Good news folks! Yesterday, Governor Bullock announced the State of Montana will be moving into Phase II of our Reopening Plan. Embarking on Phase II of the reopening plan includes lifting the 14-day out-of-state travel quarantine on June 1st. Truth be told, the original Phase II provision included continuation of the 14 day quarantine, but the Gov modified that and eliminated the requirement under the revised Plan. Thus we are open for business to non-resident fisher folks as long as we implement CDC recommended social distancing practices. This year will be a little funky and we’ll adjust as we go depending on any new data, information, or Governor’s directives. I’ll likely be taking personnel temperatures, offering use of mask, using lots of sanitizer, and asking you to complete a risk acknowledgement form before we hit the stream. All responsible outfitters have been asked to do the same by the Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana (FOAM) of which I am a member. As draconian as that sounds, I will not be asking you to shoot up with either Lysol or Chlorox. (Just kidd’n folks, during these times, humor helps, even if it’s bad humor.)
Helpful Hint: Since the beginning of the viral experience, many previously scheduled trips have been cancelled for obvious reasons. I’m not sure how many, but it’s been a bunch. In that respect, RFO is no different that other fly fishing outfitter in the Treasure State. Which means that those who do continue with their vacation and fishing plans will likely experience much less river traffic than usual during the height of the upcoming summer season. Might just feel like a throwback to the Eighties out there this summer. I’m ok with that!
And now for the fishy talk. Going, going, gone ……. Due to the high temperatures we have been experiencing, area creeks and rivers are up and ripp’n. If you look at the USGS hydro-graphs, they all look like we’re building a stairway to heaven. And thus we are now into the run-off season. There are still a few options for fishing but they are limited. Last week the fishing was good with a plethora of bugs. (Should have been here last week). But the good news is that I do not anticipate a long or unusually high runoff this year, at least that is what my crystal ball is telling me now. As in all things, that might change. However, I think we’ll be floating and fishing the rivers come the last of June or the first-ish of July.
And now for the non fishing news.
It’s time for these. Cottonwood and Aspen stands are where they’re at. Much like toilet paper, they don’t last long …..