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.

MVP's of Week 5/18/15

Great Opening Week on the Madison River

"The only way to really fish well is to live on or near the water, put in the years to learn the idiosyncrasies of the river, pay close attention to the season, time of day, weather, stream flow, water temperature and clarity, and live the kind of life that lets you drop everything at a moment’s notice to go fishing. Failing that, you at least long for the comfort of having the same flies as everyone else."

~ John Gierach

Madison River Fishing Report 5/19/15

     Driftin' & Dreamin' Photo by Mike Lum

One truth I know about fly fishing for Trout is that whatever happened yesterday has little or no bearing on what will happen today!  But having said that, what happened yesterday is often a decent starting point for what might happen today.  But we try to be flexible and open minded. And we always take fishing reports with a backward looking grain of salt.

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