Archive for May, 2009

May 4th-Looking forward to Summer

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Ran into this beauty this morning along the Firehole River

Good Morning,

Spring weather has us in a tight grip in southwest Montana. Another skiff of snow passed through last night, and today has started out cold and blustery. We still have a fair amount of snow on the level (this is usually all melted out by the end of March), and sun and warm weather are nowhere in sight! However this is not all grim. The cloudy and cool weather has really given us a large window of spring fishing. Caddis are starting to show on a few local rivers, most notably the Henry’s Fork, fattening the trout in this river even more than they already are. The Madison and Yellowstone shouldn’t be too far behind. Baetis, March Browns and even a few skwala’s can also be found on the area’s rivers, providing some fast and furious dry flay action. The Yellowstone has treated us well lately with localized baetis emergences bringing up nice Cutthroat and Rainbows. A few hefty browns have also been partaking of Baetis and we have been lucky enough to tango with a them as well. Water conditions are pretty good everywhere right now, and it has once again become hard to decide where to go fishing. 
This is also an issue in the summer, as the sheer amount of quality, blue ribbon trout streams that lace the greater Yellowstone area is staggering. All the guides look forward to sharing with you all the many fly fishing treasures this area offers. 
We are only a smidgen over a month from opening-see you soon.

May 1st-Is it winter still or is it Spring

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Good May Morning to everyone.April showers (and we got our fair share) bring May flowers (we all have our fingers crossed). May is usually a major transition month for Yellowstone country. The cool weather of spring usually begins to give way to warmer days and nights and the snow in the backcountry really begins to melt. Things begin to green up in a big way. Returning migrating birds are everywhere in their full colorful splendor.The fishing in May can be real interesting. Usually the beginning of the month sees mother’s day caddis on a variety of rivers including the Madison and the Henry’s Fork. But as we dip into the middle of the month, run-of strikes with a vengeance and fishing gets a little slim. Think tailwaters or lakes if you want the best of mid May fishing. Salmonflies begin popping on the Henry’s Fork. The Madison can see some good nymphing, or if we are lucky a late season March Brown emergence. Midges on Hebgen and cruising Rainbows. Towards the end of the month we see the official beginning of the summer season over Memorial Day weekend. Montana, Idaho, and YNP all open their general fishing seasons by the end of the month.The Firehole Ranch also begins to shovel out from a winters snow and begin the process of preparing for the summer. Dewintering the Ranch takes some doing, and we try to get in by Mid May to ensure that everything is perfect for our first guests.As the month rolls by keep checking in for news of the Ranch, lots of fishing reports, and more scenes of our beautiful region as it shakes off winter, flies through spring, and approaches summer.We all look forward to seeing and fishing with as many of you as possible this summer. Treat yourself right and book a fishing trip at the Firehole Ranch this summerStay tuned,Rowan