YNP in September


Starting in 1982, me and the guys and then me and Virginia would head out to the YNP area to fish in and around the park. We started before "the fire" and in those days, we would show up in July with hardly anyone in the place. Once it became popular, Virginia and I started heading on over in September and made it a yearly flyfishing vacation. We stayed at the same motel every year in West Yellowstone and used that as our base camp.

The price of fuel put an end to that and we had to find a closer place for our flyfishing vacation. We picked East Lake.

This time of year reminds me of those decades of trips and I dearly miss them. It wasn't just for the fishing the trip was also for the altitude, the scenery and the wild animals.

I'm putting together a slide show we can show on our TV so I thought I'd drop some of the shots here to show you why I haven't been tying flies. Editing a slide show is extremely labor intensive. You'll notice some are in B&W, those were taken during the early 80s when I was more into B&W than color.

Here we go:

Yellowstone Falls.jpg

The gang (before Virginia started fishing) ... notice the neoprene waders:

The guys_edited-1.jpg

Gin 00.jpg


Hanks 00_edited-1.jpg

A pelican floated through the anglers:

Hanks 12 00_edited-1.jpg

Hanks 5 00_edited-2.jpg

sun beams 3_edited-1.jpg

Sun ray_edited-1.jpg

GT on Hanks.jpg

Buffalo Ford:

Buffalo Ford.jpg

John with cutt in net_edited-1.jpg

John with cutt 3 00_edited-1.jpg

John with cutt 3 a_edited-1.jpg

GT with fish on_edited-1.jpg

GT fighting fish_edited-1.jpg

Rock with trout on Mud Volcano 00_edited-1.jpg

YNP cutt_edited-1.jpg

The reason it is called Buffalo Ford:

Buffalo 2_edited-1.jpg





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I remember the days before the wolf introduction in the mid-90s. YNP didn't get nearly as much attention as it does now.

I don't visit YNP much any more. The traffic due to "bear jams" etc really makes driving a challenge.

It's amazing how we thought those heavy neoprenes were so great. They were better than the Red Ball canvas waders I had before them.

YNP was an is a special place and the wildlife roaming around in your backcast was always a treat.

Thanks for the photos, Gene.



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Great pics; can't wait for the next installment.


ps - my first waders were Seal-Dri latex; what a great concept - heavy, bulky, impervious to water and not much else (zero insulation - you roasted in hot weather and froze in cold water).


Scott, my first non-boot foot waders were also Seal-Dri and I wore tennis shoes with them because wading boots were not yet common. Then I went to Seal-Dri Light... woooweeee.... lighter rubber!!

Of course the first neoprens were a treat... they weren't lined so you had to roll them on. What a pain!!!

My YNP animal photos are not as good as Hunter's but I shot them while driving from one fishing spot to another so they are mostly shots-in-a-hurry affairs.

Now... back to sorting out the hundreds of slides and negatives. Next installment is this eve...


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I look forward to more pictures as well.

I visited YNP in September 20 years ago, new to the northwest, accustomed to backpacking in the California Sierras in September.

I learned the inland northwest is way colder that the Sierra Nevada in September!

Lots of fly fishers, but I was not a fly fisherman myself in those days.


P.s. how are you going about scanning your slides and negatives?


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One way to fish away from the crowds in Yellowstone, is to ride in on horseback. It's a lot of fun and after you get about a mile from most trailheads, there are very few people.

This area is mostly suited for 0 wt - 3 wt rods. My 7'6" 3 wt boo is perfect for these brookies.

It also gives you time to just kickback without the noise of cars or people. After I took this photo Taty and I took a couple of hours to just ride around and enjoy the scenery. She was competitive in Dressage and jumping in Germany, so leaping over deadfalls and rocks was something she fully enjoyed.

It's really nice to be in one of the most visited National Parks in America and have a place to fish and relax with friends in an area few tourists will ever see.



Hey! This is a no horse thread!! :p

(anyone can ride a horse away from the popular spots... the trick is avoiding other anglers without the use of a hay-burner :))


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the trick is avoiding other anglers without the use of a hay-burner :))
I find that wildly swinging a heavily weighted articulated streamer around with an 8 wt screaming "yee haw, this here's just like bass fishin'" tends to get other anglers to give you some space. :eek:

I'm guessing if we compare the injuries I've sustained from equine "unscheduled dismounts" to your motorcycle mishaps, we'd come out about the same . . .



I'm guessing if we compare the injuries I've sustained from equine "unscheduled dismounts" to your motorcycle mishaps, we'd come out about the same . . .

You would be correct. The difference is that you don't need to feed an off road motorcycle when it isn't working :D

(hang in there folks, I'll get back to more YNP photos eventually )


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Sorry for the temporary and ancillary sidetrack, but Gene has thrown me a challenge.

You would be correct. The difference is that you don't need to feed an off road motorcycle when it isn't working :D
True but will your motorcycle,
1. take you back to camp in a blizzard whiteout when you are turned around and can't find your butt with both hands?
2. wake you up at night if predators are in camp?
3. swim you across swollen rivers?
4. refuel by itself in the back country?
5. become a trusted companion?



We're now so far off the original thread I'm not so sure there's much point in continuing what I was doing. It wasn't meant as a horse VS non horse debate for fishing YNP.

If someone else wishes to post their photos from YNP and the surrounding area, that is fine with me.

We'll use this as a YNP photos thread.


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Okay, here's a good fly fishing in YNP photo:

I'll stop defending horses now even though they are obviously far superior to motorcycles.



Dang... I lost the last post so I need to start over. Here's the last part:

Two elk 2 00_edited-1.jpg

Elk 1_edited-1.jpg

Moose 3.jpg

Fire Hole_edited-1.jpg

Thunder MT 00.jpg

Mammoth Springs 4_edited-1.jpg

Mammoth Spring 2_edited-1.jpg

YNP 1_edited-2.jpg

Eventually, Virginia gave up the book on the bank bit and started fishing:

Lamar 3_edited-1.jpg

Gin on Lamar 7_edited-1.jpg

Gin with fish on_edited-1.jpg

Gin on Lamar 5_edited-1.jpg

YNP cutt 2_edited-1.jpg

YNP cutt in net 2_edited-1.jpg

Gin with cutt in net_edited-1.jpg

Gin with cutt 4_edited-1.jpg

There's a spot within 15 minutes of West Yellowstone where we normally spent the last hours of the day:

YNP fly fishing only_edited-1.jpg

Brown trout_edited-1.jpg

GT with Brown 2_edited-1.jpg

GT with Brown_edited-1.jpg

And of course, there are rivers to fish outside of YNP:

Three Buck Bridge 00.jpg

Rock fighting fish a_edited-1.jpg

Rock with fish in net 2 a_edited-1.jpg

GT with Brown close_edited-1.jpg


That's all, folks. The actual slide show will be much, much longer (a ton of scenery shots) but you get the idea. Like I said at the beginning, I sure miss those yearly trips to YNP this time of year.

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