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  • Friday, May 26, 2017

    New Weather Arrives

    THE SPRING MIX
    Opening Looks Good
    bring your "A" game
    STILL WET IN BISCUIT BASIN
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    .. Last night brought us a skiff of snow. The nitrogen concentration is good for the Rhubarb.
    .. We're in an 'unsettled' weather pattern with no major systems dominating our local weather. We are therefore, at the whim of the capricious behavior of Mom.
    .. The best guess is that there will be variable weather for the next few days. Nothing too warm and nothing too cold. The west side rivers in Yellowstone National Park should respond accordingly.

    DARK MARAUDER
    .. The Madison River has risen considerably over the last couple of days and is at or near record flows for this date. This is not as bad as it might seem as the in-water visibility is at about three feet.
    .. Save for a few select spots this should be a "LARGE DARK NYMPH" game on opening day.
    LOOP WING
    .. The Firehole River is running a little high but is cooler than the last four or five days. Gone are the temperature spikes of the high 60's. Mid to low 50's looks to be the trend for the next few days.
    .. The color is off a little but in-water visibility is good and may give the faithful opportunities for catching fish at the surface.
    CRIPPLE
    .. For the current PMD hatch you will need to find some water with long gentle glides and persistent coherent foam lines. Right now the rise form is soft and gentle - even to pre-emergent fly forms. This suggests a unusual abundance of bugs. May it persist for a few more days.
    .. There are some Baetids around and during those grumpy weather periods it would be good to have a few cripples in the box.
    FUZZY FLOATER
    .. If you are not into the aesthetics of a messy looking cripple then a floating nymph is also a good choice.
    .. Be prepared for a large number of lookee-loo's on the roads and in the pull outs. Visitation is up and the mobile condominium hatch is well underway.
    BEAD HEAD SOFTIE
    .. Tour buses are seemingly bigger and apparently more prolific. Many are painted all white with simple stenciled names - an indication of newly minted tour companies.
    .. The Gibbon River in National Park Meadows as well as the Firehole River below the falls should both yield good fish to large soft hackles and stonefly nymphs of various ilks.
    .. Overall the best bet for catching is any of our local soft or stiff hackle flies.
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    .. It's not too early for breakfast. We'll try something to fortify the soul. We need to get the rest of the garden in and hope the late freeze cycle misses us this year.
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