Originally Posted by cupido76
I'm thinking about trying to do this on my way back from the yampa later this month. I'm off the yampa on Friday may 20th and probably couldn't get to Melrose until mid day on the Saturday, but could be set up for a float on Sunday.
Anyone interested in joining me?
If not, is there a taxi or shuttle service someone can recommend in the area?
And does anyone know if the hitching post would be open Sunday evening for dinner and drinks? I'd likely be camping in Melrose that night.
I am hoping to be on the Smith that weekend, so I hope I can't be there. If that falls through and I'm not working I will be there. That is very likely to be during the salmon fly hatch. Everything will be open and it will be packed. The bad news is, some of the stretches are closed to out of state fishing on certain days. Make sure you look at the regs when you float (and fish). I believe your fine if your not fishing, but I'd ask to be sure. I'm almost certain that the divide to Melrose section is closed to out of state float fishing on Sundays. I'm not sure about the canyon stretch (Jerry Creek to Divide) but I think it's open all the time (not as popular of a fishing stretch).
Each fly shop has a shuttle service. I like the shop in Divide better then either in Melrose but it really doesn't matter which you use. The bar will be open, there's the one (hopefully 2, if the old timer is still kicking at the melrose bar) in Melrose, another in Dewey and 2 in Wise River. Plenty of burgers and beers in that 25 or so miles of river.
Have a great Yampa trip and enjoy Montana on your way through. Good Luck!
Hopefully we can still make this get together happen, but I was trying to do it in mid April because there is always a lot more going on by May....then it's summer and people are swamped.... My schedule seems to be slowing down, maybe I can put something together in the next month or so.