1. Got low-holed by a gear-dude driftboat and actually had it bite me (aka they caught a fish in my hole)
2. Had a fish break me off on the strike
3. had two strikes in one morning and didn't land at least one.
Longs for Cutts- Montana= Lots of big brown trout, you should be happy! I feel ya though. Dang, you know I had a fish last weekend on the sauk hit my fly and i set the hook, the fly comes flying back. The trailer hook was fouled up around the tippet!!! All the times i've changed my lengths of tippets due to one little tiny nick, all the times when i sharped my hook because of rocks, and on the cast that counts, my hook fouls up around my line! Thats the only fish I've hooked for a good while up there! I change my knots and sharpen hooks in an almost obsessive manner, I swore never again to loose a fish, if i can help it, on a bad knot or dull hook or a poorly set drag. Especially a crappy nailknot. A while back i lost a big steelhead when a nailknot failed. Albright all the way baby. I've never had problems since.
AbsoluteHog- it dosent matter how many times you go out, if there are no fish, or no willing fish. I haven't hooked a fish in a while up there, but most my days up there I've gotten up there mid day, the sun was out in full force as the fishermen were, and the water was low and clear. Now I know i can catch fish if theres a willing fish, because when they're there and willing, hooking multiple fish in the same run is common place. First water, and river conditions really make a difference in my experience, if you're fishing the right water. Sure you can get lucky and catch a moving fish, or one that the gear guys or fly guys just happen to miss, but that is definately not an every day occurance.
Check my sig --this will be my sixth year in Gardiner and third as head guide. I know all about the browns Seriously, though, I've got the suckers dialed on "River X," having caught fall-run browns as early as late July and numbers as early as late August. The nice brown in my gallery is one a client caught. Every one over 5lbs has come unglued, alas.
I've got an article on this site about flyfishing the northern end of YNP, where I do most of my guiding.
People float at different paces, but you can estimate when drifters will be on certain parts of the river. The bottom part of a float should be empty of boats early in the day and the upper part empty late in the day.
Some people don't cover the water well, or they fish the wrong setup for the water they're on. Watch and figure out who is worth fishing behind and who isn't.