June 20th-Magical Day
Good Morning Folks,
There are dates throughout the summer that mark some event in the Yellowstone fishing world. Some of them are official, like opening day of fishing season in Yellowstone National Park, and others are like today, artificial target dates for some legendary hatch that typically start on or around that day. Today is June 20th, and it has always been in my fish crazed brain, that today is the day to start looking for Green Drakes on the Ranch section of the Henry’s Fork. But one of the things I really enjoy about are area is how different it is from year to year, and target dates are sometimes thrown askew by water conditions, weather patterns, and numerous other factors, both known and unknown. So it is with today, we find that based on present conditions, alot of the hatches are behind by a week or so. Green Drakes have just started on the lower Fork, and are probably a few days away from showing up in the Ranch. Salmonflies, typically found very early in June on the Madison in the Park, are still holding on in there, and have provided some good fishing for the savy angler, but still around on June 20th, c’mon! The Madison below Quake, while fishing fine, is still very off color and this is unusually late for this stretch to start to clear. It could be a week or more before we see clear conditions down here. There are many dates in this area, that in the winter I keep in fresh in my mind as memories of when a favorite hatch will show and the fish will rise. I eagerly look forward to those dates, and I hope that I am fortunate enough to catch the hatch one more time. So today is magical in my mind, my favorite hatch, on the most legendary stretch of trout water in the world begins today, or not. But one way or the other we will be on the river, waving a stick, and trying our best to fool the trout into thinking these dates will coincide with our expectations and hopes.