Yes, I know, It’s been awhile. So here’s the down and dirty. The fishing is ok, but not off the carts. There is a blizzard of caddis in the bushes and the fish don’t seem to care. I’m seeing increasing numbers of golden stones, so things should be looking up, literally and figuratively. The PMD’s have been spotty and infrequent. So it’s been a game of try this bug for awhile and then try something different. And the truth be told, I/we have not been exploring the depths with nymphs and split-shot, my folks have simply not wished to do that and that’s ok with me.
As we enter into the dog days of summer, all area streams are dropping into safe and wade-able conditions. When you’re walking about out there, you will soon notice that the grass is loaded with grasshoppers. Lots of itty bitty’s right now, but they are growing by the day. The weather for the near future (90’s and wind) suggest that smart fisher folks will be packing a diversity of hopper imitations, small ones now, big ‘ens later. It’s not often I get on the hopper band wagon since most folks in the trade use the storied hopper fishing as a marketing tool more so than a reality check, but this year’s gonna be different. Last years was good, but this year is gonna be real good. Ladies and gentlemen, start your tying!
One last fishing observation. I’ve not been seeing the volume of river traffic that one might consider normal. I’ve not seen the throngs of out of area outfitters. To be sure, some locals are still out there and you will not be by yourself, but the elbow space has been lovely. As I suggested earlier in one of these bloggy things, the Summer of 2020 has felt somewhat like a 1990’s throwback year. And I’m ok with that as well.
And one final thought: The virus ain’t a hoax folks. Montana Gov. Bullock has mandated a masking order when folks are within confined spaces or when social distancing can’t be achieved. The science is pretty damn clear, mask aren’t bullet proof protection, but they significantly reduce conveyance. As I’m chatting with perspective clients, those who suggest this is all BS find that their desired dates are suddenly unavailable. Thus I’m screening folks. Maybe that sounds harsh, but I think not. Taking simple steps to decrease the chances of conveyance is respectful of myself, my family, my friends and just as importantly, you the next guy or gal in my boat or truck or in my face. You don’t know who I’ve been cavorting with and I know not with whom you have done the same. So let’s make a deal. You keep your droplets and I’ll keep mine. And that’s what mask do, problem solved. The good news is that once we enter into mother nature, off come the mask and everyone can see your pretty face….. maybe not.
So, if you call for a trip, please be advised of the above information and don’t be surprised when I whip out a forehead thermometer and check your “normal” before we even get going. Can’t be too careful and can’t be too respectful of others ….. and that’s the way we roll.