Summer Outlook Update 6/1/14
Conditions are less than ideal right now, but there are still some good fishing opportunities if you know where to look. Cooler nights have the rivers coming down a little, but the clarity probably won’t improve much. We just got done with our first big push of runoff, but the rivers aren’t done yet. There is still a lot of snow in the mountains, so expect flows to rise again. All the drainages around SW Montana are between ~120-140% of average snowpack, which means that there should be plenty of water for the whole summer.
No promises, but if I had to put money on it right now I would expect the Madison to start fishing well later in June and the Gallatin not long after. The Yellowstone on the other hand will be awhile, let’s say mid July. Some of the tributaries are running clean right now and the rest should clear up before the big rivers. Lakes are also a good retreat during high water and produce some fantastic Callibaetis hatches during this time. If you’re looking at booking your summer trout adventure then anytime after the last week in June should be good to go with some clean water.