I’ve written about the Firehole Rangers’ annual pilgrimage to our namesake river so many times that there’s really little left to say, especially given the nature of the trip. It’s a trip of traditions with very few changes year to year—just the way we like it. That having been said, there are a few known changes this year.
Here is what we know will be different about the trip:
- For the first time in 5 years, Morris’ Soccer Mom Van will not make the trip this year because it was finally put out to pasture. No longer will the Rangers be traveling in comfortable shame.
- We’re fishing the Missouri on Day 1, on our way to West Yellowstone.
- On Day 4 we’re fishing some as-of-yet-to-be-determined river around Twin Bridges.
- We are not stopping to fish
ShitRock Creek on our way home. Thank gawd.
Here’s what we know will be the same about the trip:
- We’re staying at the Ho Hum. We anticipate the presence of cats.
- We will encounter hoards of tourists in Yellowstone. We still don’t consider ourselves tourists because we’re there to fish.
- We’re fishing the Firehole on Day 2. Water looks to be a bit high this year which may or may not affect the catch rate.
- We’re fishing the Madison on Day 3. It will be higher this year than in the past 2-3 years. I’ve done better than usual the last 2-3 years.
- The trip will be be over before we know what happened. By the time we return home we’ll already have begun looking forward to next year.
A few unknown things to ponder as we prepare for our departure:
- Jimmy is a man of many hats. How many will he bring this year and how many will he purchase on the trip? Bonus question: what will his new shoes look like?
- How many fish will Marck catch on the Firehole? More than 40 but less than 273?
- How many fish will Goose catch on the Madison? More or less than one but fewer than two?
- Will the UA catch more, or fewer, fish than Goose on the Madison?
- After Nash’s post-trip surgery last year to sew his bleeding nose closed, will he be able to smell the cats of the Ho Hum? The only way to find out is to assign him the task of checking us in this year.
- This marks Morris’ 5th year as a Rookie Ranger. Will he finally finish an entire meal and be granted veteran, Big Boy Ranger status?
- How many tourists will be observed doing stupid things with regard to wildlife?
- Will it rain, snow and shine on us within the same day while in the Park?
If you care to take a stab at answering those 8 questions, there may or may not (probably the latter) be a prize for the commenter with the most correct answers. But you have to leave a comment on the blog—NOT in an email—prior to our return from the pilgrimage. If you subscribe via email to the UA, simply click on the headline (which is a link to the website). Read it there—on the website. Click to leave a comment. It’s that easy.
And so we ride…