The past week in West Yellowstone has been beautiful. 70 degrees and sunny. The rivers and creeks have swollen with Spring snow melt, but there is a ton of snow in the high country. How long will run-off last????????? Who knows, the ten day forecast is calling for more sunshine so it could be a couple of weeks if not more. The first 2 weeks of June have almost always been dedicated to run-off in the past. If that’s the case, then we are looking at a month of chocolate milk on the Madison. I guided last weekend on the Madison from Varney to Town. The fishing was decent with nymphs and we took a few fish on caddis. It wasn’t easy, but we got them to eat. The West Fork of the Madison is rolling with mud and by the time it gets to Varney the river has about 6 inches of clarity. Not good.
The opener this weekend (May 20th) should be interesting. Cabin Creek is flowing heavy with mud, but the other side of the river is fishing really well. I was down inbetween the lakes yesterday with Holly and we got plenty of fish on baetis nymphs and stone flies. The river is not easily crossed right now and be VERY CAREFUL when trying. The Slide on down to the West Fork looks excellent. I can’t wait to fish on Saturday. From Lyons to Palisades the river on the right side looks great and should be very fishable. The left bank however, is muddy.