4th Annual Dirty River Guide Bash – Tonight!

4th Annual Dirty River Guide Bash

When: Tuesday, May 22 at 6 p.m.

Where: Montana’s Rib & Chop House, 305 East Park Street, Livingston

First off, thanks to everyone who made previous Dirty River Guide Bashes the talk of Southwest Montana. Last year 49 guides and outfitters attended and I expect even a bigger turn out this year. It could not have been done without the many local shops, businesses, and fishing reps making the party a success, so thanks again! Support was huge from local fly shops and industry affiliates. As most of you know, anglers provide a strong component to our local economy and guides are the ambassadors of many of our regions businesses.  All donations went to say thanks to the guys and gals who matter most in the fishing world… the guides.

Just like last year the Chop House will provide staffing, food, beer and the place to party for all guides, outfitters and shop folk. Like previous years, a raffle will be held for the guides featuring donated goods from local businesses. Also there will be some stuff for everyone and the first 50 guides will get a free grab bag of goodies as well.

Again please remember our primary goal is to acknowledge the guides and those in the fishing industry that are so important to our local community’s economy. The event is free to all guides, outfitters & shop employees.  Shop employees get free food & beer, not eligible for the raffle items. Feel free to bring along your significant other, but they are not eligible for the free food, beer and raffle items. Thanks for your time and hope to see you there.


Ryan Sones

General Manager

Montana’s Rib & Chop House

Snow Pack

For those of you that have been watching the snow pack closely in Yellowstone Country the good news is we will have great hopper fishing in August.  The bad news is that we still have to get through what is to come in June.  Check out the photos sent to us by Zach Pleshar.  The two shots were taken a year apart to the day in the same location from different angles near Cooke City, Montana.  Yowzer!

May 2011

May 2010

Yellowstone Snowpack Update

Here at Sweaty Waders we are all watching with great interest how this years massive snowpack will effect the Yellowstone River this summer.    Sweaty Waders and the Yellowstone River Report will keep you posted over the next month.  Our first installation of the Yellowstone Snowpack Update is an article from the Billings Gazette.

Big, late snowpack ready to melt

Snowpack in the mountains that feed the upper Yellowstone River basin on Tuesday held more water for this late in the year than any other year in recorded history.

Thanks to this week’s soggy storm system, 2011 surpassed 1997, the last major flood year in the basin, said Brian Domonkos, water supply specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The storm added as much as 1.6 inches of meltwater in some places, he said.

Overall snowpack is still not as high as the all-time deepest pack in 1997, he said, but the melt started a little earlier that year.

Meltwater this year is finally ready to come out, three to four weeks after it normally begins hitting Montana rivers and streams.

“It started to melt May 2 on the upper Yellowstone,” Domonkos said.

But a return of freezing temperatures above 7,000 feet halted the process. It is expected to regain momentum as temperatures warm this week, said Joe Lester, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Billings.

“We need it to melt,” Lester said. “The longer it stays on, the more problems we have.”

Warming will be moderate — 60s and 70s at lower elevations — meaning it will probably still freeze at night at higher elevations, he said. That could make for a nonthreatening, gradual melt.

“The worst case would be a lot of rain on the snow,” he said. “We’re not seeing that in the forecast. Or warming up really fast. I don’t see us warming up to the 80s and 90s, which sometimes happens this time of year.”

Domonkos said snowpack began turning statewide on Thursday. That’s the point when it reached the isothermal stage, meaning that the pack had achieved a uniform temperature in preparation for melting.

Normally, the pack starts melting first on the west side of the state, but this year the Yellowstone’s pack — late as it was — began melting a few days earlier.

Before the recent storm shut off the spigot, about 1.5 inches of meltwater had come down from the upper Yellowstone basin. Another 25.5 inches remains, Domonkos said. The upper Yellowstone is the stretch of river between Yellowstone National Park and Custer. About 5 percent of the meltwater in the lower Yellowstone basin melted during the same time.

The Musselshell basin lost about 1.5 inches, or 11 percent, of the 14 inches of meltwater holed up in the pack.

Earlier this month, NRCS released its May-through-July streamflow forecast, predicting streamflows statewide at 149 percent of average — 154 percent west of the Divide and 146 percent east of the Divide.

Forecast for the upper Yellowstone was 142 percent of average, and the lower Yellowstone was forecast at 138 percent of average.

The Smith-Judith-Musselshell was forecast for 178 percent of average.

Snowpack in some areas Tuesday stood at more than twice average amounts for this time of year. Domonkos said those figures were high partly because the snow has hung on so late in the spring. They do not reflect peak seasonal snowpack.

The upper Yellowstone, for instance, had 158 percent of its normal snowpack for May 10, but the basin’s peak snowpack for the season was 138 percent of its average peak.

The Bridges of Park County

Here at Sweaty Waders we are a safety first kind of operation. That is why we felt like it was time to update all of you floaters on the state of the bridges and boat ramps along the Yellowstone River.

After months of work the boat ramp at the 89 Bridge has reopened. Although it is a little on the muddy side it is up and running. In addition with the Bridge project on the 9th street Bridge has concluded we can once again float both channels down to Mayors landing.

Also new for 2011 is a new boat ramp at Point of Rocks. The new ramp is located on the West side of the River above the Bridge. There is not as much room to maneuver trucks and trailers but it will keep us from having to drive in river bed. For more updates on floating check out the Yellowstone River Report.

We Are The Champions, Of The World

Come on people, chest bumps all around for the 2010 Simms Fish Bowl Champs Sweetwater Fly Shop. After three years of heartache and defeat team captain Scott Schumacher led us to the light and finally got some free shit from Simms. Go Team!

Oh Mother…

The Yellowstone begins to change. First green, then olive, then brown then hopefully back to olive. Underneath its foam lines and riffles lies THE biomass, millions of Brachycentrus occidentalis (Mother’s Day Caddis). They are becoming restless in their little homes and with that comes restless trout. Soon the bio-mass will be released, and all hell will break loose until runoff comes to wash it all away.

Every year it’s the same. It slowly works its way into my psyche like a bad habit. I find myself staring at the river longer and longer, watching the Yellowstone slowly brew up its annual feast of bug soup. I begin to twitch a little. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I can no longer look at the bobber, or if I’m just tired of listening to the Serbian kid go on about how he only fishes during the week and hasn’t fished a nymph all spring. All I know is that Caddisflies mean two things: that winter really is over and I can now fish dry flies to big, gluttonous trouts. I will skip out on work and make excuses to my wife with the well polished justification that my binge will soon end and I will repent come high water.

Yes we reccommend streamer fishing!
Congratulations to Eric “the Serbian” Paramore for his monster brown caught near Livingston on Tuesday.  Eric deifnes the term “hardcore angler” and earns all the big fish he catches. Good job Eric!!
*Note:  Our blog shows big fish being held by the people that catch them.

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