Memorial Day Flies

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Lt Colonel USAF Retired, Bozeman, Montana

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere aren’t any flies that are especially good for Memorial Day fishing over and above a good woolly bugger or elk hair caddis. But Kate at J. Stockard challenged me to tie a few red, white and blue numbers for this Memorial Day blog. The challenge, which I accepted was made a tad difficult as I was out of town on business until the Friday before Memorial Day. I knew what I wanted to tie, but wasn’t home to do it. As I woke up on Friday morning after a week of travel, I took a quick inventory of the red, white and blue materials in my fly tying stash and noted a number of missing ingredients. A quick trip to the fly shop was in order. $50 later I was at the bench. The trip to the fly shop did have additional benefits because I needed my 2016 Yellowstone license for the season which starts on Saturday. When Memorial Day comes around it marks the kickoff of the Yellowstone season.  I was also able to catch up on the status of a few rivers.

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Memorial Day on the Firehole

Dawn on the Firehole
Dawn on the Firehole

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

For the last seven years, I’ve fished the Firehole River on the third day of the Yellowstone National Park fishing season. That day is always Memorial Day. I will continue to do so as long as I am able, eschewing parades and other celebrations as I much prefer to appreciate Memorial Day in solitude. The first weeks of the Yellowstone season see a lot pressure put on the Firehole because it comes into shape early, is easily accessible and is full of hungry fish feeding on great caddis and blue wing hatches. On Saturday and Sunday of the opening weekend finding some solitude can be challenging. Such is not the case in the early hours of Memorial Day. For some reason, the crowds just don’t materialize on Monday morning.

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