.............................Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park

03/13/09

I am calling this series Yellowstone Journals and Additional Information. It is a collection of a
rambling mixture of experiences on the streams with some notes, tips and additional
information thrown in. Some of this comes from my video tape logs (record of video shot)
and  notes made on my daily note books.

Fly Fishing the Lamar River - Part 2

Not every trip that we have made to the Larmar River turned out good. I will start
with one of the worst we have experienced. It was about four years ago during
the month of September. The color of everything had changed from green to a
beautiful golden color. There were fewer anglers than there are in late July and
August but the water in the areas of the river that is easily accessed has seen a
lot of pressure. The cutthroats are usually more difficult to catch later in the
season but it is still a wonderful time to fish the Larmar provided there hasn't
been any heavy rains up the huge valley. It can rain miles away and the weather
be clear and beautiful in the section of the valley accessible from the Northeast
Entrance Road when the water suddenly begins to rise and turns into a solid red
color. We have experienced that on a couple of occasions. This particular day I
am writing about did not have that problem. In fact the weather was very nice
and the water was beautiful.

We had been in other parts of Montana fishing the two prior weeks and had
arrived at Gardner the night before. Leaving early in the morning from Gardner,
we drove across the north part of the park and arrived at a particular area on
the Larmar that we had fished many times before. Angie was going to fish first
and I was going to run the camera. I lugged the heavy tripod and equipment
down to the stream and begin to set it up while she was wading into the stream.
This was one of her favorite spots in the park. She had caught many cutthroats
in that exact spot during several different previous years. I was kidding her,
telling her to hurry that the water may turn red any minute from rain up the
valley miles away. While I was running my mouth, she hooked a good size
cutthroat before I had finished setting up the camera on the tripod. Rushing to
finish, I failed to lock the camera down to the tripod correctly. One side was
locked and the far side away from me was not locked. I reached down to level
the legs and watched the camera fall three feet or so and land on a rock. I
desperately tried to catch it. When I picked it up, I knew our trip was over. It
broke the entire lens off the camera. She landed the trout and climbed back out
of the water with a angry look on her face. We loaded up and headed back to
Gardner. Yes, we had back up cameras. Two as a matter of fact. For the first
time ever, we did not take one along on our trip with us. In fact, we didn't even
leave anyone a key to get into our house in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There was
no way we could have anyone ship one from our home to us.

It was a long way back to Gardner. It was a long way home and we were
planning on staying into October a few days. It was a long way to New York, but
it only took a few thousand dollars and one day to get another camera. You
cannot buy 3 chip cameras in regular camera stores. Federal Express is
wonderful, or is it? I often wonder. We lost that day and the next waiting on the
camera to arrive. I am sure we are probably the only ones in the world that
would have stopped fishing just because we didn't have a video camera. Never
again will we ever go on a trip without a backup camera. We had taken one with
us for years and never used it. I guess it was just time to stop and be thankful all
the luck we had for those previous years.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh
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