Monday, May 11, 2015
RIVERS LOW AND SLOW
Cooling Helps For Now
town streets are a real mess
|WALLPAPER: DOWNTOWN WEST YELLOWSTONE|
.. Fishers know that there are ways around the congestion -- no matter what. They will join the faithful on the opening of fishing in Yellowstone National Park.
.. The Firehole River is running low below Old Faithful. It's at seasonal norms above Old Faithful. It has not colored up at all (Link 1, Link 2.)
.. The Madison River is cold clear and low. Bring it on. Caddis are everywhere and the fish are frolicking in the sun and shade.(Link 3.)
.. More to come after this week's rains and sleet. And the grass gets more green!
|WALLPAPER: GEESE AND GREEN GRASS|
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
BANK FULL COMING
Cool Rains Cause Blips
grass gaining color and length
|WALLPAPER: NEZ PERCE CREEK AT THE BRIDGE|
.. The ameliorating effect of cold water from Nez Perce Creek has not yet made it's presence known in the Firehole River.
|OLD FAITHFUL WATER HOUSE|
.. Above Old Faithful the Firehole River is running clear and cold at it's seasonal norms and the temperature is in the "perfect" range: 46°F - 54°F.
.. Below Old Faithful near West Yellowstone the Firehole River is still in it's pre runoff warm phase. Temperatures have already spiked to 70°F. Currently it is spiking to 68°F and discharge is about 50cfs below seasonal norm.
.. The near term weather forecast is calling for continued unseasonable warming with only scattered cool rains. Spring snows have been light and fleeting. We're keeping an eye out.
.. There have been both mayfly and caddis sightings on the Firehole River. This year Spring was early, Winter was gentle, and Summer is racing to meet us.
.. Stay out of the water between the lakes.
|WALLPAPER: FIREHOLE CATTAILS AT OLD FAITHFUL|
Sunday, April 19, 2015
RARE BLUEBIRD DAY
bugs and noses at the surface
|WALLPAPER: MT. HAYNES|
.. The large fauna, (save for the bison,) have already started to move out of the river valleys and there are enough green grass shoots for grazing geese.
.. The west side rivers are at their low pre-runoff discharge levels. Water levels at the bank are below the grass. Mud, erosion, and silt plumes are not apparent. "Clear And Cold" is the local vernacular for this stage.
.. Discharge rates on the Madison River are currently at about the median for the season but have fluctuated widely based on local rain. Minimums have dipped to over 100 cfs below median on occasion. Temperatures are high and have reached 65° F.
.. The Madison River is, at present, slow enough to have braided foam lines in mid stream and scum slicks along the shore. Fish noses are in the back eddy scum pools. There are small fish rising at the heads and tails of short shallow riffles.
|COLD SPRING DISCHARGE ALONG THE MADISON RIVER|
......... The Firehole River below Old Faithful is approaching record lows for the season and has already spiked to near 70° F. It is very clear and way below bank level.
.. Hot spring discharge is typical and cold spring discharge is very low. Fish are in mid-stream and splashing. Could be caddis already - didn't see any, though. The small cold water tributaries are dwindling to slow trickles and the perennial tributaries are at minimal levels for this stage of runoff.
|LOW AND SLOW FIREHOLE RIVER|
.. Snowpack on the west side of the park is very low and the snow water content is just a wee bit below expected levels.
.. Above Kepler Cascades the river is full of splashing Brook Trout. it is clear and cold and would be perfect for 100-fish days for those that count. Memorial Day is May 25, this year.
......... Nez Perce Creek is at seasonal discharge levels and cold. The closed signs are up in honor of the bears. The trail to Mary Mountain is dry and dusty and there is less green showing on the ground than on the Firehole River or the Madison River.
|NEZ PERCE NORMAL - FOR NOW|
......... In National Park Meadows things are looking low but stable. The Gibbon River is where it usually is for this time of year. The meadows are dry and golden but the Gibbon River is at the grass on the banks and shows just a slight bit of color in mid-stream.
|DRY AND DEPENDABLE GIBBON RIVER|
.. The Gallatin River is cold and productive. See you there.
|FIREHOLE RIVER WARMING UP|
Friday, April 17, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
SOME ARE SYNTHETIC
Some Are Not
all float and fish
.. Decorative and functional: the hatch will grow more prolific in the coming weeks.
|WALLPAPER: SUORDOUGH SWIRL|
Saturday, April 11, 2015
FRIDAY: 'EARLY OUT'
Partly Cloudy And Warm
the pre-runoff bite is on
|WALLPAPER: SPRING SOCIAL ON THE GALLATIN RIVER|
.. Up high, near the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, catching has been hit or miss with the thin water moving fish to dark cold hides.
.. So far the Taylor Fork has added only food to the Gallatin River and the fishing just below the confluence has been augmented by good catching. The same holds true for the small willow meadow around Snowflake Springs.
|LITTLE BLACK STONE|
.. Down around Big Sky, Montana fishing is in full bloom. Day to day catching is dependent on the caprice of the early hatching buglets. A few Batids and quite a few midges are keeping things interesting down that way.
.. There are other foods as well, and some folks are lip-sticking fish with stonefly nymphs. The action is sporadic until the afternoon when water is warmer and the bugs feel the urge.
|SAN JUAN WORM|
.. Riffles and small dark pocket waters are where the fish are. Heavy broken cloud cover will move the fish from light water to dark water in mid afternoon. Working lots of water and watching the slicks will produce happy anglers.
.. Down towards Gallatin Gateway, and below, the river is fit for a postcard. For however long the April and May showers remain in abeyance the catching will only continue to get better than the already good it is.
.. Although not high on the preferred list small streamers are making their appearance in a few savvy fishers' boxes. The lower down the river you go the better chance you have to move fish with a streamer.
.. Sling it and strip it - OR - swing it and twitch it. Fish and fishers vary in their moods and predilections. Try it all if you are seeking bigger fish with ferocious grabs. Opportunities abound and the fishing is great trending toward spectacular - catching has been pretty good too.
.. Watch the weather, pick your spots, and enjoy this gentle period on the Gallatin River before runoff limits your choices and tactics.
|LITTLE STUFF FOR ICE OUT|
.. As the water warms and the ice disappears, bits of debris form a continuous rain of potential food along the retreating edge. Cruising fish gobble sticks, leaves, dead bugs, and other stuff. The fish will eat a worm or a fly with delightful abandon. Big stuff and little stuff is fair game.
.. The ice edge has made it to the Great Springs embayment on the Madison Arm and is moving rapidly toward the main body of the reservoir. Already the worm folks are dusting off the lawn chairs in anticipation of the long edges soon to be available when the main body of the reservoir warms just a smidgen more. The social aspects of sitting in the warm sun while tickling fish are a rite of Spring among many of the neighbors.
.. We need a social circle.
|WALLPAPER: THE BEGINNING OF ICE OUT - HEBGEN RESERVOIR|