The flow out of the Hebgen Dam is 794 cfs and 882 cfs At Kirby Ranch. These flows should be the normal for the rest of August and on into September. Rain showers are expected almost everyday somewhere in the Madison Valley. The lightning shows at night have been intense and have everybody on their toes about fires…..at least there has been rain with the electricity. For the moment, the smokey air has subsided and the smell of pines and firs permeates the air. There have been a few mornings showing 36 degrees around West Yellowstone, but we yet to have a freeze…..Fall is in the air. Just yesterday I saw a heard of elk and it reminded me that archery season is not far off. My wirehair pointer seems to be anxious for some reason, but I still have many days of guiding before we set out across the West to hunt birds.
Fishing……..there has been BWO’s on most cloudy over cast days and the nymphing has been pretty good throughout the day. Small nymphs like the shop vac, sawyer’s pt, black lightning bug, olive serendipity and a flashback pt have produced good fishing. Hanging a sculpin pattern under a bobber will produce as well if you don’t like to fish them on the strip….I prefer the strip myself. Hoppers and ants are not as productive with the cold rainy weather, but they will be back one of these days in full force as there has not been a freeze in Madison Valley just yet.