We have a beautiful Saturday on tap, with lots of sunshine and some warmth in that ol’ sun. We had another spring snowstorm on Thursday that left much of the area blanketed in snow. I found myself on the Ruby (shhhhhh!!!) on that day, perfect conditions for Baetis and rising browns. Unfortunately even the bugs didn’t want to come out in a snowstorm, but the feisty residents of the Ruby were looking for Shop Vacs, dangled under a Adams cripple. Remember to inquire with your guide this summer about the Ruby. This fantastic fishery lies a little over 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Ranch and can be a fun dry fly filled day of fishing. Bring your “A” game, as the Ruby is small, and accurate casts are a prerequisite here. Dominated with Browns, the Ruby also holds a few Rainbows and the ever present Whitey! July is prime but August and September can be real good too, depending on water. The Ruby is a tailwater, but is affected heavily by irrigation demands.
All the area’s rivers are high and off colored right now, but it is possible with the expected cool down that things might shape up for a brief time before the onslaught of May run-off begins. Indian Creek is pumping in a little color on the Madison, but this Jewel is still one of the best places to fish right now. Nymphing is best with SJW’s, #6 and #12 rubber leg nymphs, copper johns, and Shop Vacs. Look for a few noses in the good looking dry fly water, and hit them with a Royal Wulff Cripple #14-money! Although the short stretch between the Lakes is getting heavy pressure, it is still worth the time and effort. Nymphing with the usual suspects will produce here. Cabin is also dumping in a little color, so fish above or across. Anyway I be out checking on fishing conditions all week, so be sure to check back in!