I got a new lens and it’s really big.  Funny how this can sometimes vault one back into taking pictures and seeing things in a new light.   Now, when I’m on the scene with other photographers, my lens is almost as big as theirs……

Later this morning, I am headed to Lamar Valley on a four day photo tour with Henry Holdsworth, of Jackson, Wyoming.  Henry leads multiple photo tours through YNP every winter and hires Yellowstone Alpen Guides to help him out.  If you’re wanting to learn about your DSLR and visit YNP to take photos, he is one of the best.

YNP – otters

These four river otters have been quite active thus far this winter season on the Yellowstone River at Chittenden Bridge.  The elevated view allows for great photographs and viewing of these curious animals.  On one occasion, we watched them dive down, surface back up to the ice and eat stone fly nymphs – that was pretty cool.

2013 – A Thank You

First off, Happy New Year from West Yellowstone, Montana.

The past 12 months was filled with wonderful memories on and off the river.  Thanks to those of you who diligently return to fish with Big Sky Anglers each season, and to those first timers who trust in our word, we continue to thrive in this competitive fly fishing world.   With out the support of you – the reader, the traveling angler and our own families, BSA would not exist.   So, hats off to all of you!  We appreciate it more than you will ever know.

While sleeping sitting on the couch the past couple of days, I have been running through photos from the past year.  I picked a few…… I hope you enjoy.

Down, but not out….

We are five days into 2013 and I have been so busy, that not enough time has been spared to write much at all.   After recording nine straight of 10-12 hour days guiding in YNP, I contracted the bug. When the touristas arrive to view Yellowstone in all it’s splendor, they bring sickness with them.   Most of the local residents have come down with something and damn near all of us worked through the Holidays with a sniffle or a cough. With a visit to the clinic yesterday, I learned that nine different bugs have been brought in from out of town and that my chest of full of green shit.  Drugs are helping to fix this and I’m feeling better today already.

Hang tight as things will be back to normal here shortly!


YNP is has been open for almost a week. However, those which live with in the Park’s bounds, never knew it was closed.  The wolf below, infected with mange, has been cruising the roads from Mid Way Geyser Basin all the way north past Gibbon Falls.  With any luck, it won’t scratch itself to death and remove it’s much needed winter coat.   There are other wolves around the West side of the YNP as well and they took down an elk near Nine Mile Run.  This elk herd seems to be getting smaller each winter.  Some say it’s down to 100 animals, maybe less.

Starting this weekend, the Park will get cranking with winter visitors.  People come from all over the world to experience the wildness of YNP.  The world is lacking wildness.   Luckily, I get plenty of it.

The doors are almost open

Yellowstone’s Winter Season, over the snow, begins tomorrow.  We traveled in this morning, guides only, for a day with YNP personnel and a trip to Old Faithful.   This day provides us with the opportunity to break in new drivers, for the rules to be laid out once again and for the mechanics to test machines.  We listen to the Grey & Green present this years news regarding Park issues and eat lunch in the Visitor’s Center – FYI – no food or drink in the VC……except for today.

Our little red snow coaches, with Vortec engines, just so happen to be the most efficient way to transport visitors across the snowy landscape.  Don Perry is the man.  Not many know this feller outside of the Greater Yellowstone Area, but he just proved (once again) that his skills with a wrench are above all when it comes to building clean, quite, fuel efficient over the snow vehicles.  Don just might save the bombardiers from extinction.  YNP announced today that, per person, YAG’s bombardiers are top notch.  The big yellow Buffalo Bus came in second and the Ski-doo 4-stroke snowmobile came in third…..mind you that Yamaha sleds, and other types of Mattrack conversion rigs are in the mix as well, just on down the line.  In my humble opinion, tracked machines with skis are best.

Stay tuned for more reports from the interior of YNP.