Wow, we are having one hell of a winter for the second year in a row. Unfortunately for the die hard anglers there hasn't been many fishing opportunities for the last month. Below zero temps and post-holing waist deep to reach the river isn't most peoples cup of tea. We don't even bother to go out fishing when the weather doesn't cooperate.
Your probably wondering what we do during the heart of winter. We all have hobbies besides fishing to keep us from getting "Cabin Fever", and we have begun to see people showing signs. Wally and Chris love to go bowling to pass the time. I've been breaking trails in Yellowstone Park to some secluded areas to Telemark ski. Mostly on the west side of the Park on the way to West Yellowstone. The snow depth there in the meadows is 6 to 8 feet deep. On each trail I've broke I have dug a snow solarium to hang out. They keep you out of the wind and collect enough sunlight to warm you. On a sunny day you can be in a T-shirt. This weekend I am going to make a snow cave to be able to shelter from the storms. It has snowed almost every day for a month from Specimen Creek to West Yellowstone. If your into backcountry skiing, stop by the shop, I can give you some places to go and give you a heads up on snow conditions. I learned from the best when I worked at Old Faithful Snow Lodge and was a member of the Search and Rescue team, I won't put you in a dangerous situation.
All work and no play will make Johnny go CRAZY! I think this holds true for everyone, more so during winter. Luckily it is almost March and we usually see a change in the weather to start fishing regularly. And remember that all this snow is key for late summer fishing.
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