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.
“The river is slowly coming down after a solid week of peak flows and muddy water. Cooler weather is forecasted so we should see the river flows decrease further. With perhaps one more burst of runoff following this low pressure system, the Madison River is looking like it will have ideal conditions for the upcoming salmonfly hatch towards the end of the month.
Despite the tough conditions, local guides have been scoring some pretty good fishing. Getting out of the boat is key if you want to get into more fish. You can expect to find them stacked up in the slowest water available as they seek relief from the relentless current. A heavy nymph rig or dark colored streamer has been best. The fish have adapted to the increased turbidity and continue to feed as they always do. This is a great time to get into a lot of fish if you find the right water. Expect to lose a few flies though!
Fortunately you can keep things pretty simple this time of the year. A black girdle bug followed with a worm, prince nymph, caddis larva or pheasant tale will do the trick. Consider switching out the girdle bug with a Sheila or Trevor sculpin pattern. It is also a great time to throw big articulated streamers for some aggressive browns.
It won’t be too much longer until we start seeing the big bugs. See you out there!”