Molly and a surface feeding Rainbow.
Okay, first off, we all know that throughout the first 3 weeks of July the Madison was…..well….unreliable. We have the hatches, consistent water flows and temps, but the trout would not cooperate on a day to day basis. Yes the Salmonflies really didnt happen…wait till next year. There are caddis bank to bank, PMD duns & spinners, a few flavs and the yellow sallies are still prolific in their usual spots. This last 5 days on the Madison have been fantastic. Nymphing is great, dries fool trout most of the day, and I really haven’t thrown streamers, so I can’t report on that.
The Madison River is God’s version of the perfect Freestone River. Typically, you won’t catch fish ramp to ramp, because trout migrate on a daily basis. Yes there are trout who live in the same region from day to day, but most fish migrate around the river. There are always slow spells on the Madison throughout the day, but there are also long runs where fish eat flies when your drift is drag free. Drift your flies………free of drag.
There are still some folks around in the upper stretches of the Madison around $3 and Reynolds, but the crowding of two weeks ago is gone. Fish early and fish late……or just fish all day long and take a break for a beer. If you can wade, you will succeed more often…..don’t wear waders, just swim when you take a digger.
As we enter the last week of July, I have some openings in my calendar. If you are in the area, give a call, odds are we can accomodate you. If you are reading from home and can’t make it out this season, keep reading as the reports will continue on through the Fall until hunting season arrives.
My sister Amy wondering what happened to the 17 in Rainbow that was in her hands just a moment before this photo.