Fishing

Trout en Papillote recipe, plus Wild Bison at Hebgen Lake

Buffalo Herd At Hebgen Lake

Group of wild bison at Hebgen Lake.

It wasn’t just trout and whitefish that I saw yesterday at Hebgen Lake. Here’s a picture of a group of about 15 wild buffalo that we saw while walking back. (Hebgen Lake is behind the trees).

It’s an amazing thing to be walking along a trail and suddenly see a group of buffalo and is good reason to visit Yellowstone National Park since you won’t see this anyplace else in the world. You can’t get into the park until Friday, but if you know where to go around West Yellowstone you’ll have a good chance of seeing some.

As for the fishing, it was a bit slow, but I managed to come up with a Rainbow Trout, and shared a Whitefish that a friend caught. We were using earthworms and pieces of corn that we’d cast out and let sink to the bottom of the lake.

Much of Hebgen Lake is still frozen, but the area around Horse Butte has open water.

I’m experimenting with recipes right now and like how this one turned out. It’s a nice change from frying, which so far for me is always too oily. Here’s how I made the trout pictured below. The recipe is a general guideline – you can experiment with the spices and vegetable mix.

Yellowstone Traders Trout en Papillote Recipe
1. pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
2. lay the fish filets on the top half of piece of parchment paper
3. sprinkle with salt, pepper and parsley flakes
4. slice the following and use them to cover the fish: a lemon, zucchini, carrots, celery, onion.
5. add a pat of butter and drizzle with olive oil
6. fold the parchement paper so it covers everything, then start at one edge and make many little folds until almost completely sealed and you just have one fold left.
7. pour some dry vermouth into the parchment packet through the hole
8. seal the parchment
9. put on a tray and cook for 15 minutes
Trout Paillote Recipe

Trout en Papillote

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Fishing with Bison Fiber Gloves

Fishing with Buffalo Fiber Gloves

This winter while ice fishing at Hebgen Lake, just outside of West Yellowstone, I wandered away from the poles to find a new place because nothing was biting.

At that moment my friend started yelling: “You’ve got a fish.”

I turned around and saw the pole tipping deep into the hole. I started running back yelling “reel him in.”

Just as I reached the hole my friend was pulling it out of the water. I could see the fish’s head and part of his body, when it happened: the line broke.

So I did what you would have done. I put my hands together and dived arms-first into the 12-inch wide hole. Up to my biceps in icy water I felt the fish, grabbed the fish, and hauled him out of the water.

In that situation you don’t have time to take off your gloves, and I had been wearing my bison fiber fingerless ones. I took them off, wrung out the water, and then slipped them back on.

I could tell they were heavier than normal, but it wasn’t uncomfortable wearing them. Something like cotton would have been sticky and soggy, but not these. In about five minutes with the breeze they were completely dry.

I’ve just added a page on my online store with more information about fly-fishing with these gloves – the season is almost here in Yellowstone. You can visit the page here, or head directly to my gloves section and order yours today.

Brown Trout caught with Bison Fiber Gloves

I cleaned this fish on-location in the snow while wearing my bison fiber fingerless gloves. They were as good as new after throwing them into the washing machine.

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March Fishing in West Yellowstone

It’s still March, but there’s been enough melt that those of you who want to fish, but don’t like hovering over an ice hole, can find some good spots around West Yellowstone.

Hebgen Lake, around the Horse Butte area, has open water and last week I caught a very nice brown trout casting with an earth worm while standing on the shore.

And, of course, the Madison River downstream of the Hebgen Lake Dam is open and I’ve been seeing many more fishermen there in the last week as the weather has improved.

Above is a video from yesterday in which I walked up the mountain across the highway from the Madison River at the bend just downstream of the dam. I noticed a couple of people fishing way down below and focused in on them, taking new shots as I made my way back to the highway.

This is a beautiful location and worth a drive when visiting West Yellowstone, even if you don’t fish. Just find a place to pull over and start walking. Here’s a Google Map showing where I shot the video, and the route to get there starting from my store location:

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