The last 3 mornings have seen 30-32 degree temps. For mid-August, that is pretty damn cold. I would like to take a walk in the woods tomorrow morning and listen for an elk to bugle……..the cold might fool a young bull into letting one rip. Yes sir, archery season is upon us in less than 2 weeks……..and there is still a ton of fishing ahead.
The hopper and ant bite has been pretty good throughout the last 10 days. There have been moments of greatness from the Slide to well below Story Ditch on the Madison. The reports from Ennis are good for the river around town. The “Wing-less Stone” has been coming off for a week now and the early morning dry fly bite is there. You won’t see the adults unless you turn over rocks on the banks. The shucks are visible, but the stonefly is nocturnal for the most part.
The cooler temps have helped the Madison fish well for the first half of August. There have been a few slow sections throughout the day, but every river has it’s cycles of feeding. With the flows at 1020 cfs below Hebgen, we are right on track with the 67 year average.