Into the “Weeds”

As anglers, we spend a lot of time observing our surroundings. We look at the water, the weather, insects, fish, flowers, other animals—it’s a long list. But another element comes to mind that seems always to go overlooked and underappreciated—the aquatic plants. Yes, I’m referring to the “weeds” that inhabit many of our most productive trout waters. (Weeds, in the true sense of the word, they’re not.) The Yellowstone area is blessed with great variety of these aquatics, and I thought it might be interesting to have a look at some of them. After all, they play significant roles in the quality of our fisheries. I also find them to be quite beautiful (even when my flies catch on them or a hooked fish effects escape by diving headlong into them).

Northern Arrowhead (Sagittaria cuneata)

Pondweed (Potamogeton sp., possibly natans)

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