Ready for the Summertime? We can't wait and that's kinda nice because it's pretty much in full swing right now. Lot's of good days of fishing with awesome cloud cover opening up to cool sunny afternoons. The baetis are hatching as well as caddis, PMDs, yellow sallies, and perhaps a few salmon flies.
UPPER MADISON: 1,990cfs
the Upper Madison has a good olive color to the water with 2-3ft. of visibility and is fishing very well. Mostly stonefly and baetis nymphs are an awesome bet but on cooler days early on the streamer action has been great. The streamer bite slows a bit when the sun shines but there are some caddis and baetis adults hatching for the top water methods. The water temps have been a little cool in the morning and topping put around 51-54 degrees later in the day (good news for the dry fly guys).
flies: olive zonkers, sparkle minnow-sculpin, bow river bugger, Silveys sculpin, rubberlegs, hurless nymph, mega prince, sex fly, olive soft hackle, PT spanker, bubbleback baetis, lightning bug, PT flash back, san juan, never sink trude, BWO film critic, Purple parachute, Purple caddis, Para baetis, royal wulff
LOWER MADISON: 2,970cfs
Been spiking the levels at the Ennis Lake dam the last few days which has brought up the water levels but still been fishing pretty good. Some great hatches are bringing the fish to the surface lately on baetis, caddis, and PMDs. The standard lower subsurface imitations have been very consistent as well on the crayfish, sculpins, and baetis nymphs. The visibilty is around 2-3ft. and healthy trout population with way more fish than i've seen on the lower. This means great things for the entire ecosystem there. Great choice right now.
flies: zonkers, bow river buggers, sparkle minnow-sculpin or JJ's, JJ's special, olive flash bugger, clouser crayfish, snapping craw, rubberlegs, sex dungeons, PT spanker, blue spanker, BWO bubbleback, crackback, red headed stepchild, olive soft hackle, sparkle pupa, primetime pupa, san juan worms, red copper john, BWO film critic, para baetis, tilt-wing baetis, para Adams, purple Adams, purple caddis, fast water caddis, PMD transitional, para PMD
MISSOURI RIVER: 4,670cfs
The Missouri has been steady and awesome fishing with smaller mayfly nymphs and eating streamers pretty decent as well. The Upper stretch below Holter dam is getting good caddis hatches and PMD's are starting to show up in the canyon. Still plenty of size 24 midges hatching in between the big size 16 bugs on top. Great choice right now.
flies: BWO bubble back, stalcup's baetis nymph, copper john, crack back, tung ready baetis, PT flashback, PT spanker, lightning bug, pearl zonkers, olive-black sceamers, silvey's sculpin leech, wooly bugger-black, crayfish, JJ's special, griffith's gnat, BWO squeezer, para baetis, film critic BWO, tilt wing BWO, purple parachute, para adams
THE BIG HOLE: 2,760cfs
The big hole is pretty and clear rightnow with a fantastic streamer bite. Grab a handful of big black, olive, or yellow streamers and bang the banks hard. Some real nice browns been taken latley on the double articulated monsters. Great nymphing to be had as well with stonefliy nymphs and caddis pupas.
flies: silveys sculpin, sex dungeon, screamers, dream catcher, zonker, bow river bugger, JJ's special, yellow yummy, rubberlegs, tung yellow sally, hare's ear, pheasant tail, stalcup's baetis, tung ready baetis, para adams
YELLOWSTONE RIVER: 13,100cfs
Looks like we haven't seen the end of the runnoff on the stone as it jumped back up with the rain and an 80 degree day forescasted for monday it still has some moisture to burn through. Give a bit and it will be back to it's amazing freestone qualities.
GALLATIN RIVER: 2,610cfs
It was fishing decent for a day or to but the rain brought her back up to a raging muddy mess. Probably would give it bit to come down again.