Spent the past weekend traveling around Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding area. Every year about this time Jamie and I make a run north, spending a day or two in Yellowstone together before the summer gets nutty. This year we added to the getaway and drove over the Beartooth Pass, spending a night in Red Lodge, MT, before returning through the Lamar Valley and Mammoth Hot Springs.
We had a great time, and in addition seeing lots of wildlife and cool country, we also managed some hiking and fishing. We hiked to two lakes in Yellowstone. One skunked me. I saw plenty of fish, but, save one, they wanted nothing to do with my flies. Too make matters worse, thunderstorms rolled in and forced us to retreat down the mountain.
The lake we fished today though treated us much better. We decided on a lake that holds Grayling; a rare treat for a fly angler. I've been fortunate to have caught grayling before (there are some accessible lakes around if you know where to go), but I'm always excited to pursue this rare Salmonid. After a good hike, I strung up my rod and began casting. As you can see from the pictures below, a few fish were caught.
One of several Grayling fooled today with a leech pattern
Jamie standing along a small spawning stream. No, we didn't fish the stream, just observed.
Close up of some of the many spawning grayling in this tiny stream. It was really cool to walk this stream that was all of 3 feet wide at its widest point; like a big aquarium. It's finds like this that make backcountry fishing so cool!
Close up of another fish.