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Are there caddis on the Upper Madison River? Absolutely they showed up about two days ago and are popping off at a good pace. Have we seen the rafts of caddis that is so popular with this hatch this time of year? Nope not yet. Is is t a dry fly all day thing? Not even close. We have been picking some up on dry flies in the evenings once the sun has gone behind the horizon. This will change. Give it a few days. We are in the start of the hatch now and in a few days things will look better for the dry fly huckers.
Each year about this time a great natural wonder happens. A huge hatch of small dark caddis happen on most of the western rivers. These small caddis or Brachycentrus americanus hatch in huge numbers and are the first really big hatch of the year. Some years runoff comes early and the hatch happens without a single fish being caught. But, on other years when the water stays in shape this hatch produces some of the best dry fly fishing of the year. To be successful you only need a few flies and the perfect timing.
The Madison River has dropped some and started to clear up after the colder temperature we had this weekend. The river here by Ennis is still off color but its starting to get a little green tint to it. Fishing big black streamers close to the banks could be a great great for thee next couple of day with the water leveling out. The water above the west fork has started to drop also and the fishing has been lights out above Lyons bridge.