The Snag Hole
Word is the new offices will be decorated with colorful outdoor artwork,...leaping rainbows and cruising brown trout. As the new owners of the Hebgen Dam, they promise to bring us good flows of river water to the Madison and happy trout for all.
With all those hard hats behind us, how can we lose?
THE MEETING WAS HELD AT EL WESTERN RESORT CONFERENCE CENTER, ENNIS, MT, 4/29/14...6PM...hosted by Brent Mabbott of PP&L, open to the public... TOPICS DISCUSSED AND PRESENTED AS FOLLOWS:
1. Fish work, electroshocking results, trout population estimates, Pine Butte, Varney and Norris sections of Madison River.
2. Madison River flows in 2013, 2014 compared to past years and projections.
3. Pulse flow data from every year 2000-2007, 2009-2013.
4. Status of building a fish barrier on Upper Cabin Ck.
5. Flushing flows/objectives, 2014 snow pack readings, sites/redd surveys.
6. Water temperature data from Madison R, history and comparisons...Pat Clancy.
7. Flow releases from Hebgen Res. 10%-30%...reasons and limitations.
8. Update on PP&L sale to NorthWestern Energy.
9. Hebgen Dam repair...progress and projections.
We lost a giant yesterday. Peter loved the Madison and he loved to fish, but mostly he liked to hang with fishing guide types and listen to the wind. Read about his incredible, interesting and adventurous life and you will be left amazed, as I was, to know him...he did so much...he left a lot of tracks. RIP.
I found this excellent history of tarpon flies written by Pat Ford. Some good stuff in here...
My yellow mouse home-tie tarpon fly
hook - Mustad 9175 short shank or Owner Aki 5170 or 5370...3/0, 2/0, 1/0...Gamakatsu SC17 and SL12S are also excellent tarpon fly hooks.
butt - yellow maribou
tail - stubby yellow saddle, splayed or married (fat base, fast taper hackle..don't use the long, thin stuff), add a bit of pearl Krystal Flash
head - spun, clipped Mule Deer hair
eyes - bead chain, hollow
This fly is designed to be fished shallow, just under the surface...great for laid up fish in the backcountry. Tarpon eyes look up...they will see it!
Have also caught permit and snook on this fly.
The main thing is...how does the fly look wet?...how it acts in the water is all that matters, not how it looks in your fly box or vise.
As tarpon get harder to fool these days, the trend is to smaller hooks, skinny flies and lighter shock tippets.