Could be better, could be worse. Another system is blowing through part of Montana today with another 5-10 inches due in central and southwestern higher elevations. It’s warm enough to be raining in Bozeman this morning according to Jake, prompting this recent exchange. (It’s somewhat early, hence the limited range of utilized vocabulary.) If Blue [...]
Pushing fifty without a cloud in the sky one day. Complete with birds singing and patches of pasture and yard beginning to peep through the winter’s mantle of snow. Comfortable enough to leave the coat hanging in the hallway and drive with the window down, a feat not accomplished since November. Sunny enough to invoke [...]
We’re moving into that time of year when shoveling snow and driving snow-packed and icy roads loses the sexy allure it had back in late November and early December. Despite a growing disdain for late winter, fly fishers of the Northern Rockies begin to pay more attention to the snow pack numbers this time of [...]
Well I’ll be damned. Most of the time when the weatherman says it’s going to snow, it never does. Today was one of the rare exceptions. Here in Bozeman we went from abnormally warm and dry to snow. What I wouldn’t give to be swinging soft hackles on the Firehole right now… I apologize for [...]
Been hearing a lot of chatter of late about water flows being a tad skinny back home in central and southwest Montana. Granted, for many of our friends, family, buds and even enemies back home it’s been a long, hot, fairly dry and unquestionably smokey summer. It just seems of late there’s been an unusual [...]
Every year one of my favorite days is the first hint of fall that hits town. You know the kind. The first cool, overcast day after a long heat wave. The smell of rain is in the air. The smoke clears off and you can actually see the mountains again. That day is today. As [...]
Chatting with folks back home we’ve heard more than one comment about the (relative) lack of snow so far this year. The past couple of winters have brought heavy, lingering snowpacks that changed the fly fishing dynamic throughout much of the northern Rockies and with another La Nina in place this winter, the forecast has [...]
I haven’t fished at all since before Thanksgiving. I enjoy fishing in the winter and I wish I had gotten out on one of the bluebird weather days we’ve been lucky enough to have in my corner of the world recently, but other responsibilities conspired to keep me away from the river. Winter fishing is [...]
Back in the office after an early morning strategy meeting with some of our real world business team and lo and behold, there’s some weather moving in. There’s even a little lightning starting to pop and thunder rolling…..a longer post about fishing (and other) news from Yellowstone will have to wait….our power tends to fail [...]
So I’m checking the weather back home this morning and lo and behold there’s snow in the forecast. Ok, so it’s only in a tiny little pocket up near Glacier, only above 6500 feet, only 1 to 3 inches possible and it will be gone in a heartbeat. There’s something about that first hint of [...]
Trying to hold to a reasonable standard of optimism, given that July is a couple of days away and that river flow trends had been looking a tiche better over the past few days, yesterday we planned to post this morning a few area river flows that had been improving. That post was to have [...]
A few days ago I mentioned how impressed we were to see the amount of snow still down in the southern part of Yellowstone over the past few days. South of Old Faithful bison were still choosing the road to mosey. Looking at today’s snowpack maps from NOHRSC there’s still a hell of a lot [...]
Two days of the season’s warmest temps followed by rain. Kiss your non-tailwater river goodbye for a spell. Even the tailwater fisheries in the neighborhood will probably be a challenge once this snowpack gets moving….
Rain and snowpack melt are starting to make things interesting……
The runoff season begins in earnest….