The flows on the Madison are decreasing each day and the clarity is a solid eighteen inches. Up by the Three Dollar Bridge area nymphing a pats rubber legs through seem lines behind boulders proves to be very effective. The stretches heading towards town have consistently been pulling fish with rubber legs and girdle bugs variants. It looks like the fish are as excited for the up coming golden and salmonfly hatch's as the fly fisherman are. On a serious note it is nice to see the trout targeting migrating bugs. In the evenings caddis abound and trailing your favorite green caddis pupa pattern at the end of your rig well pull fish. If you head down to Bear Trap Canyon right below Ennis Lake dam the air is blanketed with caddis and mayflies in the evening. It won't be long until eggs act like landing gear and start descending large numbers of insects towards the water. All in all things are continuing to stabilize and fishing strong. Targeting the banks with your nymph rig is the way two go as golden and salmonfly nymphs are stacking up in this area. The bugs in the above photo came from flipping over just two rocks on the rivers edge before posing in the bottom of my fly box.
Each year thousands of people make the trek from each and every state and other countries for their first fishing trip to Montana. They have been lured by numerous magazine articles, blog posts, tales and stories from the in the know crowd and they depart for Montana ready to land two foot trout and pay a pilgrimage to the holy water.
Fly fishing has become an almost color by number sport. Go to X spot tie this fly on this leader and cast here to get fish. This myth has been perpetuated by the big gear manufacturers as well as the outfitting and shop industry as a whole