Friday, August 28, 2015

Smokey Montana

Getting A Few Fish On The Gallatin 

The past few weeks Montana has scene an upswing in forest fires. As a result the awesome mountain views I was blessed with for the first few weeks have gone away. Each morning you get to wake up to the smell of forest fire and the distant views are clouded in a plume of smoke.
Don connecting with a solid stone brown 
Paradise Valley

I've been fishing for a few hours here and there, and put my first full day in on the Yellowstone this past Thursday. This river is officially kicking my butt. I did get to move a few good browns but nothing would commit to my streamer. Hopper fishing has been non-existent for me so far. The water temps were slightly high for a few weeks but recently came down after a few cold nights. The only thing I have figured out so far out here is how to slay whitefish lol. Hopefully in the coming weeks to trout turn back on and I can finally score a good Yellowstone 2 footer.....

Small Stream With Good Structure 

Sunday, August 9, 2015


A Great Yellowstone Cutthroat 

I finally started work this week and things have been going great. I've been extremely busy but that hasn't stopped me from getting out on the water a few times. Finally got some action on a hopper today, and the reward was some awesome Yellowstone Cutthroats. The wife and I have been logging some serious vertical as of late too.....our East Coast legs are getting a workout!

Awesome Views Right Outside The Back Door 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Catching Fish Here And There

Spotted these guys on my drive to the stream today

There's so much water out here to fish, it's making my mind spin! I've been trying to hit different waters each time I go out. Most of the time this is just a 2-3 hour thing early in the morning. The fishing has been solid, only 1 morning has stuck out to me as being slow. Each new stream presents it's own new challenges but I'm having a fun time trying to figure things out. Even if the learning curve has been slow for me....the scenery has been top-notch.
Awesome sunrise over the mountains

One disappointing thing so far is I haven't had any dry fly action. I'm thinking this is mostly due to the time of day I am fishing. Maybe next week I'll get to fish in the evening after work a night to see if bugs are popping.

Got into some consistent fishing for bigger fish today

50 mile riffle......where are they laying! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Exploring New Water

Low Numbers But Good Quality

Pristine Setting

As most of you already know, I moved to Bozeman last week. From a fishing standpoint it doesn't get much better. There are so many miles of quality trout water it can make your head spin. I started off exploring some water really close to home and it was very good for smaller fish. Later in the week I ventured into some of the bigger water and was rewarded with a good fish. I had to change my tactics when fishing the bigger water but it was a fun change. I didn't get into any dry fly fishing yet, I'm hoping I can huck some hoppers soon.
Small Water But Good Fishing

Being surrounded by the mountain ranges out here is really special, add in all the wild trout and you have yourself a trout paradise. I hope to continue to explore new water each time I go out in the next few weeks. It already snowed so fall isn't too far off in these parts........
Lower Gallatin 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Stress Reliever

Stress Reliever 
The past few weeks have been a whirl wind for me. After coming home from an Epic Vacation in Central PA my life turned upside down. A few crazy things happened at work and now I'm moving to Bozeman Montana in a few days. Not a bad place to end up but stressful to say the least. I needed to clear my head this morning and wet a line. Options were tough to come by, most of our waterways are high......that seems to be the theme of 2015.
Look at those markings! 

One place was flowing good even with the rains, I ventured out at 5:30 am in hopes to fool some feisty wild browns and brookies. This place didn't disappoint. The fishing was lights out for the 4 hours I was there. I always do well when flows are higher then normal here. Fishing close to the banks with my Tight-Line rig is the way to go. The best part was I had the entire stream to myself. Good Times.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Timing Things Right

Impressive Size This Year 
Timing Things Right 
Wild Brown 

Blizzard Sulphur Spinner 
Andy Scoring A Fatty 

Timing things right in the world of fly fishing can be a hard task to complete. Anglers only have so much time to dedicate to the sport, so when the opportunity presents itself to get out on the water, each and everyone of us hopes for the best conditions possible. That doesn't happen often. Too much sun, too little water, too many people or a nasty thunderstorm can ruin your day quickly.
Dad Working On His Drift 

Well the Grobe Family had an 8 day fishing excursion planned recently and let me tell you......we timed it RIGHT! Cool temperatures, overcast skies and low water created an epic scene that will go down as one of the best fishing vacations of our lives.
Found This Guy Right Off A Log 

From snakes to 20+ inch trout, the days were filled with so much excitement I didn't know where the time went. All 8 days feel like a jumbled blur now. All I can tell you is the fish rose to mayflies and ate subsurface so frequently that our numbers were downright silly at times. Add in the impressive browns that were netted and we got everything you could ask for.
My Favorite Catch Of The Trip 

The Slate Drakes and #14 BWO'S came off in the afternoon and had fish looking to the surface. A few extremely productive patterns under the surface racked in big numbers for us the entire trip. We tried to shy away from the crowds and that proved to be a very rewarding move.

Time to let the pictures tell the rest of the story:


Beast From The East

Early Morning Fish

Laying Near The Bank

Swift Water Score

Murky Water Helped The Fishing

Can't Get Enough Of These Wild Browns

Epic For Sure! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Crowds Galore

Sparsely Spotted Wild Brown

The bugs are hatching and the crowds are out. Add in the extremely low water and you have yourself a circus on the regulated waters in our state. I ventured up to a favorite limestoner this past weekend and was taken back by the number of fisherman that were out. Oh well, you can either deal with it or explore other waterways, I chose to do a little of both.

The water felt extremely warm for this time of year, add in the low water and 80 degree temperatures and I felt like I was fishing in July. We still caught fish but not in the numbers that we had hoped for. The bugs were solid, especially at night. March Browns, March Brown Spinners, Sulphurs and Tan Caddis were present in good enough numbers that we expected some decent dry fly action. That wasn't the case. Only a few small fish rose throughout the evening......disappointing to say the least.

We are in the midst of a cool spell right now, wish I was able to fish this entire week. I'm hoping the cool nights stick around as long as possible, we have a big trip planned for the end of the month.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Heat Wave

My best fish of the trip 

Taking a page out of the Troutbitten handbook.....Grobe Anglers Gay Double Selfie

Yep, that's what I call it. HEAT WAVE.  It's very abnormal to have  4 straight days of high 80's in the early part of May, but that's what us PA fisherman have been dealing with lately. I think Mother Nature decided to just skip out on spring all together this year. It feels like only yesterday when I was complaining about low water and frozen streams. Then runoff set in and our flows were very high for a few weeks. Now we rushed into the dog days of summer and stream temperatures are WAY above normal. I took took the temperature of a famous limestoner today and it read 64 degrees at 8 am this morning. We need some cooler night time temperatures badly.
Seeking out those shallow riffles

Even though the elements haven't been ideal, my family and I still managed to get out on some waterways the past few days. My local favorite has been fishing extremely slow to start of the year so there's not much to report there. I've put in a few decent day's and don't have much to show for it.
Caddis Larva Taking Fish Regularly On This Trip 
Andy getting it done in the pocket water 

 We hit up a few limestoners that fished pretty well even in the sun and heat. The tan caddis came off in solid numbers but the fish still seem to be ignoring this surface meal. Everyone's favorite hatch, The Sulphur, has started but also hasn't provided much action mid-day. I haven't been around for the spinner fall but I got some reports of good fishing at dusk.
Rising fish fell victim to a PT 
Close up

Most of our luck is still coming under the surface with various may fly nymph's and Caddis imitations. Making sure your flies "Tick" off the bottom has been and continues to be essential if you want to score some good numbers. The trout seem to really be congregating in shallow riffles for an easy meal, at least those are the trout willing to eat on a daily basis. The classic runs that we all love haven't produced very well for me lately. Hopefully this weather will stabilize a little bit in the next few weeks. We have a 9 day fishing vacation planned for the end of the month......keeping our fingers crossed conditions don't deteriorate on us.
Good size of fish for today's outing

Monday, May 4, 2015

Loyalhanna Fishing Report 5-3-15

Decided to hit some bait water today, had to get out and enjoy the sun this weekend. Hit the water above Ligonier, and was surprised to do very well. Picked up about a dozen. Not sure who, but some organization has really done some great work above the 711 bridge, adding tons of structures that should hold fish through the summer. Not much happening on top, but saw the first few March Browns of the season hatching. Prince Nymphs and Green Weenies were the ticket this afternoon. Looking forward to some night hatches up here in a week or two.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Exploring New Water

Billy's Birthday Present

My brother, dad and I went exploring on some new water this past weekend. The usual destinations still had too much water in them for our liking. This presented the perfect chance for us to get out of our comfort zone and explore some less visited waterways. Our first stop was a 15-20 foot wide ditch. This area consisted of tight casting quarters but good holding water and feisty wild brown trout. The water was high and just a touch off color, I think this benefited us though as we were able to get very close to the fish without spooking them. Nymphing the deeper runs proved to be ticket as trout came to hand frequently enough to make the time go by quickly. It's tough for 3 guys to fish such small water, but we made the best of it and will return in the future.
Fishing In God's Country

Not A Bad Idea.......

Small Feeder Provided Fun Fishing
The next stop was another smaller stream, but slightly bigger then the first. The water was the same but we got some bugs this time. Grannoms, black stones and blue quills came off in decent numbers. The fish didn't take notice but once again the fishing for small wild brown trout under the surface proved to be successful. After a brief preview of this stream we traveled to the headwaters of a more famous river system. This water rarely gets talked about, and doesn't see much pressure after the first few weeks of trout season. But it holds it's own and represents the headwaters of this famous stream very well. A mix bag of stockies and wild browns fell victim to our nymphing techniques. The day wasn't a huge numbers day but we managed to uncover a few real gems that will provide opportunites for us in the future.
A Solid Fish After Many Mini's 

Our next stop was a very famous freestone river. We had our sights set on the Hendrickson hatch but that never materialized. I think the recent cold spell really put these fish on the bottom. So we stuck to our nymph's and managed to get into some fish, but nothing to brag about. In the late afternoon we visited another small freestoner that was a big disappointment. The state started stocking fish in this stream and it has really put a hurting on it's wild trout population....what a shame.
Feisty Wild Brown

Sorting Out Wild Fish From Stocked Fish
Our last destination for the trip proved to fish very similar to everything else this trip. Sporadic bugs, a few fish and nymph fishing. We did manage to bag a few good ones though, which was nice after the plethora of smaller fish we got the day's prior. I think this week will be really good all across the state. Flows are finally getting to normal and bugs should be popping off heavily. If you are lucky enough to be on the water this week it should bring you great fishing. Tight Lines......

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

There's Always Somewhere To Fish

There are certain things that annoy me in life. Other people, the Ravens, the Flyers, Spin Fisherman, Bait Fisherman...yep....all annoying. But nothing annoys me more then when my plans get screwed up because of weather. I'm an optimistic person, but I battle with my optimism when stream flows aren't somewhat manageable. The days leading up to my excursion on the water were filled with thoughts of big fish and high numbers. The drive down was no different, but as I rounded the turn and the stream came into sight, my eternal optimism got sucker punched by Mother Nature.......
Class IV White Water 

While rigging up I tried to push the annoyance away. Mentally, I started rehearsing the game plan for the day. High Stick the calm water breaks near the bank, and if you can....midstream structure. That's where fish will be in these high flows. My optimism punched back and I was ready to show Mother Nature a Latrobian doesn't back down from challenges. Eager and willing to get my ass beat by the raging water, I got to work. The first section of water produced a few fish in the likely holding lies. A few on the bank, and a few behind big boulders. It took me about an hour and a half to properly fish the section of water that was only a few hundred yards long. My optimistic outlook was paying off. Then.....the flows went up. I notice right away while fishing the next section. The pocket water turned into class IV whitewater. Mother Nature had another round in her. And the eternal optimist backed down and walked away feeling defeated.
There's Always Somewhere To Fish

I could of called it quits for the day, but a small feeder stream popped into the corner of my eye and I decided to give it a try.  What would seem to be a small trickle in the summer months now resembled a decent size freestone stream. A quick walk up the trail and I stumbled across a nice plunge pool. I crouched down and threw my nymph's to the top of the run. Wham! It wasn't a 20 inch wild brown trout, but the small native brookie that came to hand felt just as rewarding. A few more fish were taken with nymph's, but that wasn't what today was about. Today was about staying ahead of Mother Nature and not letting her knock you out. No matter how hard it rains, or how muddy the streams get.......there's always somewhere to fish.
Mountain Stream Native