Last weekend I took my girlfriend and her family fishing on the Upper Madison. The reports were good, and I really wanted to get them into some fish. Fishing was a little slower than I would have hoped (for everyone we talked to, not just us) but we still had a great day. Walking back to the car under a bridge I saw this guy fall into the water:
Yes, that is an adult Salmonfly. Yes, it is way early. WAY early. But still... To be seeing them this early means the hatch will be a bit early this year. I hadn't heard of any other sightings so far this year but talking to customers this week it sounds like at least one more has been found around the area.
What does this mean for anglers? No, the hatch hasn't started. The few stragglers that are showing up don't mean it's going to be clouds of Salmonflies around this weekend. But it does mean that the hatch isn't too far away. Which means it might not be a bad idea to start stocking up on some flies just in case. You don't want to be caught unprepared on the river when it happens. We've got lots of cool Salmonfly patterns and lots of nymphs down here at the shop.
It also means that you can probably start fishing a chubby and a dropper with a little more confidence in the local rivers... Word on the street is that the Yellow Sallies and Goldenstones are starting to show up in spots as well. A Gold, Yellow or Orange Chubby with a rubberlegs under it would not be a bad rig to throw right now.
Stay tuned to the blog and our social media, we'll keep you updated on the hatch. More to come.