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I've been to Yellowstone nearly half a dozen times.
I am fascinated by it all
the paint pots and fumaroles

Decided to take Anya out there (she's never been a witness to how awesome the park is.)

We're going to truck camp in the Alvord desert on the first night
as we head east we'll probably check out Boise Id. for an afternoon

then off to lefty's cabins in Ketchum Id... (They plowed them down 20 years ago.)
We'll visit Hemingway's memorial on the creek

probably camp out near copper basin (used to hammer sage hens and cutthroat out there.)

Then we'll drive through the town of Arco Id... You know you are in Arco when you see the cliffs from the north and your geiger counter bounces off the mark.


From there we'll follow the snake river upstream
cross the mountains when we get to the tetons (we'll cross from the southwest and check out the gros ventre river area for a spell.)


I got my first pocket knife in Jackson back in 1981.
I still have it in my pocket.

Probably hit the silver dollar,
I ain't a drinking man,
but I might have a pint there

I am pretty fired up about the whole endeavor

We're going to "stop and drop" at campsites when we are in the Park. It'll be after labor day, so we should be ok.


I hooked up the truck with a heavy cargo box hauler on the back
going to take the .357 with hard cast gas checked 180's for my sidearm.

I'm going to give the bear spray to Anya (Cause she's got a real temper.)



125 Ah 12V
1000 watt inverter
grounded
120 watt panel on top


camp stove

a gallon of white gas

some tire plugs and fix a flat
lots of lights and cables and cords

nice new jerry can spray painted camo (5 gal) locked to the edge of the battle wagon


I am uncertain if I should take my flyrod.


What do you think?





Don't just do something, Stand there!

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todd tennyson: Aug 20, 2017, 8:37 PM
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Todd:

Definitely bring the fly rod. PM me if you like and I can share what worked for me fishing last year.

I'd be cautious about thinking you can find a campsite after Labor Day. We were in the park last year in mid September and most campgrounds were still full. That's not true outside the park, where remote sites on the National Forests are always open.

I'll be back this year from Sept 3-12, so if your trip is after that I can share up-to-date info.

The good news this year (so far) is no fires in the park. Lots in other parts of Montana and Wyoming, but so far the park has no fires and has been getting regular thunderstorms to keep things a little less dry.

Jeff

"At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant."
Aldo Leopold
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Sounds like a great trip!!!! JEALOUS!!!!! Take the flyrod, even if you don't use it! I have had an easy time some years, and a more difficult time other years after Labor day.... Slough Creek in the Lamar Valley is my favorite campgound.

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I agree with Phil about Slough Creek Campground. Last year it was closed by the fires. Nearby is another nice site with no hook ups or showers--Pebble Creek Campground.

Both are first-come first served with no reservations. Pebble was full last year when we were there, but I'm told it's easier to get sites there (and Slough) later in the fall.

Here's a cutthroat from last fall. Can't remember if this one came from Slough Creek or Soda Butte.
https://www.flickr.com/...m-72157670627453423/

And a photo of another angler just before he "hooked up".


https://www.flickr.com/...m-72157670627453423/

"At first blush I am tempted to conclude that a satisfactory hobby must be in large degree useless, inefficient, laborious, or irrelevant."
Aldo Leopold
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Years ago, I gad good luck on the lamar river below the boulder gorge. Caught a bunch of 20 incher Cutts, but they were used to being caught and just rolled and didn't fight much. I did catch a couple of rainbows which absolutely tore ass up and down and all over. If I recall correctly, the cutts need to be released, but you can take a bow home for dinner.





Don't just do something, Stand there!
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Managed to dig up a 10ft 4wt graphite 2 piece rod, boy, it seems really whippy.

I also yound a 9 ft 4 wt lamiglass. It seems considerably more sincere.


I think I will opt for the shorter of the two.


Now that a rod reel and flies will be involved, I'd probably better make sure I bring Anya's good cast iron skillett





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Glad to see you decided to take your fly rod. I can't imagine going without mine. I too love the Lamar River and you can't go wrong anywhere there. I also like the hike to the Lewis River channel. There is a nice sand spit sticking out into Lewis lake, and if you're patient, you might find a big brown trout or two. Lots of bears in that area though.
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I've always loved fishing the Firehole. Lots of geothermal features to marvel at, not many bears, just keep an eye out for bison. Lucky you!
Gary