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  • Thursday, March 03, 2016

    Golly Gee Whiz

    WE'RE CALLIN' IT
    Close On To Spring
    some fish are savvy
    WALLPAPER:  VISIT TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD
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    ..With a three week forecast calling for day time temperatures in the 30's and 40's we anticipate that 'Official Spring' and 'Real Spring' may arrive together this year.
    .. It seldom happens this high up and, it doesn't mean an end to snow, sleet, graupel, thunder snows, high winds or rain.
    .. It does mean, however, that the low and mid level snow pack is beginning to melt at a more rapid clip and that there may be a runoff event this year that could produce some flooding and some chocolate colored water that persists for some time. We'll know in a few weeks.
    .. The last time it was this persistently warm prior to the 'Official Spring' was in 2011 -12 and 2013 came close with a two week spike.
    OH NO: NOT AGAIN
    .. The Discharge of the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park is about 30 cfs below the median daily statistic. Downstream things are different: +200 cfs below Hebgen Dam, +80 cfs near Kirby, +100 cfs near Cameron.
    .. The high snow pack is holding at between 85% and 99% in both the Upper Gallatin River and Upper Madison River drainage's. That's good  - for now.
    WIRED
    .. Bits of open water along the shoreline around Beer Bay and Whiskey Bay on Hebgen Reservoir are beginning to get attention from some neighbors with snowmachines. Not a high score rate yet but soon!
    .. The Hebgen Tailwater has a good crop of spawning fish and only a moderate amount of foreign fishers tromping the redds. The best catching has been at the head of Quake Lake and the sweeping meanders just above the debauchery.
    .. Nymphs just below the surface seem to be the ticket right now. You really don't need more than six feet of leader and tippet if your line floats the way it should.
    LOTS OF WIGGLE
    .. The fish are hiding in the sun near the shore. Approach with your best duck waddle and exercise the polarized lenses. Small binoculars are a near necessity.
    .. Down canyon on the Gallatin River catching is still doing well below Big Sky. The big bug brigade is still touting the giant and wiggly dark nymphs.
    .. We're headed to the north shore in search of open water. It will be here before we know it.
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    WALLPAPER:  RACHEL OR REUBEN ?