July 6th 2008-The Magic Month
Hey everybody, we hope everyone enjoyed a great independence day! We had a glorious BBQ and fireworks for the 4th, with outstanding weather. What a perfect way to spend celebrating the 4th retelling fishing tales from the day out on the river. things are starting to happen here and changes are occuring on a daily basis. I believe we are close to 2 weeks behind schedule, with the salmonflies on the Madison just now beginning to show on the lower river near Ennis. I would expect fishing to improve dramatically in the next week or so, as all the area’s rivers are beginning to show signs of run-off fatigue; that is clearing, dropping, and fish eating bugs. Clearer water is showing all over, with the Madison showing the biggest gains. The lower Fork is going strong with all sorts of bug activity, PMD’s, caddis, olive stones, and Gray Drakes. The Box Canyon is also fishing good, but it is all nymphing with small beadheads and other nymphs that imitate caddis and PMD’s. The Gallatin in the Park has cleared, while still cold, will produce good results in the afternoon nymphing. Look for bug activity to start this week. The Slough has started to clear and maybe fishing by the end of the week. The only exception to all this clearing water is the Lamar, Yellowstone, and Soda Butte Creeks, which are still a week or two away. Stay tuned more fishing reports to come.