It’s the end of May, but you’d never know it here in Jackson Hole. We’ve had an incredibly cold, wet spring this year. In fact, just this week snow was falling and more is on the way, with another storm system predicted to hit Western Wyoming Sunday night. The snow pack stands at 237% of average and locals are concerned with the flooding that will most likely happen when temperatures warm and the snow begins melting.
It’s not uncommon to have this kind of weather at the end of May (seems that it always snows on Memorial Day), but it is uncommon to have so much snow sitting in the mountains (even the old timers I talk to seem baffled). Fortunately, it looks like sunshine is forecasted to arrive next week. Hopefully it does, as everyone in the valley is starting to go a little crazy.
Consequently, the fishing around here hasn’t been much to talk about. All major rivers are muddy and swollen, with lakes in the Tetons just starting to loose their ice. I’ve been getting out and focusing my attention on a few small streams that have remained fairly clear. The fish in them aren’t big, but they are pretty, and happily take flies. Yesterday, after teaching a cartooning project to high school biology students, my friend Matt and I fished a nice local stream. And while it was off color, we manage to catch a couple nice cutthroat trout on nymphs- a fitting end to the work week.
For now, I’m going to enjoy the three day weekend with Jamie and Sage; focusing my attention on family walks, playing some guitar and tinkering with fishing gear with hopes of nicer weather to come.