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Sunday, March 29, 2009
This year was the coldest weather they had fished in and Jack said it was the coldest water temperatures he had ever guided on. There was ice everywhere but the trout, including the Bitterroot native cutthroat you see Dusty holding, still came up to their dry flies. For this fish, Dusty used one of Banjo Jack's Skwalla Dry Flies.
For more photos see the slideshow below. Hopefully, Dusty and others will send us some of the photos from their cameras. When they do, I will update the slideshow. Check back in a few days.
Choose View Album to see the photos in a new, larger window, then choose the slideshow option to view in full screen mode.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
The air temperature starts out in the upper 30 degree range, about 11 am or 12 pm it climbs over 40 degrees. Today's high is forecasted at 52 degrees with the high-overcast sky.
There is no water temperature gage on the Florence measuring station but the upper river water temperature is hovering around 37 degrees.
Click graph below to visit USGS website for water data near Florence MT (north of Tucker Crossing).
Discharge, cubic feet per second
Most recent instantaneous value: 982 cfs, 03-28-2009 12:45
Based on Mountain Data from NRCS SNOTEL Sites
As of SATURDAY: MARCH 28 , 2009
BASIN ELEV. SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT % - TOTAL PRECIPITATION %
Data Site Name (Ft) Current Average Avg - Current Average Avg
BITTERROOT RIVER BASIN - click link to go to complete report
DALY CREEK (5780) 101% - 112%
LOLO PASS (5240) 92 - 90
NEZ PERCE CAMP (5650) 101 - 112
SADDLE MTN. (7940) 92 - 88
SKALKAHO SUMMIT (7250) 87 - 97
TWELVEMILE CREEK (5600) 109 - 109
TWIN LAKES (6400) 101 - 102
Basin wide percent of average,
Snow Water Equivilant 97% and Total Precipitation 100%
Friday, March 27, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
The fish are feeding and believe it or not, we like a little cloud cover (which we are getting). If the sun is out, it might feel a little warmer, but it is too bright for the fish to want to feed. The wind is the big comfort factor, if it comes up, it feels much colder. Dress in layers, go out for shorter floats, bring hot liquids and you can experience some great fishing!
See the slideshow below for a few photos taken from March 19 through 23. Jack has been fishing with John Hickman, Jeff Rogers, John Wilson, and Marshall Bloom. It is a nice start to our 2009 season. Tomorrow we have a group coming in from San Diego. Let's hope we get a little warmer weather as is predicted. The Bernard group has been coming for years and they always catch fish! They will be staying as usual at the Bitterroot River Lodge.
To see our webpage with links to USGS streamflow information go to http://www.wapiti-waters.com/stream.htm.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Terry Nobles has been fishing with Jack for "I don't know how long." He is a good friend and has contributed to the Bitterroot area as a conservationist for longer than I have know him. We went to visit Terry yesterday.
I was amazed at two of his collections. One is of model airplanes. He has many and as a pilot, flew every kind of plane in his collection. He also is an avid reader and has walls of books. He said he is slowly downsizing so he gifted two books (not the first time) to Jack. See the photo to the left.
Trout Fishing by Joe Brooks, published in 1972
Trout, the Fisherman's Bible by Ray Bergman, published in 1970.
Our friend, John Bolton, wrote a story about Terry Nobles called A Bitterroot Morning.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Yesterday, Jack and I planned to go fishing. It was cold and windy so we opted to do some work on gear and vehicles. We have been working with Parts Unlimited for years and they provide such great service, we decided to let you all know about them.
1829 US Highway 93 N
Victor, MT 59875
Toll Free: 800-642-3405
In these days of recycling and an economic crunch, this business makes sense. They recycle parts, provide a cost savings and excellent professional service, and stimulate our local economy! Check them out, you will be glad you did.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Next week, the weather is predicted to warm up to near 50 degrees. That is nice, not TOO warm. We are planning to scout the river and we have a few fishing dates on the calendar, too. The end of March and April are booking up nicely. We will be posting blogs to show you how the fishing shapes up.
In honor of old man winter, here are some photos of our last ski days. We hiked/climbed to get to the snow, but it was worth it! Soon, we will be sitting in the boat and there won't be as much time for cardio-fitness.
Some days we used touring ski's other days we used backcountry gear. We are fortunate to live in the Bitterroots. Great outdoor fun all year long.
Yesterday was cold, about 17 to 20 degrees, but the sun was brilliant. That might have been our last mountain snow day.
Monday, March 9, 2009
The next two photos are from the same day and taken at Woodside Crossing looking north. As a side note, there is a great trail provided by Teller Wildlife Refuge. It is well used for exercise and nature walks.
The snowy photo was taken March 8th of Gash Creek in the Bitterroot Mountains west of Victor, MT while we were cross country skiing. We just had a few days of snow and cooler weather. It is wonderful to see more precipitation stored in the mountains for later run-off into our rivers and streams.