a Midge Larva…

He was using this MADISON DRIFTER as his lead fly because it has a tungsten bead for weight…he also used these:

Tungsten shot – because lead in the park is forbidden…From Madison Fly Company…P.S. They need to do some work ( refinement ) on this product…

I continued to swing soft hackles…

Using a UV DATUM #3 COACHMAN…

…and collected this little guy…

The bottom of the river in this location had a gravely sections filled with weeds and some large underwater rocks. One must watch their step, unsuspected drop-offs lurk …

Michael caught another nice Brown…these are the most common size…in the past, I have hooked into some very large Brown on the Firehole…

No matter though…I just enjoy being here…

Michael was using my Thomas & Thomas 9′, 5wt. (Bottom) and I was using a Winston WT 9′, 5wt. (Top) – both with Tibor  Tailwater Reels…the Silver being the CL Model…

Michael caught a bunch more small Brown Trout…

…and I had my share…

Then, it was time for Michael to take some photos of other attractions in the area and for us to go to lunch at the Old Faithful Inn Dining Room…I broke down the rods and warmed up my frozen hands…

Sulphur and smelly…

…self-explanatory…

….another cauldron of cooking chemicals…

…YIKES !!!…

I am going in the Lodge to grab a table…

The lobby of The Old Faithful Inn…it has changed a lot since I was last here in October, 1977 with my Dad…

The dining room…’cause we a both famished…

...the customary VIRGIN BLOODY MARY…very spicy…

I love menus # 1.

I LOVE menus #2.

Michael cannot resist…

A Caesar Salad…Michael had the other half and a burger with fries…

…perhaps Lil’ Moo would like one of these stuffed bears ???

…or some other tchotchke from the gift shop ??? Naw…back to Blue Ribbon Flies for fishin’ stuff…

Michael spies the clock…a real tourist…

So he goes out in a blizzard to wait for it to erupt…

While I wisely wait under cover …Never did go off while he was out there…

We are outta’ here…

..and back to West Yellowstone to pick up some supplies at the market…it is sleeting and snowing and the wind is blowing like crazy…

Everything is better with butter…but this is ridiculous…

…back down by $3.00 Bridge, the weather is beginning to clear…

…a few sprinkles up on the mountain…

…back at West Fork and… “Put the groceries away before you fish !”

…above the bridge again with a 10′, 5wt. Loomis Streamdance to the left…

So…Michael swings his Seal Bugger just in front of the rock…

…and a Rainbow end of the day…again… 🙂

 

NEXT: Down to ENNIS & The Channels Section / $3.00 Bridge afterwards…

 

 

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We awoke on Monday, September 18 to overcast skies and a chill in the air. Once again, the weather was starting to turn cold-er and a promise of more snow was in the air…

Dark skies again…

We decided to make a short run up to $3.00 Bridge, check what might be hatching and fish for awhile. Michael checks on of my Wheatley boxes for something small…

Michael worked the slot above my favorite big rock…large Rainbows and Browns drift in and out of the faster water to chow down on Midges and Baetis/BWO’s in here…

A flock of Trout were taking emerging Baetis in the pool above…they were what used to be called Pseudocloeon and were about size #24, which neither of us had in our boxes…

Michael spent some time just photographing and shooting video of the activity and gave me a heads up that he wanted to toss streamers up river, between the lakes…

While he  above me, I managed to get one small Rainbow on a Midge larva…

This is Kelly Galloup’s Slide Inn Fly Shop, located couple of miles South of the $3.00 Bridge turnoff…

Some of the bins containing Kelly’s signature streamer patterns…and a suggestion about not falling on one’s posterior… 🙂

More of those streamer patterns which Michael judiciously fingered…

I bought him several of Kelly’s flies, ineluding one that cost around $10.00, to be used on one of his streamer adventures, on the Upper Delaware River…

Now I know what the benches are for…

This is a map view of the area know as “between the lakes” on the Madison river. It is that relatively short section of river between  Lake and Quake Lake. This earthquake, in 1959 created Quake Lake…Large Trout in Quake lake run up the Madison to spawn in the Spring and Fall…

This is a view of Quake Lake looking North towards the Slide Inn…

…and an opposite view looking South towards West Yellowstone…

This is about half-way down the road leading to the parking lot above Quake Lake. On this particular day, there were a lot of people there and trucks, 4X4’s and cars were jammed into every nook and cranny alongside the dirt road…lots of deep potholes field with water and mud..

This is about half way to the parking lot above Quake Lake…

The meadow beyond the lower parking lot…

…and another view, slightly North…

We started fishing just below here, I was using big soft hackles and Michael was using my Conehead Hot Spot Seal Buggers…

CONEHEAD HS SEAL BUGGERS…in particular…the one in the left slot…

This deadfall looked interesting…The water in this area was really moving. It is also filled with Whitefish. I took a couple of small Rainbow Trout and Michael, using the Seal Buggers, was broken off by two really nice Trout. In this heavy, I suggested he might want to switch out to 3X Seaguar instead of 4X Trouthunter…

For the most part, I preferred to work the edges rather than mess with that forceful current…

Michael liked working the water around and above both sides of this sizable boulder…

…and in this side channel above it…

Upstream view from the large boulder…

Cautious “Old Guy” works the edges…

So after getting beat up down there with minimal reward, for most of the afternoon, we headed up to the Campfire Lodge to check out their collection of feathers

Then a drive back down to the Westfork Cabins …

…and one more shot for Michael, with that Seal Bugger, just above the bridge… 🙂

Sausage & Salad for dinner…

Happy Seal Bugger guy !!!

 

 

NEXT: The Fire Hole River, Yellowstone National Park

 

 

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I began planning this trip to Montana with Michael around Christmas 2016 when he and Aimee came out to California for the Holidays. Originally, we had planned to visit Montana in July but unforeseen circumstances made us put it off until September of 2017. I made this same  trip with my Father forty years ago in the middle of October 1977. This trip was a lot different. I traveled 3685 miles (RT) over 20 days and Michael and I took over 1500+ photographs with four cameras…Here are some of them…

A lot minute pick-up, Patagonia Light Weight Wading Boots with Goat Head Sole Spikes

Watching the sunrise near Ridgecrest, CA around 6AM on Wednesday, September 13…

The usual stop at Mahogany Smoked Meats in Bishop, CA at 9AM to pick up stuff to snack on while fly fishing…

The good stuff !!! 🙂

 Out in the middle of Nowhere, Nevada. I always take back roads when traveling to Montana. There are awe inspiring vistas to be viewed and very little traffic along the roads. The only drawback is those flagmen one ALWAYS encounters where they are doing repair work on some desolate stretch of highway and yer’ stuck there for up to an hour…

MIddlegate Station, Nevada…located on “the loneliest road in America”, Hwy 50 between Fallon and Austin, Nevada. One of the many “saloons” that I was required to stop at on the trip I took with my Father in October, 1977. I was ready to eject him by the time we left Jackpot, NV and entered Idaho…

Yep…it looks like a few things have expired here…

A Nevada roadmap overview that does not show the back roads unless enlarged…

North of Austin, Nevada and some menacing clouds in the distance…

The road that leads to Bewawe, NV and Hwy. 80 East to Wells, NV…

The curse of Nevada Highways…dead stop on Hwy. 93 …North to Jackpot, NV and Idaho Falls…

This is a vintage shot of Cactus Pete’s Casino in Jackpot, NV the last of the places my Dad HAD to get a drink on our way to Yellowstone. There are several new casinos in Jackpot now since they outlawed gambling in Idaho and I would venture to say that Hwy. 93 is one of the most dangerous roads in America – alcohol might be involved…

So I am on the phone with my son Michael, at the dead stop above and he tells me he will find me a place to stay outside of Twin Falls, ID because  almost all of the motels/lodgings in that city are dumps (been there and he’s correct). So he tells me about this place called the Hagerman Valley Inn which is 30 miles West of Twin Falls and easy to find. As I progress up Hwy 93 into Idaho, the skies darken, it starts to pour, it is getting dark and semi’s are barreling down the road throwing water all over my windscreen…did I say it was dark and pouring rain ??? All I have to do is find Hwy. 30 and go West…

HWY 93 and Junction with HWY 30…I missed it three times … it is VERY DARK, it’s still pouring and there are MANY trucks…why isn’t the light in front of the sign ???

Hagerman Valley Inn

Michael has called the Inn to tell them I am lost but that I will be there – sometime. I keep driving on this two lane Highway can’t find this place, drop calls with Michael and finally arrive an hour after their restaurant had closed…I am just happy to get a room and go to sleep…

So I am up at 6AM, re-pack the vehicle, head out to Hwy 84, make a wrong turn and drive 30 miles towards Boise instead of Twin Falls and North to Yellowstone…Finally on the right track around Pocatello, Idaho…

Trouthunter in Island Park, ID…stopped here to pick up a few items…

Leaders and tippet material…

Heading towards West Yellowstone on Hwy. 20…

Fly Fishing Shop Nirvana…Blue Ribbon Flies, West Yellowstone Montana…time to get a Montana license and browse…

Almost there…The Madison River below Quake Lake and above Kelly Galloup’s Slide Inn…

The Bridge at the Old Kirby Place and West Fork Cabin Camp

Setting up the cabin #1…

Setting up the cabin #2…

Wait…what happened to the sun ???…and the it started raining – really raining…

A Virgin Bloody Mary at The Grizzly Bar & Grill about a mile up the road…

..and it was still raining the next morning when I headed through Ennis, MT to Bozeman to pick up Michael at the airport…this is Yesterday’s at the Ennis Pharmacy…best breakfast in Montana…

Sitting here at the airport in Bozeman waiting for Michael’s flight to arrive…outside, it is raining harder…

Michael shoots the Montana landscape from his window seat…it is raining…

 Stopped at The River’s Edge West next to the Simms Factory to pick up some new G3’s for Michael and some extra socks and gloves…this is a screen shot…it was raining even harder…

Up the grade from Norris to Ennis, Montana…it is getting real crappy now…

From Ennis up to West Fork Cabin Camp…

Arriving at the bridge…

So, after unpacking, Michael takes a stroll around the Madison River, in the immediate vicinity…

Yep…it’s still snowing…

More and more…

Time for dinner at the nearest joint possible…The Grizzly Bar and Grill again…

IPA for Michael, Virgin Bloody Mary for me…

Went to bed after seeing this…

Woke up Saturday, September 16th. to this…Thanks Michael !!!

…and this…

Michael getting busy with the broom…

Up the road to $3.00 Bridge…

Nobody in the parking lot, wonder why ???

$3.00 Bridge in the snow, in September and it is COLD !

Get out there and fish !!!

Trudging along the Madison River…

I like this spot…

A Rainbow…on a #20 Cream Miracle Midge…

Not entirely for the birds…

Warming up a bit…

I’ll just work this section…

Michael finds a Glossosoma – Short Horned Caddis…

The Trout are drifting in from the heavier current on the outside to the softer current on the inside…

…and they are focused on MIDGES…

As Michael was well aware…

Thawing out in the afternoon…

Back at them tomorrow !

Salad with sausage for dinner at the cabin…

 

NEXT: More on the Madison…

 

 

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