As many of our customers know, 2017 was an off year for me since I had open heart surgery on July 7th. When all was said and done it added up to two bypasses, a valve replacement ( I am now part cow ), a valve repair, a stent and installation of a pacemaker. I was in the hospital for eight days, pretty much completely out of play for a month, and on very limited duty for the remainder of the season.
Thanks to my great crew who all stepped up to fill the gaps we weathered the season and managed to meet all or our commitments. I spent a good deal of the fall and winter in rehab and am now in better shape than any time in the last three or four years.
With parts of three days in the field I am happy to report that I am now officially back in the saddle. Kody Marr, our new staff member this year, and I took a few pokes at the Firehole and spent a bit more time on the Gibbon May 30th during an orientation tour. We had our best results on the Gibbon. I got 3 browns including one about 13 inches in the hour or so we spent and then got out just ahead of a rain squall. Trevor Robbins, new last year and a huge help, and I were out with a beginner family June 13th on a half day guide trip. This was Trevor’s first ever guide trip and my first since the fall of 2016. A good time was had by all except the several brook trout landed by the clients.
On the next day Kody and I went to check out one of our favorite little creeks for beginner trips in the park. Access to the creek is complicated by the major road construction project between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris so mission #1 was to figure out a practical way to get kids to the water. Despite it really being still too high and too cold we ended up with about a dozen brookies ranging from just under 4 inches to about 9 inches which is about the usual range for this stream. Conditions on our northern park streams are improving as the spring runoff ends and will be getting better with each passing day.