Comin Down

The river crested yesterday at almost 8000 cfs. It’s kinda funny as the bioligists had said earlier they would like to see a flow between 7 and 8 grand to give the river a good flushing. It definitely got a good flushing and still is. All unwanted debris along the banks in our part of the country is now heading for the Missouri and points beyond.

A couple hours ago Amos and I did our walk and inspection tour of the river. It has definitely dropped and the visibility on the banks is getting close to that magic foot and a half.

There is a heavy snow advisory above 6000 feet with up to 10 inches predicted for tonight and tomorrow.
My crystal ball tells me (since I got it back from the repair shop) that the river will continue to drop despite the new snow and will start to fish again in a couple days.
The flows will remain high for some time but with the river dropping and banks clearing it’s time to check it out.

Word of warning……with flows at this level it’s not a time for beginners or wannabes with their new discount float boats to be tryin the river. Also the pump station dam by my house at this time is non portagable. The flow is so high now is would swamp your boat immediately where we normally portage.


  1. Well our group here in PA made our annual trek to our “mountains” and caught some fish, ate some good food, had some cold drinks around the campfire and what do you think we talked about more often than not while we were there? Andros and our trip next March.

    Even so much that for one nights meal we had rice and brown beans with the fire grilled steaks. A couple cold Kaliks and a Hanky Panky or three would have washed it down perfectly but we seemed to manage just fine.

    The global warming thing has yet to hit here in PA. We went two weeks later than normal yet had wetter, colder temps than we normally have the first weekend in May. Go figure.

    Take care Al…..

  2. Remember not to focus too much on “global warming”.. Rather stay focused on “climate change”. That is worth paying attention to. Anyway when is the last time an earthquake killed so many people. Disasters will continue to be exacerbated, all being affected by man, as climate continues to change.
    Thats what my crystal ball says. On a positive note: Less rainfall and warmer temps mean the glaciers will melt and that could give the rivers a little boost so perhaps that will keep the flows up for when there is a below average snow pack year (like the past nine years). Thankfully, though, this year we will not have to be concerned about that. That is, of course, until July and August records consistent temps over 100 degrees.
    Either way I will be hoping for the best with trout and fishing conditions..

  3. Global warming, climate change, it’s all real.

    One big problem is “shifting baselines.” Look at the longterm history (which is really very shortterm–going back barely 200 years to Lewis & Clark), and a winter/spring like this is pretty normal in Montana.

    But we have experienced ten very warm, very dry years, and so this year looks like the Pleistocene is returning.

    What short-memoried ninnies are we humans of Industrial Age European descent!

    I camped a few days earlier this week, and thought, wow, it’s really wet and cool this year. But then I read through my journals of the 1990s, which described big snow drifts and constant snow squalls in the area I was camping. Funny, I’d forgotten.

    Kind of like grayling, cutthroats, and other native fish/wildlife. Ten years after they are gone, will anyone remember or care?

  4. any of those houses near the river get wet?? let me know if the Walter Baits do any good

  5. The libs morphed Man caused global warming” into “global warming” and now they have morphed it again into “climate change”. They had to have a good phrase to use to blame man for warming or cooling since their “well established universal agreement” “science” hasn’t figured out if we are warming or cooling or whatever, let alone what the cause is. When their “science” figures a way to explain how man caused warming on Mars, Venus and Jupiter, then I might accept it as real science.

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