May 22, 2017
This weeks report is brought to you by fly fishing guide, Parker Redmond, with Trout Stalkers Fly Shop here in downtown Ennis, MT.
“Perfect weather has graced the Madison Valley after one final run of winter last week. The river has shaped up nicely with big flows and green water. It looks as fishy as it gets right now. We may see the runoff come back over the next couple of days so keep an eye out, but they still eat just fine when the water gets dirty.
Big girdle bugs and other stonefly nymph variations are working well at the moment. You can follow those with a wide variety of smaller nymphs to imitate the abundance of mayflies, caddies and stoneflies currently in their nymphal form. Also consider a worm or an egg if the water colors up a little more.
Dry fly fishing in the evenings has been getting better. We have a plethora of insects coming off throughout the day. Be prepared for march browns, baetis and caddis. It is hard to beat an elk hair caddis or a purple haze when they are rising, and now’s a good time to consider twitching a small chubby late in the day for some aggressive takes.
The streamer has worked well this past month. On bright days you can try something flashy or white. On overcast days or in dirty water, try a yellow/olive combination.
Any day on the water is good day, so come on out and fish! “