False Spring – A Blessing In Disguise

Yellowstone River - Emigrant - February 2016
Yellowstone River – Emigrant – February 2016

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

It is mid-February, February 11th, 2016 to be exact. Here in SW Montana we’ve had five straight days of 40+ degree mild weather. Many of our overnight lows stayed above the freezing mark. When Bozeman’s February daily mean temperature is 25° and the average lows around 15°, a week in the 40s is a heat wave. Heat waves in mid-February have consequences, good and bad. The fly shops and outfitters are seeing renewed interest. A few are actually running guide trips on the Madison River. Of course the rivers are free of ice and in most places the shelf ice along the shoreline is gone or inconsequential. The waters are low and clear, albeit still very cold.

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