June 12th 2008-Salmonflies and more Salmonflies
Get on a plane and come to Montana. Salmonflies are out on the Madison, Gallatin, and Gardner Rivers, and the Summer Dry Fly Show is on the way. The Salmonflies have worked their way in to my two favorite stretches of the Madison-the wade water from Quake Lake to Pine Butte, and the first float from Lyon’s to Palisades. Along with Salmonflies, their are goldenstones, mini goldenstones, PMD’s, and 3 different species of Caddis, including the summer highlight-Hydropsyche! Alice stalked risers all afternoon the other day, each fish working on a different bug, and reveled in the dry fly opportunities. The Fork is remaining strong throughout its length, with a variety of options: hard core nymphing down and deep in the Box, isolation and incredible scenery near Mesa Falls, and a action packed day floating Warm River to Ashton. Even the Ranch is fishing well, but many of its large residents are waiting for sundown and the appearance of Brown Drakes to wake them from their slumber. The Greater Yellowstone Wildflower Show continues to dazzle with Lupine, Sticky and Richard’s geranium, and Wild Rose exploding in color just about everywhere. What a year for wildflowers. The weather has been great this month with very little afternoon thunderstorms, 80 degrees, and very sunny. Wow, what a summer so far, so get on a plane and join us!