The Madison is still green and fishing quite well. How long will this last? Who knows, but the cold weather around here will slow down the snow melt and keep things fishing for a little while longer. I bet we get another week or so of great nymphing here on the Madison. More snow has fallen the past couple of days in the high country and this morning, there is a glaze of white on the Toyota. Some folks around here (my wife) are displeased with the cold weather and snow. As for me, well, I love it. The trout love it and all you should love it too. This cold front is here for the weekend as well; so if you are coming up to the area to fish, bring some layers, a few hand warmers, that thermos of yours and a rain jacket.
Angling in Yellowstone National Park opens this weekend! The Firehole is in great shape as is the Gibbon and Madison. The nasty weather forecasted should bring out the blue wings. This is a great time of the year to break out that 3 wt glass rod or that bamboo stick that you never fish. The rivers on the west side of YNP will be busy this weekend, but that is nothing new. If you don’t like the popularity of opening weekend, don’t forget that the Madison River below Quake Lake is fishing really well right now. Just cause you can’t see the bottom of the river doesn’t mean that the trout can’t see your fly.