After a very long winter that left us with more snow than most of us can remember in recent history, we are left with fantastic water condition prospects for the summer. In the meantime, as the snow melts after 6 months of accumulating, we’re dealing with run off and the unpredictability that it brings. As a guide, this time of year brings with plenty of anxiety as it’s hard to predict conditions from one day to the next. Ironically, it’s that very concept – not knowing what to expect – which makes this one of the most exciting times of year on the river as well. Either way, we have a lot of water this year – which is much better than the other way around.   After a very good, cold but good, spring on the Yellowstone and Madison, I’ll be spending the bulk of my time on the Missouri below the Holter Dam between now and the end of June. Though flows are the dam are high and getting higher, and tributaries such as Prickly Pear Creek and the Dearborn River are high and off color, the river is fishing well and will just get better in the weeks ahead as water temperatures rise.