Been chasing the caddis hatch around a lot lately and the best piece of advise i have is to get upstream of the bugs to find the best dry fly action. The Mother's Day caddis hatch is so prolific the fish strap on the feed bag and rise in a frenzy. I watched a rainbow on the lower the other day rise 5 times in a row propelling his whole body out of the water and snatched caddis literally out of the thin air. With this many naturals on the water and in the air it can be puzzling how they can be eating with reckless abandon all around your fly taking no interest in your pattern. I had this issue the other day and finally switched to a olive body pattern with a dark wing and then it was game on. I have also had great success fishing more emergers and short leashed pupas behind the dry.
Since the bug hatch moves upstream so quickly getting ahead of the bugs will be the difference between easy dry fly eats or picky gorged fish. There are only so many bowls of ice cream you can eat before you pop.
Had a blast the other day on the Madison with Clients Nick and Jay. Super enthusiastic anglers who fished hard all day long and were pleasantly rewarded with some stellar fish. Nick landed a super feisty brown midday that took us downstream 50 yards through log jams and the flies popped off the second he got in the net, pretty good timing. Jay tagged an awesome rainbow at the end of the day who put on an acrobatic show of pure beauty for us. This fish rocketed out of the water like six times before we got her to the net. Fun times on the water.