On our second full day, we headed for the Hellroaring Trailhead.
Fireweed and Groundsel
? Duncecap Larkspur ?
We walked about a mile through beautiful wildflowers to the Hellroaring Bridge.
After crossing this suspension bridge over the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone, we hiked upstream along the Yellowstone River to a likely looking fishing spot. The salmon fly hatch is an important July food supply for cutthroat trout. The flies are up to 3 inches long. To the trout, this is a full meal deal.
The hatch was over in this area and most of the salmon flies were gone, but the fish still showed considerable interest in an imitation.
This Yellowstone cutthroat trout was one of many that Steve caught and released that day.
Hiking the 3 miles or so back to the trailhead, we came upon an antler shed by an elk. We took a photo and left the antler there for the next hiker to find.