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  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017

    Just Maybe

    FIREHOLE IS FINE
    Madison Is Marginal
    weather looks perfect
    WALLPAPER: RECESSIONAL NICK POINTS  - MADISON RIVER
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    HI DEAR
    .. In just three days the faithful will return to torment the trout of Yellowstone National Park.
    .. The start of another fishing season in the park is upon us. The traffic and the visitation is already at another new record pace.
    .. Hero shots and cell phone images will cloud the interwebs as intrepid fishers sully the waters and dip their wick in the storied rivers of our neighborhood.
    .. It's an annual ritual full of sound and fury, signifying  . . . . . .
    .. As of today it looks like the weather will be perfect for the opener.
    .. Friday May 26 will be drizzly, (on and off,) into the night.
    TRY THESE - CDC BWO
    .. Saturday May 27, (the opener,) will dawn to light ground fog and light mist. It should clear early to broken clouds and light overcast.
    .. Sunshine should prevail for a few hours between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Light rain should begin in the afternoon between 3:00 and 5:00 PM.
    PRETTY STANDARD FARE
    .. Depending on the caprice of the bugs this is generally a perfect sort of weather pattern.
    .. Little bugs in the morning and caddis in the afternoon. The late rain should be light enough to allow exceptional soft hackle catching until dark thirty.
    .. The Firehole River is flowing at a little above 500cfs. In the ballpark for seasonal norms. It is plenty clear enough to fish and provide good catching opportunities.
    THE INFAMOUS SMASHED CADDIS
    .. Sunday should see late afternoon water temperature spike to between 67° & 70° F.
    .. Sunshine should grace the west side of park for most of the day.
    .. The Gibbon River is high but clear. The big meadows are very wet and slogging through them will provide stories but few catching opportunities.
    CLASSIC ATTACK
    .. Below Gibbon Falls and to the junction pool the water is clear enough and there are noses of gigantic proportion - holdovers from the spawn.
    .. These snakes will eat willingly but should be played quickly and released gently.
    .. The meadows around Norris are saturated but the small water above the campground is only lightly colored.
    .. It might be worth a look at the meadow above the cascades for the eager  brookies. This is the last year for these friendly fish. They will be poisoned in order to protect the invasive grayling. Such a deal.
    .. The Madison River has dropped very quickly back within it's banks and is flowing at around 900cfs - dead on for the seasonal norm. It's still lightly colored but clearing rapidly.
    .. Barring any significant deluge from the predicted drizzles on Thursday or Friday it might be worth a go.
    VISIBLE  AND  POSSIBLE
    .. There are some nice holes opened up in the big riffles. Depending on sun and shadow there could be some hold over fish.
    .. The resident noses are poking up in some new places this Spring.
    .. Riverside Drive is now one-way from east to west. There must be a reason?
    .. The Gallatin River is rumored to be too cold to fish. We'll probably be there.
    [For catching prognostications to the east and north of Norris click on over to PARKS' Fly Shop.]
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    .. It's too early for breakfast. It's too late for dinner. Must be perfect for a midnight snack.
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    WALLPAPER:   RAMEN DONE RIGHT