Archive for April, 2009

April 17th-The Road in to Yellowstone Opens Today!!!

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Good Morning Folks,

Yellowstone National Park opens the West gate to vehicles this morning and we are on tap for a beautiful opening day. The weather forecast for the next 4 days is sunny and mid to upper 50’s. It is going to be absolutely glorious for the weekend. Look for some of the area’s freestone rivers to rise and get a little off color. I would expect rivers like the Yellowstone, Big Hole, and others to see a major bump in flow as the low elevation snow completely melts over the next few days. We got plastered with snow on Tuesday and Wednesday so this new snow will be adding to an already heavy back country snow pack, and contributing to the expected weekend’s low elevation snow melt. Check out the Ranch photo-that is yesterday 4/16/09 at around dinner time, no BBQ’s right now!
A couple of photos of the Henry’s Fork’s legendary Rainbows. Man, are they in good condition! These are from yesterday, as these pesky buggers fell prey to the mighty Shop Vac #16!!! The Lower Fork is fishing quite well with Baetis and Midges, and the rumor mill is kicking out thoughts of Mother’s Day Caddis. For all the folks coming out this summer, especially in June, I would highly consider spending a few of your fishing days with us on the Fork. I expect hatches will be very strong this summer. Typically we get very good PMD’s and Caddis on the lower river, along with Green and Gray Drakes and a smattering of small stoneflies. Last year we saw numerous large Browns in the Warm River to Ashton stretch, so it will be exciting to see if we get a repeat performance this year. This is one of my favorite stretches of any river to float, as the action is usually very steady for feisty rainbows. The scenery is outstanding, and the water character is very interesting! June also brings birds galore to this stretch bringing a visual and audio symphony to everyone who fishes the Henry’s Fork from Warm River to Ashton. 
Time to head into Yellowstone, I have my coffee and camera, I am ready to roll. Check back soon with more fishing information and scenes from Yellowstone.

April 15th-The Taxman and Snowman Cometh

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Good Morning Everybody,

A major snowstorm has blanketed southwestern Montana this morning with a fresh 6 to 8 inches of snow here in West Yellowstone. The forecast is for the mountains to receive upwards of 2 to 3 feet of new snow before Thursday morning. Perfect Baetis weather, and baetis knew it!!! I am headed back to the H-Fork today to try to feast upon the Baetis smorgasbord, certainly the Browns and Rainbows are going to. Look for great fishing everywhere again today as ideal conditions are in place for major mayfly emergences. 

April 13th 2009

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Good Morning

Tax day is fast approaching, so I think it would be advisable to go fishing. A couple days of glorious weather this past week had everybody soaking up the ray’s. Looks as if that is about to end as a slow moving winter storm is descending on Montana, spring weather at its finest, 60 degrees one day, snow and 20 the next. The area’s rivers are really fishing well as a cornucopia of aquatic insects are riding the waves. March Browns, Baetis and Midges are the main fare, but I saw a handful of caddis the past couple of days hearkening the upcoming Mother’s Day Caddis event. In the meantime, mid day emergences of mayflies, and the occasional skwala are keeping the fish tuned into the surface. From the Yellowstone to the Gallatin I have been real impressed with the condition of the trout. Winter was good for them as they appear very fat and healthy. West is still buried in snow and I am sure that will remain for the next couple of weeks. Spring is slow in coming in the high country. Rumor has it a few bison calves have already been born in the Park. This friday the 17th, the west gate opens to car travel, Wahoo! You can bet I will be in there, so I will post a few shots of what Yellowstone looks like in very early spring once that road opens. Until then, blow off your taxes, rig up the dry fly rod, and catch a few trout!!!

April 6th 2009—Spring Fishing

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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 
Tight lines everybody,