April 24, 2010

Fishing on the Fly
by Gary J. Junco

Fly fishing is a distinct and ancient angling method which uses flies that are cast with a special fishing rod and line. Flies are made by tying hair, fur, feathers or other materials, natural and synthetic, onto a hook with thread. The fly line is heavy enough in order to send the fly to the target. Fly fishing can be thought of a method for casting line rather then lure.

Gary is one of a group of 35 current and former Sr. Execs from all sectors of the Oil industry; including Exploration, service companies, rig companies and refineries. They all travel to Yellowstone National Park Memorial weekend for the opening weekend of trout season on Yellowstone Lake. Sometimes icy, often snowy, this lake performs very well in the cold conditions of the early season.

Gary says, “the cutthroat trout is native to the lake and all fishing is catch and release using barbless hooks. Unfortunately, in the 20 years that I have been attending, someone introduced the larger predatory lake trout and this has severely reduced the cutthroat population. Anyone catching a lake trout is required to kill it”

“We fish near the outlet of the lake which is in a wilderness area and it is not uncommon to see deer, elk, moose and the occasional bear while fishing, Gary continues”

The yellow building used to be called the Roosevelt Lodge and was later changed to Yellowstone Lodge. ( The group of Oilmen has been coming to this area for over 60 years. There are presentation pins given at 25 and 35 years and a couple of years ago, the park presented us with a plaque for the group with the longest continuously running annual attendance.

Gary has been fly fishing in Alaska, where one literally shares the streams with bears while fihing for large rainbow trout. He once drove from Texas to Northern British Columbia to fish the Horse Fly River, also for the rainbow species. However, the river was at flood stage so he fished a few mountain lakes before heading back to the US to fish the Madison and Jefferson Rivers and Henry’s Fork on the way home. He has also experienced “fishing the Mecca” off the eastern shore of Long Island during the stripped bass migration and in the Florida Keys to add saltwater fly fishing to his list.