|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|
.. 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 NORMAL - FOR NOW|
|DRY AND DEPENDABLE GIBBON RIVER|
.. The Gallatin River is cold and productive. See you there.
|FIREHOLE RIVER WARMING UP|