Welcome to the newest addition to our Fly Zone blog, Yellowstone Country Chronicles – A Fly Fishing Journal! When you have talented writers on staff, and they want to write…! Follow along as James Mugele (and occasionally one of the rest of us) chronicles his day-to-day experiences fishing the Yellowstone River and other area waters. Purists beware, the guys just love to fish, and they’re almost as happy ice fishing for burbot with maggots as they are stripping streamers for big brown trout on the ‘Stone. Good for them; the world has more than enough snobs! Take it away, James! Buckle up, folks, your journey begins now…!
“I have recently finished a book called Time on the Water by Bill Gardner- essentially a fishing journal about a man’s quest for “Moby Musky” recorded in day to day accounts. So I thought it might be fun to try my own version- the search for my “Tyrannosaurus Trout” by exploring Yellowstone’s famous watersheds. He’s out there somewhere. I got close this past March, and landed a 26” hybrid Rainbow/Cutthroat Trout on the Yellowstone River. A true river monster, wild and old. But somehow I find myself, more than ever, wanting something bigger. Probably because I’ve been reading too much about Musky. I am picturing a 30+” male Brown Trout. A fish this old living in the Yellowstone River would practically be a dinosaur. With a big kyped-up hook jaw, and rows of tiny teeth, he would be a serious predator, one that can’t be landed on your average 5 wt trout rod. I don’t know when the last 30” trout was taken on this river, but I know it won’t be easy. Honestly, it will be mostly luck, and being at the right place at the exact moment that big fish is hungry. I just need to spend more time on the water I guess. And what a perfect place to start this new journey, on the day I was born. Twenty something years ago…”