Archive for July, 2011

July 12th-Here comes the Madison

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Good Morning Folks,

Officially this is the latest date that I can remember that the Madison has finally come into what can be reasonably considered fishable shape. Clear water is pushing down from Quake Lake, and the West Fork has also mostly cleared. A few other tributary streams further downstream, like Indian creek, are still carrying a little color, but for the most part clear water rules the channel, and it is well past time to be fishing the Madison. Not to say that we haven’t been doing the ol’ Montana chuck and duck for the past month or so, but now dry flies and small nymphs will be adorning our fly rods for the rest of the summer. Salmonflies are working their way up from Varney, and some of the trout are showing their frustration with their lack of vision and attacking these large bugs with gusto. It will be bug soup here for the next couple of weeks as Goldenstones, Yellow Sallies, PMD’s, Epeorus, Green Drakes, Hydropsyche Caddis, all will be riding the salmonflies coattails. The Madison is higher than normal still, so good cast in close to the bank are going to bring more willing risers to the dry fly. The Madison says it is game time!!!

Meanwhile, the Henry’s Fork is in the middle of bug soup, up and down its entire length. The Box Canyon has great flows and the nymphs in this water are on the prowl. Small nymphs such as Shop Vac, Serendipities and Pheasant Tails are the way to go in this boulder strewn obstacle course. Big rainbows lie inn wait for the angler willing to go nymphing hardcore. Game on here as well. The lower fork around Ashton has been producing great dry fly fishing with Green and Gray Drakes, caddis, and PMD’s. In between hatches go with the standard nymphing fare here and you will stayed tied to fish all day. Game is on and in overtime in this water.

Sad to say, but it is not game time in the Park,…yet. But it is coming and it could be very soon. Look for some fishing opportunities to open up this week, and just continue to get better as the month progresses. More on the Park fishing pops later this week.

For now, it is time for this fisherman to return to the 50 mile riffle and throw some of the big bugs. Game on.

Tight lines and Jumping Trout


July 5th-We are finally on the backside of run-off

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

Afternoon folks,

Looks like we have finally turned the corner with regards to this years run-off. Most of the area’s rivers peaked last week and careful observation shows that the rivers are on a downward trend in volume. The Madison is still off color, but its clarity has improved daily this weekend and I hope we see enough clarity by the time the Salmonflies arrive. A few shucks have been observed down by Ennis, but as of yet no bugs, and that is good as I think we might still be up to a week away for prime conditions. We are fishing the Madison however, and the nymphing has been solid. We have started to transition from the big ugly stuff (San Juan Worms, Rubber Legs, and Woolly Buggers) to patterns that will imitate caddis and craneflies. Can you say Serendipities?

I have found myself mostly on the Henry’s Fork lately, as the great conditions there have been producing outstanding fishing. Goldenstones, Green Drakes, Grey Drakes, Brown Drakes, PMD’s, Yellow Sallies, and caddis galore have the fish fattening up. The whole river is fishing good from the Box to Fun Farm. The heat the past few days has slowed the action somewhat in the late afternoons, but only somewhat! Royal Wulff Cripple #12, #8 Chubby Chernobyl and BBB PT Emerger in a #16 may well be the only patterns required for some fish filled action.

The Firehole and Madison in the Park continue to fish well, with the best action in the mornings. Look for good spinner falls around 9am. Variable PMD emergences can be found somewhat later, but it can be short and sweet. Some caddis and yellow sallies are also producing.

For an interesting read, check out John Juracek’s blog entry over at Blue Ribbon Flies for June 29th. An incredible fisherman and student of the sport, John has an interesting perspective on some fishing related news in Yellowstone National Park.

Belated Happy 4th of July. Once again Bruno and Kris put on quite a spread for our annual 4th of July BBQ, despite a passion rain shower.