At some point in the last seven days, the Madison went from greenish brown and high to damn near clear and lower than expected for June 13th. Some of this is due to no rain and cooler nights and some of this is due to PPL missing the mark and dropping the flows in order to fill Hebgen. Sound familar? Yea…..sadly, we thought so too. We are sitting at the top of the water chain, so to speak, Hebgen should be much easier to manage. After all, they are supposed to be managing water. Dropping the flows during run off, to fill the lake, means that someone wasn’t paying attention to the weather and the snowpack over the past month ro so. However, PPL did some very positive things this past winter: they ran the flows lower all winter therefore keeping the lake elevation higher to start the spring. They also are getting closer to actually finishing the repairs on the dam. Hopefully, in a year’s time, we will have a fully functioning dam once again….seven and half years from the time construction started.
Can you imagine if they would’ve run the lake down all the way down to their normal winter mark? Let’s not think about that….
Instead lets think about summer, trout fishing and the World Cup. Folks, it’s here. After a long winter the river is awake and is on the fringe of popping. Nymph fishing and the streamer bite has been good to great and fish are just beginning to look up towards the surface. Yesterday we floated the Madison for a little R & D to show BRF shop rat and Qtown native, Luke Mayfield, what’s in store for his first summer living in West Yellowstone. Luke’s been here for a month, but hadn’t fished or driven below $3 Bridge on the Madison. When we drove down and around Pine Butte, he was like, “wow, check out those gravel bars and islands.”
Ya man, there is a ton of fishy water on this river……
Today was the start of the greatest soccer tournament in the world and I couldn’t be more excited! For the next month, it will be hard to leave the house and go fishing, that’s for sure. The rules are simple, if you end up in the boat with me, ask me if I’ve see the outcome of a game before you tell me the outcome of a game. I realize that not everyone cares about this game, but I do and I love watching about as much as I love fishing. My playing days are long gone, but just the other night we got into a fine game of Asses Up…..it was too fun.
Stay tuned, the summer is just beginning.