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Hooking Large Rainbows At 6 Degrees
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Hooking Large Rainbows At 6 Degrees !

Bob Kloskowski

Every year I look forward to the advent of Autumn in Yellowstone National Park for that season also brings with it the spawning brown and rainbow trout that migrate upstream to deposit their eggs in the cold, clean oxygenated waters that the Gibbon, Firehole and Madison River have to offer.
During the month of September and the first half of October fly fishers from around the world can be found in one of the many holes or holding lies that have become famous over the years in the 23 miles of Madison River within Yellowstone National Park. Hole's with names like Baker's Hole, the Barn's Pools #1,2, and 3, Cable Car Run, Big Bend, Nine-Mile Hole and Beaver Meadow's to name a few. While the rainbows and browns can be found in many other locations throughout the Madison River they seem to prefer these locations to rest on their journey upstream.
While the Madison occasionally yields a brown weighing over ten pounds, rainbows and browns that range from 16 to 20 inches are more common. It is this reason that also draws the throng of fly fishers to the Madison every autumn.
By mid-October the weather in Yellowstone National Park becomes almost unpredictable with the possibility of a sudden snow storm closing the park early on any day for several days at a time or even closing it for the season. It's during this time of the year when the early morning temperature's are hovering around zero or below that I have the Madison River pretty much to myself.
I recall one of these late autumn mornings in particular when the thermometer read 6 degrees as I prepared to wade into the Madison River. The river emitted a heavy fog as I watched my indicator drift through the run on my first cast. Before long the indicator disappeared and I was fast to a huge rainbow which took me into my backing. As he made his second run I realized that my reel was beginning to freeze. I started to dip my reel into the river to melt the ice on it and to free it up. Ice was also starting to build in my guides. If it became much worse I would need to dip the rod into the river as well I thought. After a few more short runs I was able to thaw my landing net and land that beautiful rainbow and several others that morning with the temperature never raising above 12 degrees.
 
 

 

 

 

 
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