June 10th 2008–The Summer Season begins in Soggy Fashion

The Firehole Ranch has hit the rivers and the fishing has been good. Our first two days on the water saw the guides and guests on the Firehole, Henry’s Fork, and Madison Rivers. Good PMD’s are a daily occurrence on the Firehole, although the Rainbows and Browns only average about 9 to 10 inched this time of year, what they lack in size, they make up for in spunk. Salmonflies are beginning to show in the Firehole Canyon, but the forecasted snow on Wed, might slow this hatch down. The Madison continues to shape up, and Josh floated Pal to Mac yesterday with good results with large streamers and nymphs. The wade stretch of the Madison has also been good, despite the higher water and slightly stained look. Hitting the pockets and slicks with SJW’s, woolly buggers, and BH Princes has been the ticket. A few Baetis and March Browns remain, and a few heads can be seen in isolated pockets. The Fork is also chugging along with the Salmonlfies making their way up to Box Canyon, warmer weather will help this hatch out, but it remains to be seen if that forecast is going to happen this week. Summer is coming, it has just been a little slow this year!

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