There’s something about a boy, a dog and a fish. Every time I post a photo like this on our Facebook page it generates a huge response! After all, what a perfect way to spend a day – on the water, fly rod in hand, dog at your side, enjoying another perfect day in paradise. This photo of Josh and Brady’s dog Jake was taken on the Madison River between Quake and Hebgen Lakes. The fishing there has been phenomenal this spring! Be sure to check out the Firehole Ranch Facebook page for many more photos throughout the year.
Not only are the seasons currently changing, but the Firehole Ranch staff is also currently switching gears as well. We are packing and moving all of our belongings from our diverse winter dwellings to the Ranch for the summer. The staff as a whole is constantly changing gears on a day to day or even hour to hour basis. The maintenance crew is washing dishes. The kitchen crew is painting. The guide crew is repairing docks. The housekeepers are planting flowers. The wrangler is housekeeping. The servers are painting. There is always a lot of painting to be done. And the office crew is filling in everywhere else they can. Although our job descriptions are defined in writing, it should really just say “miscellaneous”.
As I said, some of our guide staff is doing maintenance on the docks. To some this might not sound like a terrible situation. We get to work outside down by the lake in a beautiful scenic environment, but to Brady and I this couldn’t be a more painful scenario. The work is hard, but more importantly, we have to watch fish slurp down midges all day while we work. Not all bad though, we do have a little window in the evening to redeem lost time on the water.
Head Guide and MT Outfitter
The peaks are still white,the hills are turning green. Waters are warming and bugs are hatching. All around trout are growing fat and happy. Some snowy days and cool nights lay ahead in the mountains no doubt. Yet everyday, our favorite waters are coming alive with the smiling sunburned faces of friends old and new. Happy spring!
let’s go fishing!
We are excited to share that Firehole Ranch has been chosen as the 2013 Orvis Fly Fishing Lodge of the Year! Thank you to our fabulous guests, staff and friends as you are the ones that make it all possible. We hope you are able to join us this summer to help celebrate!
We are down from the Sweet 16 of fantastic fishing destinations in the Greater Yellowstone area to the Great 8. Some intriguing match-ups were in this round, true nail-biters, especially with the inclusion of the two underdogs who escaped the first round with upset wins. Both 6 seeds from their respective brackets made it into the Great 8, will they go any further?
First up is the recap of the games from the Yellowstone Region.
#1 Madison River vs. #5 Quake Lake
History would dictate that this game ought to be a easy win for the Madison. It is after all the storied, fabled, and legendary 50 mile riffle. Maybe no other river has as much history with-in fly fishing lore as the Madison River. Legends were born and bred on the rough and tumble nature of this mighty river. Names like Charlie Brooks, Ross A Marigold, Bob Jacklin, Bud Lilly, and many others call this institution their alma mater. Yet the Madison had a scrappy opponent that has surged in recent years to be considered a contender, Quake Lake. After all, Quake knocked off Hebgen Lake, a mighty foe in its own right. For just about every minute these two went back and forth, but in the latter stages of the contest, the historical significance of all that entails the Madison River outlasted the upstart Quake Lake. The Madisonʼs all encompassing power house game that includes year round dry fly, nymphing, and streamer fishing, swamped Quake’s 6 month season of the same , but slightly shortened game.
Winner: Madison River
#2 Yellowstone River vs. #6 Ruby River
Our first game of the week included our first #6 seed to make it into the second round. The Ruby’s small stature was predicted to have its hands full with the giants that make up the Yellowstone River. For the first half of the game it looked like we had a major upseton our hands. The Ruby pulled out all the punches, with blistering hatches of PMDʼsYellow Sallies, Baetis, and Caddis galore. By the midway point there were tearful mournings from Vegas odd makers. But the second half was all Yellowstone. Matching the hatches of the Ruby, the Yellowstone threw in some Golden Stones and Salmonflies, the true big boys, followed up with Green and Gray Drakes, and to top it all off Hoppers and Ants. Too much game for just about any competitor.
Winner: Yellowstone River
Look out folks the Final Four has its first goliath of a match up!
#1 Madison River vs. #2 Yellowstone River
Post your feelings now about which river, and why, should make it to the championship game!