Snow is melting at rapid pace up high in the mountains all across Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. One glance at the flows online will show rivers on the rise, some of which are almost double for this time of the year. The white stuff is still pretty deep in the high country, but the last week t o ten days worth of warm weather mixed with some rain has brought a big push water. Wet wading has been standard protocol, but we aren’t wading much on the Missouri, just getting our feet wet from time to time. Anglers should expect this to be the case for a while now, but it’s hard to say just how long run off will go this season. It all depends on the weather. More sun and rain will push it out, cooler temps and no rain will slow it down. Pay attention to the weather and you too can guess when the Salmon flies will hatch on the Madison. I’m still not throwing a date out for this…….too hard to figure this early into run off.
I’ve been living on the Missouri for the past month, but have managed a handful of days back in West Yellowstone. TAKF was held on May 20th and I got a couple days of fishing in around West Yellowstone and Idaho as well. It’s been a very busy May for us and June is right around the corner. The next few weeks will find us hanging out on the Missouri guiding anglers with a another visit home and then back to the Missouri for mid and late June. With any luck, we’ll be fishing the Madison River a month from now.