The Madison in YNP went big today after over night rain and high country snow pummeled Hebgen and Firehole Basins. The flows on the Firehole jumped up as did the Madison, by 2:30, I could hardly see my boots in thigh deep water. There were a few logs freed up as well and grass drifting through out the river.
It felt more like late May or early June…..fishing was just okay as the river went from around 370 cfs to 697 cfs in just s few hours. The best bite was in the morning, go figure, as the winds pounded us with rain. I heard the crack of one big lodge pole and looked downstream to see it tumble into the river. Five minutes later, the lodge pole directly behind us cracked as well, but failed to fall. We exited the run soon after.
Right now, at 10 pm, the clouds have cleared out and the temps are dropping. Tomorrow we are headed for Lyons Bridge…..and we could use a little sunshine.