April has always been a temperamental month in regards to the weather. Some days are reaching 70 degrees while others are barely over 30 with snow blowing sideways. The warmer weather has pushed more water into the Madison, but she still remains clear. The fishing has been fantastic with many large browns and rainbows to the net. The rainbow spawn is nearing its end, fish will still eat eggs, but they are starting to turn onto to real bugs now.
We’ve been getting a lot of calls and questions about the runoff lately. The timing and severity of runoff is anyone’s guess but a few things to look for are obviously warmer days but the night time temperature is something to look for as well. If the nighttime temps are 50+ degrees there is a solid chance the river will gain some color. Recent rains have also pushed some sediment in the river but no matter the clarity we are still picking up fish everyday.
In April the entire staff attended the Orvis Guide Rendezvous so if you saw that we were closed for a few days that was the reason why. Like always, the OGR was a huge success. We all learned a lot, met some great people and thoroughly enjoyed the free beer. Thank you Orvis and Big Sky Brewing! The folks at Orvis host a truly wonderful event and if you’ve never been to a rendezvous, we highly recommend going. Fortunately, it was about 80 degrees everyday and we finally got to break out the flip flops and guide shorts and enjoy the beautiful weather outside. Unfortunately for some, being that it was 80 degrees, the rivers up there got blown out and trips had to be moved to the Missouri. Such a bummer that we had to fish the Missouri. All joking aside, it was a great trip and we have made it our goal to be in the running for the outfitter and shop of the year awards for the years to come.
May is approaching and that usually marks the start of our busy season. If you haven’t taken advantage of our spring special trip, you have a couple weeks left to do so. With the fishing being as awesome as it is, give us a call and book your trip before time runs out. Its truly a great value.