That said, plenty of fish were caught, but most days I had to work for each and every one of them. No complaints, that's just the way it was. I learned a lot while fishing in difficult conditions and always had fun just being on the water in beautiful country.
On one of the calm evenings, the spinner fall was epic. Here's a well-chewed, #16, foam spinner that I took many fish on before I had to change to a new one. The wings are snowshoe rabbit foot.
On another evening, we decided to go over to the Gallatin River to fish the meadows in the YNP section. Having fished this section many times in past years, I knew we would encounter pesky flies - they look like house flies, but they can bite like a horsefly. We wore long-sleeved shirts and after covering any and all exposed skin with bug spray, we off to fish. The flies were the worst I've ever seen them here, and we lasted about an hour before high-tailing it back to the car for relief. The flies were thick and aggressive - they managed to get into our shirts and ears, and even up our noses! Flies 1, fishermen 0.
After the bug fest, we headed down river and parked just above where the Taylor Fork enters the river. Here there were no flies and the river was in perfect condition and the sky windless and clear. I walked up river after spending some time near where Bruce and JB were fishing, and found fish rising in many of the pockets, runs and slicks to caddis. I used two flies that evening to take many nice fish on top, some of them quite large and healthy. A #15 Iris Caddis, and a #15 Missing Link Caddis. The fish took them aggressively and they fought even harder. It was a blast.
Here's the well-chewed Iris Caddis:
And here's the well-chewed, but not showing it, Missing Link Caddis:
More flies that worked on our trip to come. In the meantime, sharpen your hooks, and look outside - it's finally raining here!!!!