|WALLPAPER: ELK ISLAND, FIREHOLE RIVER|
".. Yellowstone National Park staff will travel to nearby communities to talk with anglers about the ongoing efforts to restore native fish species, the threat of aquatic invasive species and the park’s fishing regulations." ... Billings Gazette.. The meetings are:
.. Pick your water and pick your fish - it's probably there. Good information about our resource - AND the catching possibilities. You can find it HERE.
|VIEW THE DIVIDE ON THE MADISON|
.. We congratulate the NPS for their fiscal responsibility and foresight.
.. Having just a single seasonal employee in the morning at the west entrance station generates a single line of cars all the way back to West Yellowstone: keeping up the real Yellowstone Experience.
.. The rivers are running clear, cold, (mostly,) and surprisingly slow. We've had some color in the Madison River over the last few weeks but the in-water visibility has remained above six feet.
|ATTACK OF THE MONSTER FLIES|
.. The early snow melt and warm up this year has the Firehole River spiking to temperatures above 70° F already. Could signal an early closure date.
.. The polyglot fly fishers will be able to explain the appearance of the giant mayflies along the length of the Firehole River.
.. They were in thick swarms, early in the morning, and lovingly splattered themselves into our windshield so we wouldn't miss them. We've heard rumors of accelerated hatches in situations like this. No caddis yet - apparently.
|AT YOUR OWN RISK|
.. The rotting and broken beams are approaching the life threatening stage.
.. Even at the elevation of Biscuit Basin there is no snow and the grasses are turning green. The river level is just now near bank full stage and it's clear, as is usual for the pre-, or non-, runoff stage.
|INVITATION TO FISH|
.. Even Nez Perce Creek is running on the warm side. The bear warnings are out and it seems that the quick warm up has done nothing to shoo the bears out of the valleys.
.. Happily the Gibbon River is behaving in a nearly normal fashion. There is a tinge of color and the water is approaching the green grass on it's banks.
.. The color has not affected the color of the Madison River for a very great downstream distance. The discharge of the both the Firehole River and Gibbon River is so low that by Seven Mile Bridge the Madison River is nearly dead still. Reflections show so little distortion that many a lake would be jealous.
.. We're gonna visit again tomorrow. The entrance line need some encouragement.
|WALLPAPER: MADISON AT THE BRIDGE|