74 degrees is one heck of a way to start MT’s General Season Opener after a long winter endured. The weekend weather was nice to see, but it is bringing down the snow pack like a pack of wolves on a old tired bull elk in Lamar Valley. Luckily, we have Quake Lake to filter out the silt from Cabin and Beaver Crks and give us a few extra days of fishing on the Madison. The West Fork is chocolate milk and just a few bends down, the river is dirty – all the way to Ennis Lake. Expect to see the Madison below Quake to blow out sometime toward the latter part of the week. It might hold until the weekend, but who knows…..
Currently, there is a low pressure moving in and by Wednesday we are scheduled for rain and snow. If things cool off and the melt subsides, then we could be in for another week of great fishing. Nymphing will be the game, but I did see a few Caddis and BWOs around Pine Butte get eaten. I fished a #4 Rubber Leg in front of a #12 lightning bug all day on Saturday in the wade stretch, and had good luck in most spots we fished. The trout don’t seem to picky right now, but they were close to the bottom of the river. Put the lead on.
I will be on the river the next two days and then headed to the Missouri for the rest of the week through the weekend. The Caddis have arrived on the lower river along with good hatches of March Browns and BWOs. Bring on the hatches.