The valley is void of snow.  Not trout though, they are there.  It’s been warm thus far in December and the rest of the week looks to be fabulous fishing weather.   All this snow melting and general warmness has given me the itch to fish and with a world class trout stream like the Madison, just a short drive away, I figured it would be a good plan.  The river was empty today, as it is so often this time of the year.  Rigged with a single dry, I walked way down below Three Dollar and poked around for an hour or longer and found not a head – the hatch was light too.  After fishing blind for a bit longer, I made the switch to a shallow nymph rig and caught fish till I felt that everything was right again.

If I didn’t have guide training for YNP beginning on Friday, I would pack up Stella and head to eastern Montana till the snow fell.  Most of us are wondering when Winter will actually begin.   The West Gate of the Park opens on the 15th, but we won’t be driving a bombardier in Yellowstone anytime soon.  Recently, I’ve come to the realization that Cody would be a grand place for Molly and I to live, however, this would only be for the months of November and December…the bird hunter in me has come up with this plan, but at this point it’s just conceptual.  I also want a second draht, an airstream that comes with big sacks of money and another shotgun.  It’s not that Cody is a bird hunter’s paradise, it just happens to be a bit closer to bird hunting paradise.