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  • Thursday, December 08, 2016

    Just Where We Like It

    THE EARLY COLDNESS
    A Vortex Shift ?
    your woolies ready ?

    WALLPAPER: STORM BREWING AT THE DIVIDE
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    .. It's not a coincidence that a strong polar vortex is associated with a La Niña year. When the polar vortex slips south, (usually January/February,) heavy cold invades the central continental United States.
    THE PERFECT JET STREAM
    .. This global phenomena bends the jet stream to just where we like it.
    .. This allows the prevailing winds to pick up the gulf of Alaska moisture provided by the Japan Current.
    .. This, of course delivers next year's stream flows to our mountains. We're all for that. 
    .. BUT, and it's a big but: depending on the position of the slipping polar vortex, we can get some very cold air that mitigates against a heavy snow fall. We'll see!
    NICE LOW HIGHS
    .. Right now we're in an alternating temperature pattern that allows for good snowfall and some cold air to keep it around.
    .. It's the mid day high's that currently determine the amount of melting that mid level snow packs experience.
    .. And, it's the mid level snows that are responsible for Spring runoff and early season flows of our rivers.
    LOCAL TEMPERATURE OSCILLATION
    .. This, in the not too distant past, was our "normal" mid winter pattern. The neighbors still talk about the 3-day storms.
    .. They arrive every three days and last for three days. We can only hope that that this pattern persists for the winter.
    MID DAY MELT -4°F
    .. Even at -4°F for mid day highs we can still get some melting with a bright sun and some exposed dark masses to absorb and radiate the warmth of our friendly sun.
    .. As long as the winds don't come and as long as the sun doth shine we enjoy "sweater weather" days and fireplace nights.
    THE RARE CLEAN BENCH
    ..By now most of the neighbors are busy cleaning the accumulated mess on the tying bench. They are hustling to dive into the winter levity of tying experimentation. Some have already started their orders for custom work. Tying 100 dozen flies in the winter is not our cup of tea. For some it's a lucrative joy.
    A GOOD EVENING'S WORK
    .. If this pattern holds there will be the rare salubrious day when the winds are still, the sun is out, the temperature climbs to 25°F, and the midges burst forth in gay abandon, Aha, the punctuated joy of winter fishing in the high country -- perhaps tomorrow.
    .. Well then, it's 11:00 AM and the temperature has risen to -6°F, there is no wind and the sun is squinty bright. Before we put on our sweater we shall have a left over waffle for brunch - there's still some coffee and whipped cream left.
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    WALLPAPER: THE MAPLE CASCADE

    Monday, December 05, 2016

    And So It Goes

    HEROIC SNOW DUMP
    Village Digging Out
    sledheads beware
    WALLPAPER:   BLOWIN' SNOW
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    .. The snow is still coming down and the sky is clear. The wind has stopped and left behind some treacherous snow conditions in the high country along the Continental Divide.
    AVALANCHE WARNING
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    THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE 
    GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER. 
    ISSUED ON DECEMBER 05 2016 AT 04:51 AM 
    AVALANCHE WARNING 
    THE GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE CENTER IS ISSUING A 
    BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING FOR THE MOUNTAINS NEAR COOKE CITY, 
    THE LIONHEAD AREA NEAR WEST YELLOWSTONE, SOUTHERN MADISON RANGE, 
    AND SOUTHERN GALLATIN RANGE. HEAVY SNOW HAS ADDED WEIGHT TO A 
    WEAK AND UNSTABLE SNOWPACK. THE AVALANCHE DANGER IS RATED HIGH ON 
    ALL SLOPES. NATURAL AND HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY 
    TODAY. AVALANCHE TERRAIN AND AVALANCHE RUNOUT ZONES SHOULD BE 
    AVOIDED. 
    YOU ARE URGED TO CONTACT THE GALLATIN NATIONAL FOREST AVALANCHE 
    CENTER FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. 
    WEBSITE: WWW.MTAVALANCHE.COM 
    AVALANCHE HOTLINE: 406-587-6981 
    THIS WARNING WILL EITHER EXPIRE OR BE UPDATED BY 6:00 A.M. ON 
    DECEMBER 6TH, 2016.
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    JUST A BIT OF SNOW
    .. This is just the start of the predicted La Niña winter. It bodes well for the snow pack, which has been on the sparse side for the last few years.
    .. Town will be jubilant as soon as the plowing and digging is finished.
    .. The creative parking is about to start. The upcoming cold spell will hasten both anchor ice and surface ice on the reservoir. Auger sharpening will start soon and the ice skate sharpening is already well under way.
    .. Pockets and fanny  packs full of various waxes are trundling their way to the cross country trails. The real animals are already out there before the trail groomers get to the deep drifts.
    .. We're pleased for everyone and are going to smile as the snow plow and blower goes by our front porch.
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    WALLPAPER:  AT THE DAY CARE CENTER

    Saturday, December 03, 2016

    Dips Ahead

    GET THE WOOLLIES
    Split The Wood Now
    ice fishers rejoice
    FINALLY SOME WINTER WEATHER
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    .. It's nicely early for this time of year. We're anticipating a dump of dry powder followed by some chilly temperatures in the next few days.
    .. With our high of 11° F anticipated for next Wednesday, and lows down to -30° F in mid week we finally have some genuine Winter weather to look forward to. Is La Niña at work?
    .. Should the predicted La Niña persist for the Winter we can anticipate a good snow pack and cool weather lasting into the Spring.
    .. We hope that it's going to be that way. West Yellowstone and Yellowstone National Park lie in a wind, (weather,)  shadow. Weather fronts pile up on the west side off the Continental Divide.
    .. If they have enough poop to crest the divide they dump considerable amounts of their load, (rain, snow, etc.) at the corner of Madison and Electric streets in our village.
    WOULD THAT IT WILL BE
    .. The predicted prevailing Winter weather pattern puts us right at the intersection of anticipated "cold," "snowy," and "wet" for the season. We would like to see the Jet Stream predicted for about 150 miles further north - sigh.
    .. This bodes well for our snow pack and a good high water runoff period. The rivers need to be cleansed and rearranged. The last few years of gentility have stagnated the rivers and allowed fine sands and silts to clog the gravels.
    .. Time will tell but we're hopeful that this comes to pass. For now the sledheads, ice fishers, cross country skiers, winter biathletes, and photographers are drooling in anticipation.
    .. For us, today is a day to batten the hatches, stock the provisions, and get in one last day of 'warm' mid day fishin'.
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    WALLPAPER:  SUGAR SAUTEED APPLES & PANCAKES

    Sunday, November 27, 2016

    Enter Winter

    BRIEF SLOW DOWN
    Neighborhood Active
    fun flies already
    WALLPAPER:  READY AND WAITING
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    .. So then, we got Thanksgiving out of the way. Now there's just Christmas and the rest of Winter to go.
    ..Catching excursions have slowed somewhat for the holidays. Up here we chase those fish right through the Winter. We have to. Sanity, don'tchaknow?
    THE "SF CADDIS"
    .. The neighbors have already entered their dual role of fly experiments and experimental testing.
    .. In a post-Thanksgiving fit of neatness and creativity, (while dispensing with the leftover stuffing and adult beverages,) they gathered round the vises and toyed with some materials.
    .. Several of the bravest had made a raid on a local feather merchant and peeked at the commercial flies. They were dutifully ignored as slovenly 'locals' and, had time to finger the offerings from far off lands.
    .. On the Gallatin River, right now, the "SF CADDIS" is undergoing testing. There is probably a conventionally sanctioned name for this fly. If there is they did not remember it. The beverages took hold and the silhouette was seemingly, (to their milky eyes,) reminiscent of the dorsal fin of a sailfish.
    .. Testing will destroy the dozen or so flies already completed. They will be floated, sunken, smashed, loaded with all manner of floatants, drifted, stripped, and fished with gay, (and hung over,) abandon: reports will follow.
    .. We're out to shovel some snow and then a nap.
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    WALLPAPER:  Rotini 'n' Ragu


    Thursday, November 24, 2016

    Turkeys That Moo

    BEING THANKFUL
    Beef Is Beautiful
    a metaphorical turkey
    WALLPAPER:  ROAST BEAST
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    .. We have had another light dusting of snow on the ground. It's almost enough to satisfy the folks in the ski camp: not quite. The sled heads just power through the gravel and speed up to the mountains.
    .. Catching down the canyon on the Gallatin River is still excellent. Small streamers, large nymphs and, in the evening something stripped wildly on the surface near the bank will all bend a rod.
    .. We are thankful for the local rivers: neighbors, friends, and the ability to reject turkey for a chunk of beef. Around here we call it a turkey and gobble it down.
    .. Soon there will be more snow and the opening day of Yellowstone National Park. Then thundering hoards of visitors will arrive - just in time for Christmas. For that we're thankful.
    .. Take five and remember this is the season for a bit of joy and some exceptional fishing.
    .. Now for the grub!
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    WALLPAPER:  POLPETTE CON POLENTA

    Wednesday, November 23, 2016

    Take The Time

    POSTMODERN
    Post Apocalypse
    post rational
    PAUSE FOR JUST A MOMENT
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    .. We could live at a different place - why? It's 5:00 AM and dark. The streets are quiet. There's snow on the ground. There's snow in the forecast. There's fish to be caught. The coffee is hot. Tomorrow will be just as good - or, better.
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    WALLPAPER: HOMEMADE 'WHEAT MONTANA' BREAD