While the river is running clear and weather has been good, the fishing has been a little slower. Action has been better in the afternoons and evenings. As it has been getting down there at night, with recent lows around 28 degrees, allowing the temps to come up a bit will be beneficial.
The majority of fish caught recently have been on smaller dries and nymphs. Our recent recommendations have been dry/dropper rigs, such as Stimi Chew Toy Lime 10-14 with a Baetis Nymph 16-20 trailing about 12-18 inches behind. We have also been having some fun subsurface action on Knotty Girls dark brown and olive 6-8 with a purple lightning bug or zebra midge 14-18 about 16-18 inches below the top fly.
For those of you looking to streamer fish the time is now! Lots of action on zonkers, Montana mouthwash, and Coffee’s sparkle minnows. We have found these are working well dead drifting with a zebra midge or baetis trailing 14-18 inches back.
Our top choice for fishing this time of year!
Right now is a great time to be out on the Madison. Both the upper and the lower are fishing extremely well with flows making for great floating. The fish that have made Hebgen, Quake, and Ennis lakes home for the summer are starting to make their way back up into the river in preparation for the fall spawn. What this means for us is big fish and lots of them. We have had a lot of fun recently both nymph and streamer fishing in these areas. To all of you dry fly fans out there don’t let this discourage you as there has still been a bit of surface action to be capitalized on.