Madison River Flows
at West Yellowstone: 670 cfs
below Hebgen: 1260 cfs
Kirby Ranch: 1430 cfs
Varney Bridge: 1830 cfs……spiked to 1900 cfs today.
Run-off has started on the upper Madison River…..yes….run-off. Cabin is puking chocolate milk, Beaver is grey and the West Fork of the Madison is pushing a heavy brown stain down the left bank. Just how long this will last is anyone’s guess….the weatherman says a cool down for week end, hopefully he’s right. The river is much higher than normal right now on the upper Madison and may rise a bit more if the rain and warmish nights continue. Cross your fingers that we don’t loose too much of the white gold……..of course next week there could be a huge snow storm – springtime in Montana brings it all.
We floated Varney to Burnt Tree on THE nicest days I have ever seen in late April on the Madison River. At one point there was a young woman, in a bikini, fishing from the bow of another guide’s boat. I had to apply Sunscreen twice this afternoon with the high sun. A thunder storm blew up in the late afternoon producing double rainbows over Sphinx Mountain and more snow in the high country…..windows rolled down, cruising down the highway…….it felt like July.
This morning started out pretty well, fishing with rubber legs and a red worm, but as the day went on things got tougher. Switching flies around seemed to help, but it was not too consistent around lunch time. The bite did swing back our way and we caught some nice fish, including this 20 inch rainbow on a rubber leg. Once the river drops back down, the dry fly game might get going, that would be so nice. I saw march browns, caddis and a few blue wings throughout the day.