Spring Storms Pump Up Snowpack

Hooray for Spring! While we always like to see these numbers continue to trend upward, the first week of spring did well bringing in much needed snowfall and ground soaking rains that have bolstered snowpack figures around the state. Most basins have climbed back into or above the 100% of normal range for their annual snow to water level equivalents . The upper Yellowstone basin is currently at 93% of normal having spent most of March closer to the eighty-sixth percentile. Suddenly we're seeing a return to our more typical wet Montana spring with decent prospects for more rain and snow to follow. While long term projections show above average temps in the Yellowstone region, they don't rule out a chance at precipitation levels equal to our annual norms for  April through June. Only time will tell how those projections play out, for now the colder temps have kept river flows tracking as normal while the clarity remains perfectly fishy.

 

UPPER YELLOWSTONE RIVER BASIN 

 Beartooth Lake           9360   16.5    20.8     79    17.0    18.6     91  

 Box Canyon               6670    7.4     8.6     86    11.2    11.9     94

 Brackett Creek           7320   20.5    18.6    110    25.2    23.7    106

 Burnt Mtn                5880    1.7     4.4     39     9.8    11.8     83

 Canyon                   7870   10.7    12.3     87    13.1    15.4     85

 Cole Creek               7850    8.5    13.2     64     9.9    11.8     84

 East Boulder Mine        6335    3.0      -M       *   10.2      -M       *

 Evening Star             9200   24.8    23.9    104    27.3    25.8    106

 Fisher Creek             9100   28.0    29.7     94    25.1    30.2     83

 Monument Peak            8850   17.8    18.5     96    20.3    20.4    100

 Northeast Entrance       7350    7.4     9.7     76    11.3    11.6     97

 Parker Peak              9400   19.6    18.6    105    20.1    16.7    120

 Placer Basin             8830   13.7    16.2     85    14.9    17.8     84

 Porcupine                6500    4.8     5.8     83    10.6    11.2     95

 Sacajawea                6550   14.1    14.4     98    23.1    20.9    111

 Shower Falls             8100   19.0    20.4     93    22.8    21.8    105

 S Fork Shields           8100   13.6    15.1     90    20.6    18.9    109

 Sylvan Lake              8420   17.5    19.0     92    22.6    21.1    107

 Sylvan Road              7120    8.3    11.1     75    14.9    16.0     93

 Thumb Divide             7980   14.3    15.0     95    14.9    17.6     85

 Two Ocean Plateau        9240   26.1    25.4    103    24.4    25.9     94

 White Mill               8700   22.2    21.4    104    21.0    22.5     93

 Wolverine                7650    9.4     9.0    104    11.9    11.5    103

 Younts Peak              8350   14.1    14.0    101    13.0    15.0     87

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                Basin Index (%)                                                         93                                           97

 

90 Day Precipitation Outlook Apr May Jun 2016

 

Blue wings are out in better numbers, where you get them fish are working them hard, look for them around 2pm mid valley through Livingston.  Midges are present over more water than the olives and have gotten smaller with 20's to 24's lining up with the naturals. Weather today and tomorrow should promote good action on the olives and streamers. Streamers have been doing best a bit further downstream. Nymphing with baetis nymphs like PT's and Lightning Bugs trailed behind a rubberlegs is a good way to go. Mix it up and swing some soft hackles when you see fish reacting to emergers.


Dustin Gaines and a quality meat eater  
 
Streamer patterns in black, olive, white and hot-head buggers in black and olive have all been doing well when not worked too aggressively. Rocky ambush points and the insides below shelves are the most consistent areas to get solid grabs although more fish are beginning to investigate streamers near the banks and along cliff walls.

 

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