The Mother's Day Caddis hatch is still happening on the Madison. The main bulk of the hatch is moving up river, and now the front of it is up in Bear Trap a ways. If you're willing to walk up the canyon a bit you can get ahead of it where the fish are still eating dries with reckless abandon. From the bridge to Black's Ford the fish are pretty full and are being a lot more picky about what they are eating. Some days they want the dry and some days they want the emerger. Bring both with you and be willing to keep changing it up until you find what they need.
The caddis have moved up onto the Upper as well. They haven't quite showed up in the numbers they have on the Lower, but they are out! The bugs up there seem to be larger than those on the Lower, about a size 14. Dark olive, black and peacock caddis are working the best. The natural bugs are pretty dark. Our customer and friend Ed brought in a caddis from the Upper this morning and we matched it up with one of the special ties from the shop:
There are a lot more options for dry fly fishing right now as well... March browns, brown drakes, baetis in spots, and even some yellow sallies are starting to show up. All of these can provide some really great dry fly fishing if you hit it right. We have the flies you'll need to fish and enjoy these hatches at the shop. Stop by and we'll get you set!