Changing of the Seasons
It’s officially been spring for nearly a month now and it’s really starting to feel that way: temperatures are creeping higher, lake ice is coming off, spring Baetis are getting going, we’ve been getting wet snow storms that melt within days, the days are getting longer, gophers (prairie dogs) have been running around for a few weeks now, spring hunting’s (turkey and black bear) are open, and we’re starting the get stocked up with new and old products alike. Snowpack across Montana is still above average to well above average (the Flathead basin is currently 147% and everything around here is above average too), so for the third year is a row we will enjoy all the benefits of a good water year; the only catch is a slightly longer runoff period. All in all things are looking good for the rest of the spring and the fantastic summer to come. So, stop on by before your next Montana adventure, or the check out some of the neat new products, or just for a little BS, the door’s open!
Also several of the west roads in Yellowstone National Park are supposed to open today at 8:00am. So, travel should be possible from the North to West entrances, and Old Faithful. This is a fantastic time to visit Yellowstone, especially if you’re looking for wolf or bear as their prey are still on the flats and it isn’t uncommon to see both near the roads. Fishing is still closed in the park until May 28th. Check YNP site for more road conditions and openings: http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/hours.htm