News from Rock Creek…I guess it’s just about time to get this party started.  This Saturday (5/20) is opening day of fishing season.  That means the small streams will be open, AND that those of you that like to keep a few fish to eat will be able to do it.  Unfortunately, all the waterways are pretty high, and we haven’t seen the peak of runoff just yet.

We’ve had a bit of a tease these last several days…flow has been going down instead of up.  But don’t be fooled – there’s still 115% of normal snowpack in them thar hills!!!  Yesterday Georgetown Lake area received 12 inches of snow; we received about 4 inches.  The trees are all leafed out, so we’ve experienced broken branches, and power outages.  This year’s weather has been a doozy.

That’s about to change though, and we’ll be sneaking up to the 60’s over then next few days and then into the 70’s by next week.  Night time temps will be in the mid to upper 40’s – that will translate into another significant jump on the streamflow charts.

Okay, for those of you chomping at the bit to hear about the salmon fly hatch.  What we need to have is a week of 48 degree stream temperature to get that going.  We touched 48 degrees on May 11, but have been down in the lower 40’s since then.  The warm up will start with the warmer daytime and nighttime temps.  I don’t expect to see salmon flies until the first week in June, at the earliest.  It’s just that kind of year.

The next thing people are asking about are the newest cabin additions to our rental pool.  We are just finishing up with the inside of Big Hat No Cattle.  I will have some ‘sneak peak’ photos for you next week.  It’s turned out great, and will be a wonderful addition to the homes we have to offer.

Work has begun on the Valley of the Moon Homestead; we have offered the Guest Quarters for rent since 2012 and now the owner is preparing the main portion of the house for rental.  It has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, full kitchen, dining room and living room with fireplace.  This historic home was built in 1912 by the Lt. Governor of Montana.  The original woodwork and building layout is still in place, and we are excited to be able to offer it.  We’ll be posting pictures as soon as we can.

Be patient with us – we’re a small crew trying to accomplish alot in a short amount of time.  We had a winter that didn’t want to end, and a cold/wet spring.  If you weren’t aware, we had the 3rd coldest and 12th snowiest winter on record!  That caused our spring start-up to be delayed, but we’re persevering and things are coming into shape.

Even the bighorn sheep are behind schedule!  We haven’t seen a newborn lamb yet…but I know we will soon.

That’s it for today – I’ll check in again soon.

Deb