June 27th 2008-Wrapping up June
June is quickly coming to an end, and July is right around the corner. Fishing really responded this week with the Lower Fork really beginning to light up. Caddis, PMD’s and Green Drakes were out in enough numbers to get the fish tuned into the surface. Nymphing has remained good as well with a variety of beadheads that imitate those same bugs. The Box has been a little tougher this week because of the sheer number of boats utilizing this great fishery. As many other rivers start to come into shape look for the crowds to thin here. The Madison has fished very well, especially in the wade stretch. The Madison below West Fork is still running high and off color, but with a little work a good day can be had concentrating on the slicks downstream of big rocks, and in the convergences of two channels. big stonefly nymphs are the way to go, as they are beginning to get active in preparation for the upcoming hatch. Cross your fingers that water levels, water clarity, weather, moon phases, what you had for breakfast , the stock market, geological events, presidential decrees, and your favorite color all come into play and those stars to align for a great fishing season with the Salmonfly on the Madison. The Gallatin, Lamar, Slough and Soda Butte are still at least a week away from beginning to fish. However, I do think we have seen the peak of run-off here and all rivers are showing the signs of retreat. Look for the next 3 to 4 weeks to potentially be some awesome fishing with lots of bug activity. Stay Tuned!