Moods of the Madison

As the tittle of this post would suggest, the Madison has been quite moody as of late.  Our famed hatches have started to dissipate and it feels that we are in the transitional stage from bug season to fur and terrestrial season. Our slower fishing has come throughout the mid day stretches with some sporadic to great action in the morning and evening hours. Though this consistency of fishing is normal for this time of year, it seems that after the hustle and bustle of "The 4th" the trout tend to take break from the all of the action. But they will soon be back! The weather conditions have been ideal around the valley to say the least. We have been seeing much cooler temperatures in the day which has been keeping water temperature cool and the trout healthy.

Fishing Report - Hoot Owl Closures

The warm weather we have experienced recently, combined wit this season's below average snowpack has led Montana FWP to place "Hoot Owl" closures on many S.W. Montana Trout Streams.  This means that they are closed to angling from 2 p.m. until midnight each day until conditions improve. In order to lift the restrictions, FWP will need to see the daily high water temperature stay below a certain level for several consecutive days along with a cooler weather forecast, which we currently have. So stay tuned....

Salmon Fly Update - 6/11/15

June in the Northern Rockies is a very special time of year. Blue skies, green grass, snowy peaks and Salmon Flies!! The hatch is happening on the Big Hole right now and anglers are reveleing in catching trout on big dry flies. Next up is the Madison! Typically the hatch doesn't start at town until sometime around June 20th to 25th. However, this year could be different. The dry and warm early spring had everything a couple of weeks ahead of schedule back in March and April. However, May brought about 5 weeks of cool rainly weather which seems to have brought things back into a more normal time frame.

"If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain."

With the much needed rain that SouthWest Montana has been getting recently, we've seen a signaficant spike in the the Madison River.  Flows are near 4,000 cfs at Varney Bridge and are giving the old girl a nice spring flush.  Here in Ennis the Madison River is big and brown-brown. That will move those fish to the banks to forage on all the stonefly nymphs in the drift.  Fishing these waters at this time of year can be as rewarding as it gets but you have to be willing get down and dirty! 0X tippet and a #4 Turd are the norm.  High-stick 'em through the big eddies and bank seams.


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