Saturday, July 10, 2010
Fishing WIth Priests
We fished the Yellowstone yesterday on one of my favorite stretches of any river anywhere, The fish were happy, real happy to be exact. Just get the bugs in the water and let 'em drift, the fish will eat. That's how it was pretty much all day on Midnight Stones with a size 12 Lightning Bug dead drifted under an indicator. Got a few fish on buggers and worms too, but the bite was good enough to where there wasn't any real reason to mess around with the recipe. Biggest difference from what I expected was that we did better fishing to the banks all day, I had suspected that we could find some good numbers of fish out in on the flats and drop offs...but did best just throwing em towards the bank.
We were the only boat on the river fro a variety of reasons. This is the weekend of the big float from Livingston to Laurel with jet boats, canoes, rafts, horse troughs, pool toys...you name it they float it this weekend. We were below the chaos of the day. Ironically, the only two boats I came across were FWP guys hauling ass right towards were I was anchored in the main river channel. I had to wave them off to keep them from running right by me, so they swerved a little and didn't cut their speed until they had gone past. Ah the joy of watching waves just come up to the gunnel's on an anchored drift boat. Needless to say I was pissed...shaking in fact...I calmly told them this as they pulled up next to me to check my licenses and made a nice apology for not seeing us parked in the shade. Whatever...it's all cool and thank God I had a couple of priests with me or who knows what I would've said.
That particular warden has always been a very good guy to me, so I'm pretty sure it wasn't intentional or inattention. Just spooked me a little and then they pull up with a full on video crew filming interactions with the public...probably looked cool with my American flag buff wrapped up around my head and sunglasses on telling them they should be more careful and that I'm a little angry about the boat show. Ahh to be a kid again.