Summer is officially here and with it the fishing is really heating up. Water Flows have been consistent the last couple weeks and the water is staying cool. Big nymphs and streamers are still the name of the game right now as everyone awaits the long sought after salmonfly hatch.
This last week of sun has taken it's toll on the Madison's feeder creeks. The West Fork is now pumping in more mud by the day and has increased flows significantly with current flows reaching 3,100 CFS. With the flow being higher right now some of the bridges may be harder to navigate under so use extreme caution.Right now is a great time to be fishing big streamers and nymphs tight to the banks. People have picked up a number of fish on natural sculpin patterns and zirdle bugs.
The weather has finally started to get better. The final grasp of winter has given way to more spring like conditions here in Ennis. The Madison river is still running clear and the fish are getting more active. We are still seeing midges and on cloudy warm days the blue wings have started to fly around. The fish still aren't keying into dries but they should start with this warmer weather.