One of the many great things about being in Ennis is the ability to fish whenever you get a chance, even if it just for a few casts. The Madison River offers amazing fish in some of the most unique spots, some of the runs or holes look like they wouldn't even hold a 6 incher and BAM giant browns! This amazing fishery will surpise you at all times and on more than one occation humble even the best of us. After working almost 10 hours in the shop and constantly dreaming of fish, Stew Lewis went out and stung this beauty 21" Brown Trout in some of the skinniest water out there. These are the ones that keep you coming back.
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.
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....
"There will be days when the fishing is better than one's most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home."
~ Roderick Haig-Brown
"Life was always a matter of waiting for the right moment to act."
~ Paulo Coelho
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.
Here at Trout Stalkers we are excited to announce that we just received a new 2015 20th Anniversary RO Deville! This Nomad Series Edition Drift Boat comes fully loaded with all the unique bells and whistles that every serious rower will envy.
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.