Happy New Year Everyone! We’re already about half way through the hibernation season! Our snowpack is already twelve percent above average and forty six percent greater than last year to date. Streamflow predictions from April to July are also one hundred and one percent of average. Aside from property owners along the Gallatin and Beaverhead Rivers who are experiencing flooding due to ice jams, these are all wonderful statistics for another great summer of fishing. When I haven’t been cranking out bug imitations for the upcoming season, I’ve been doing a lot of research and development on the local streams. The fishing near Three Dollar Bridge has picked up already this year. Midges are present and the fish are taking surface imitations confidently like hungry hungry hippos. This has been the consistent report for most of our tailwaters. As for the freestone streams, midge, stonefly and worm imitations under a bobber have been keeping me hooked up during the “heat” of the day. With another winter storm approaching this week and hundreds of dozens of bugs to tie, I’m hardly thinking about summer. Skiing and winter steelhead adventures are still the freshest items on my mind. Needless to say, it’s been a great winter already!