• PARTNER: PROTECT YOUR WATERS
  • Go To: THE FLIES OF YELLOWSTONE
  • Go To: YELLOWSTONE FISHING WEATHER
  • Go To: YELLOWSTONE FLY FISHING MAPS
  • Visit: The Trout Underground
  • Visit: Moldy Chum
  • Visit: Buster Wants To Fish
  • Visit: The Horse's Mouth
  • Visit: Chi Wulff
  • Visit: Parks' Fly Shop
  • Visit: Montana Cowgirl
  • Monday, April 21, 2014

    Weather Eye

    MADISON LOOKING GOOD
    That's For Now
    just lovin' the warm

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    .. The depth of snow is encouraging. The current few days of warmth is pleasant. The snow will melt. The water will rise. We will fret and the fish will swim. All is well with the world.


    Hydrologic Outlook

    ...WARMER TEMPERATURES EARLY THIS WEEK TO BE FOLLOWED BY THE 
    POTENTIAL FOR WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION AND RAIN ON SNOWPACK BY MID 
    WEEK... 
    WARMER TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED EARLY THIS WEEK BEFORE A PERIOD OF 
    COOLER AND WETTER CONDITIONS BY THE MIDDLE TO LATER PART OF THE 
    WEEK. AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES THROUGH TUESDAY WILL CLIMB INTO THE 60S 
    AT LOWER ELEVATIONS AND INTO THE 40S AND 50S IN THE MOUNTAINS. 
    OVERNIGHT LOWS AT MID-ELEVATIONS WILL REMAIN ABOVE FREEZING EACH 
    NIGHT. THIS WILL CAUSE AN INCREASE IN MOUNTAIN SNOWMELT WITH RISING 
    WATER LEVELS ANTICIPATED ON CREEKS...SMALL STREAMS AND RIVERS. 
    A PERIOD OF WETTER CONDITIONS IS EXPECTED BY MID TO LATE WEEK. AT 
    THE ONSET OF PRECIPITATION ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON...SNOW LEVELS 
    BETWEEN 7500 AND 8500 FEET INDICATE THAT RAIN MAY FALL ON TOP OF 
    MOUNTAIN SNOWPACK AND INCREASE THE RATE OF SNOWMELT. WITH COOLER AIR 
    MOVING IN WEDNESDAY...PRECIPITATION WILL CHANGE TO ALL SNOW AND 
    REMAIN SNOW THROUGH THE END OF THE WEEK. 
    THE SITUATION WILL CONTINUE TO BE MONITORED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER 
    SERVICE. RESIDENTS ALONG RIVERS...STREAMS...AND CREEKS SHOULD 
    PREPARE FOR RISING WATER LEVELS...AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION IF 
    WATERWAYS EXCEED BANKFULL.
    LINK
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    WALLPAPER:  CHERRY TART

    Friday, April 18, 2014

    Some Sun

    WHAT'S SHAKIN' ?
    Park Opens On Time
    temblors arrive with visitors
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    .. Several of our many micro earthquakes arrived today throughout the park along with the visitors, on this brightly overcast and blustery opening day of YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK.
    .. Film at eleven.
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    Saturday, April 12, 2014

    Bluster Arrives

    WEEK ONE LOOMS
    Enter Spring And Sproing
    typical weather to greet visitors
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    .. Come Friday a few of our neighbors and some other folks from around our neighborhood will enter Yellowstone National Park to inaugurate this years "Warm Season."
    .. They will be greeted with our standard Spring mix: a bit of rain, some light snow, multi-directional winds, gray and heavy clouds, and infrequent bits of sunlight stabbing through the broken clouds.
    .. Some services will be available. Most will not. All of the west side roads will be mostly free of snow. Some byways and pull outs will still be knee deep with decaying snow and fallen trees.
    .. The dead and dying critters that litter the valley floors will have ravens, eagles, wolves, bobcats, and bears feeding on them.
    .. A few fishers, (ourselves included,) will be peering into the depths of the high water in the rivers and creeks. There will not be much to be learned but we do it anyway. We do it to anticipate the fishing yet to come. We do it to remember fishing long past. We do it because we are sucked into running water. And we do it because it's there.
    .. At some point during the next 10 or 12 days the clouds will lift. At some point sun will paint the snow dappled landscape with warm bright light. The winds may slow and the snow will begin to melt in earnest.
    .. Lucky tour groups and the neighbors will rush the gate and lug piles of photographic gear to capture some "Spring Photos." Some of our neighbors will drag the kids out of school and have a picnic in the snow or on a vacant bench. We hope to catch that first bright and sunny day.
    .. Spring runs a close second to Fall as the finest time to visit Yellowstone National Park. The crowds have not yet arrived. Critters of all sorts are still in the valleys where the roads and rivers are - AND - the snow is thinning. Young of the year frolic in the snow and mud. The fresh feeling of a new season is upon the land and in the air.
    .. Come Friday a birth happens. We will be there.
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    Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Q.E.D.

    ὅπερ ἔδει δεῖξαι

     P.S. The Madison River at West Yellowstone, Montana is approaching record runoff levels.

    Wednesday, April 09, 2014

    Previews of Upcoming Attractions

    So, What's Next
    Roller Coaster Weather
    fictions and fantasies abound
    TIME TO GEAR UP
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    .. The neighbors are having visions ranging from wildly optimistic to depressed gloom. What will our runoff event bring to us? This week of 50's and near tropical nights brings about remembrances of days past. No fishing until July? Quick and dirty - then mid-May ecstasy. What is in the crystal ball?
    .. After a few years of worrying about our snowpack the worries are now turning to speculation about river discharge as our weather flings surprise after surprise at us. Predictions are almost always incorrect. Yet, we try and we listen, and we speculate.
    THE FLY OF THE HOUR
    .. Lowland fishers are already enjoying spectacular catching and enjoying the occasional surface bugs with warm breezy days and salubrious nights as Spring slashes rapidly through the valleys.
    .. The neighbors are quickly deserting our recently cleared streets for local and distant catching opportunities. At the moment; as we speak and breath, pre-runoff fishing is about as good as it gets - and that's no poop.
    .. The "WHAT IF" factor figures heavily in neighborhood behavior at this time of year. What if we get another three feet of snow? What if it stays warm for three weeks straight? What if the Spring rains are warm and persistent? What if it turns cold and the rains are delayed? Make hay while . . .
    .. Another excellent analysis of the "WHAT IF" factor is presented over at the Parks' Fly Shop website. CLICK RIGHT HERE for possible scenarios and keep a weather eye on the waters.
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    AT LEAST THE STREETS ARE SNOW FREE

    Monday, April 07, 2014