Sunday morning coming down

It’s getting to be to regular a pattern around here this spring to wake up every Sunday morning to few inches of snow. Nature could time that a little better by a day either way. It’s moisture though and as always the rancor this time of year sooner or later ends up landing on the subject of water, snow pack, river flows, drought and fire season. So, where March seemed a little thin in the moisture column- April seems to be helping shore up some of the short fall. At the end of March (spring break, Easter- usually good for a blizzard) flows got a pretty good shot for a week or so but then the weather gods slammed on the brakes with cooler temperatures and we’re kinda sitting here waiting  for the deluge that is likely to come any day now. Looking at the snow pack for today it appears we’re in pretty good shape going into what is probably the final death throes of winter in the high country. The next few weeks will tell the story for summer flows.

MONTANA SNOTEL Snow Water Equivalent Update Graph

As of SUNDAY: APRIL 21 , 2013

Basin Snow Water Equivalent Percent of Average
KOOTENAI RIVER BASIN 109%
FLATHEAD RIVER BASIN 110%
UPPER CLARK FORK RIVER BASIN 93%
BITTERROOT RIVER BASIN 96%
LOWER CLARK FORK RIVER BASIN 102%
JEFFERSON RIVER BASIN 91%
MADISON RIVER BASIN 95%
GALLATIN RIVER BASIN 102%
MISSOURI HEADWATERS 95%
HEADWATERS MISSOURI MAINSTEM 94%
SMITH, JUDITH, AND MUSSELSHELL RIVER BASINS 103%
SUN, TETON AND MARIAS RIVER BASINS 104%
MISSOURI MAINSTEM RIVER BASIN 102%
ST MARY AND MILK RIVER BASINS 131%
UPPER YELLOWSTONE RIVER BASIN 97%
WIND RIVER BASIN (WYOMING) 92%
SHOSHONE RIVER BASIN (WYOMING) 95%
BIGHORN RIVER BASIN (WYOMING) 100%
TONGUE RIVER BASIN (WYOMING) 92%
POWDER RIVER BASIN (WYOMING) 113%
LOWER YELLOWSTONE RIVER BASIN 96%

Blistered Trout on the Bighorn

I missed this from last year, a story on high nitrogen levels below the dam on the Bighorn blistering the Brown trout population. And then more apparent repercussions from the effects of the blistering this winter. The later is a FWP press release so you have to read further to finally get to whats really going on. The gist seems to be that Browns that suffered from blistering were made more susceptible to the subsequent fungus outbreak. And while they make a good show for numbers (which is what they’re all about- real, imagined, or invented) it’s bound to have some impact on the Brown populations, especially older adult males?.

Fish Porn

Last but not least, some fresh fishing porn from Montana Fly Fishing Magazine. Always nice to get a new round of fish photos and commentary from the locals locos.

 

 

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by Wayne Mumford March 27, 2013

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by Wayne Mumford February 22, 2013

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