April 6th 2009—Spring Fishing

Howdy Folks,

We got totally blasted in the month of March with snow and are currently hovering around 105% to 110% snowpacks in the surrounding drainages. This is great news as streamflows and lake levels should be good all season. Keep in mind that precipitation in the following months also plays a role, but with such a large snowpack optimism is running very high. I am expecting a great summer season, and I believe I can speak for everybody at the Firehole Ranch that we are eagerly awaiting what promises to be a memorable year. As for current conditions-bright blue sky, lots of sunshine and forecasted highs in the upper 40’s. Spring fishing is lighting up throughout the state. The Insect Du Jour of April has begun in earnest with Midges, Skwala’s, neumora’s Capnia, Baetis, and March Browns gracing the water surface form the Bighorn to the Bitterroot. I have been fishing the Yellowstone alot this spring and it has been very good. Midges and Baetis are the main fare, but a few small (#18) winter stones made an appearence the last couple of days and the first stoneflies (Capnia) of spring were nabbed by greedy trout. But the highlight of spring for me is midges in the morning, Baetis in the afternoon, and midges again in the evening. Lots of dry fly action that will test your eyesight and hook setting skills. Keep checking in as the fishing season gets ramped up! Don’t forget about the  2nd annual women’s week at the Firehole Ranch the first week of August. Last years event was a tremendous success. Alice Owsley will once again be leading Women’s Week at the Firehole Ranch and we are all looking forward to this years week. Also check out Steve Grant’s Roosterfish Camp in  Baja Mexico. Those of you lucky enough to go on a guide trip with Steve last year will already know what he brings to the river, but Steve also runs is own operation in Mexico that lead excited anglers on a pursuit for the growing popularity of Roosters on a fly (the fish not the chicken). These gorgeous fish will definitely put a bend in your rod. Check out his website at bayanglers.com 
Tight lines everybody,

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