June 12th 2010-Opening Day at Firehole Ranch
It is opening day for the Firehole Ranch and the first guests of the year arrive today. I cannot convey how excited we are for this season. A very wet spring has filled the rivers and lakes, and promises to keep us in good water conditions all season. Fresh snow hit the peaks around Yellowstone yesterday, and daily rain showers have the Greater Yellowstone region bursting with spring.
So what is the fishing like right now, well let’s talk about that. Despite high water on a variety of the area’s Blue Ribbon trout streams, there are numerous options for the guests at the Ranch this week. The Lower Henry’s Fork has been fishing well from Warm River to the Fall River with caddis, Baetis, and the year’s first PMD’s. A few salmonflies are also still hanging on, giving the angler the opportunity to throw the big bugs, as well as smaller attractors. Box Canyon is consistent as always, giving the nymphomaniac plenty of opportunities at large Rainbows. Big rubberlegs teamed up with smaller beadheads are the ticket here. A float down the Box is also a great way to see many of our migratory spring birds in full breeding plumage. The Firehole in the Park is fishing very well with caddis and PMD’s. When the fish aren’t rising, try swinging a variety of soft hackles to tempt the finny denizens of this unique treasure. The lower Madison is in pretty bad shape at the moment, as high and very dirty water make fishing below the West Fork very difficult. But wade anglers will find enough clarity in the wade water for Montana style chuck and duck. Big nymphs and streamers fished seductively close to the banks can fool the aggressive Brown and Rainbows at this time of year. Hebgen Lake can be great in June with morning and evening midge emergences. Now these midges are not your typical size 20+ you got to be kidding me type. Instead they are a friendly size #14-#16, and get the trout crazy for the topside. A parachute adams with a bead head serendipity or copper john can be an exciting offering. There are also a couple of small stream gems that fish well at this time of year. So for everyone coming to the Firehole Ranch this season lets start the fishing with a bang.