Mother’s Day Caddis! They are starting to show up in pretty good numbers on the Lower and Upper Madison. This hatch is one of the first major dry fly events of the year and it is one of my personal favorites. With the Lower being so close to town it is easy to run over there after work or for a few hours and enjoy this great hatch.
It’s still the early part of the hatch, and it’s just going to get better as time goes on. Water temps are almost at 55 degrees coming out of Ennis Dam, which is pretty good for the bugs. Over the past few days we’ve been seeing a ton of caddis flying around and on the water, but not very many fish eating off the surface until around 5pm. As soon as that sun gets off the water the fish will start coming up more consistently.
The bright sunny weather hasn’t helped things too much either. Days like today, cloudy and a little drizzly, would be perfect. The weather for the weekend looks like it’s going to be cooler and cloudy. The bugs should be increasing in numbers and activity over the next week, so this actually plays out pretty well. Night time temps won’t drop down too low, so water temps should stay in the sweet spot.
The best way to fish this hatch is to fish nymphs and pupa until you consistently start seeing fish rising. Crayfish with a caddis pupa behind it will just crush fish on the Lower right now. Soft hackles, sparkle pupa, super pupa, anything that looks “caddis-y” would be a solid choice. For dries, fish dark patterns. This hatch is almost black in color, so black or peacock elk hair caddis match them pretty well. Size 14s and 16s are what you want to focus on. Purple, brown, and dark olive will work for dries too. Fishing a caddis dry with an emerger or pupa behind it can cover both zones.
The conditions can change on an almost daily basis, so call the shop or stop by to get the latest info.