On May 1st, 2010, the gravel roads around Hebgen Lake were opened back up to vehicular travel. The Madison Arm is free of ice. The bison have been using these roads for over a month, so watch out! Have I been on the lake you ask??? Hell no, well a little. I drove out two days ago, fished a black streamer, and the wind was ripping. White-caps, three footers. Total bullshit. Didn’t touch a fish. I did however drink a few beers and play Chuck’it with the hounds. Right now at 5:30 pm, the wind is kicking hard. 70 mph was recorded earlier this afternoon around Ashton, ID. The lodgepoles in the backyard are bending into their trunks….like a flyrod loading.
We are only 12 days away from the General Season Opener here in southwest Montana. When the Madison opens on May 15th, it should still be clear and super fishy. These trout ate flies extremely well this past winter, even dry flies, so get ready for an amazing couple of weeks. IT WILL BLOW OUT AT SOME POINT……but who knows when. Even in the mud, the Upper still fishes.
Molly will be glad when the pile of gear in the garage is gone. Laying out my shit before a long trip is definitly a trait that I inherited from the male side of my family. I call it,” just being prepared for the worst.” Afterall, snow is in the forecast for next week too. Thank god for new waders, I have a feeling that we are going to live in our gore-tex day in and day out.