Slough Creek Plans Put on Ice Until 2021

by | Oct 31, 2020 | fly fishing Yellowstone Park

flyfishing-YellowstoneI got home late last night after a lovely day fishing with the Bruun’s but it didn’t stop me from getting up early this morning for Granny’s and my jaunt to Yellowstone Park.  The forecast for our weekend is unreal with temperatures in the 50°s and clear skies.  We caught the sunrise over the backside of the Tetons as we weaved our way up my favorite road – Route 32.

 

Slough-CreekGranny and I were on a mission to fish a few of our beloved Yellowstone haunts.  The waterway we love most is Slough Creek.  This little gem of a river gets hit so hard in the summer we haven’t been in years.  But it’s extremely late in the season so we felt we’d be safe to go.  Lo and behold, we had Slough all to ourselves.  But that’s because the winding meadow stream was frozen!

 

yellowstoneLast weekend we suffered horrible weather with snow and cold in Victor.  Up here in the Park it was far worse and temperatures dropped to minus 10°.  Yes, you heard me right – 10 below zero!  -10°F!

 

slough-creekDespite my doubts of catching a fish, I gave Slough a try anyhow.  I carefully worked buggers through the ice channels.  The fish were nowhere to be found.  The attempt was beautiful nonetheless roaming with the buffalo.  Our Slough Creek highlight went from fishing to eating.  Granny grilled us up some delicious hotdogs on the stove.

 

Lamar-RiverI’m not one to give up and I dang sure wasn’t about to get skunked on day 1 of our little expedition.  While Slough meanders slowly with hardly any current in October, the main vein of Lamar Valley is the Lamar River.  The Lamar is larger and has some good current between the pools.  Though it was cold, it wasn’t frozen.

 

cutthroat-troutI broke out my 5-weight and put on a brown tungsten bead wooly bugger.  In Yellowstone flies can’t contain any lead but tungsten is legal.  I picked out a couple good runs on the Lamar and went to work.  The river was slightly off-color so I wasn’t so confident.

 

Well, good news.  Though things didn’t appear prosperous, I managed to catch five very nice Yellowstone Cutties from the Lamar.  The day was saved.

 

fish-MontanaOur original plan was to camp outside Cooke City, MT tonight but we’ve ended up on the mountainside overlooking Gardner, Montana.  Everything was closed in Cooke and the lonely town was buried in snow and too frigid cold for camping.  It’s going to be cold here also but not nearly as bad.  We usually don’t camp into November but this is an unusual year.  Tomorrow we’ll fish the Yellowstone River and Lewis Lake.

 

Jeff Currier Global Fly Fishing

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I started fly fishing at age 7 in the lakes and ponds of New England cutting my teeth on various sunfish, bass, crappie and stocked trout. I went to Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, where I graduated with a Naturalist Degree while I discovered new fishing opportunities for pike, muskellunge, walleyes and various salmonids found in Lake Superior and its tributaries.

From there I headed west to work a few years in the Yellowstone region to simply work as much as most people fish and fish as much as most people work. I did just that, only it lasted over 20 years working at the Jack Dennis Fly Shop in Jackson, WY where I departed in 2009. Now it’s time to work for "The Man", working for myself that is.

I pursue my love to paint fish, lecture on every aspect of fly fishing you can imagine and host a few trips to some of the most exotic places you can think of. My ultimate goal is to catch as many species of fish on fly possible from freshwater to saltwater, throughout the world. I presently have taken over 440 species from over 60 countries!

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