Spring Snow

It’s a spring snow, not a winter snow, or a first snow:  Just a wet inch or two of snow.  So…that’s a spring snow, and it’ll be gone by this weekend, which promises to be a beautiful and warm.  This is, so far, a low water spring.  I’ve said that before, so I’m not making any predictions as to whether it will remain a low water spring.  As my friend John said in his annual, infamous, hatch-prediction email this morning:  “Might be an early season.  Might not.”

I’m ready for dry flies.  I’m ready for those first blue wing olives.  I’ve seen some stones.  I’ve seen a few trout rise.  But I’m ready for mayflies and floating lines.  To the point, in fact, that I’ve kind of graduated from the tying of dry flies to the organizing of the dry fly pack, the indoor wiggling of the dry fly rods, and checking to see where my floatant went.  I like fishing subsurface like I like a lot of things.  But I love dry fly fishing.  Knowing how close it is makes every day-lit minute more difficult.

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Jeff with ol’ pink cheeks

With getting ready for the upcoming season, I’ve been doing more work than fishing.  But…Katy and I made it out for a quick mid-morning foray today.  Her best fish was a whitefish, which we tried to get a picture of, but those things are slimy and STRONG and it shot from her hands like a bullet and back to the river.  We each managed some trout and got to enjoy the snow along the river for, hopefully, the last time.

The river is in really great shape considering the bulk of the snow pack has already melted.  I expect the river levels to rise through the weekend with the rest of the run-off and the ground thawing but I don’t think it’ll come up more than a few inches, or get all too dirty.  Many of the river accesses are now open and drive-able.  It’s not the season, or anything like that, but if you like to nymph and/or streamer fish, this is a good time to be on the water.

We have some cool things happening, some I hope to share next week.  In the meantime, our spring catalog is now at the printers.  To sign up, send us your mailing address.  If you received any of our previous catalogs, then you are already on our list.  If you haven’t, email me at [email protected] and we’ll get you signed up.

Thinking about March and April

Don’t know what this spring will bring other than there’ll be some fishing, and we’ll be open for it.  The pandemic left a lot of gaps in last spring, and those translated to some prime open spring slots in 2021, especially in April, for guide trips and rooms.  Plan for some great subsurface fishing while holding out hope for some afternoon dry fly fishing.  A diverse, and uncrowded, time on a trout stream.  Shoot me an email if you’d like to look into an early spring trip:  [email protected]

Good spring streamer fishing is here.  Guides and rooms available.  

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