I spent the last 20 days in a row on various rivers throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Thus the reason for a lack of fishing reports posted here. Thanks to all the clients that have fished with me thus far and I look forward to seeing the rest of you soon.

The Madison handled the 4th of July pressure like nothing before. Yes, there have been 50 plus boats at Lyons several mornings in a row starting before the 4th and lasting almost a week. The Yellowstone River blew out from rains and therefore more anglers were on the Madison River. The Salmonflies emereged right before the holiday and that increased traffic as well. The river fished fantastic, but both local and visiting anglers are happy to see less pressure on all sections of the Madison.

There have been hatches of Yellowsallies, PMDs, Flavs, Green Drakes, and Caddis almost everyday. The Eperous Mayflies are hatching as well, but they are not thick just yet…..anyday, anyday. Somedays, the hatches are lighter. The morning dry fly bite has been good with Flav & PMD spinners as well with egg laying caddis. There have been several days in a row with afternoon showers blowing in rain, hail and lightning and that can screw with the dependability of the hatches.

The trout are no longer dumb. They have seen a ton of drift free drags and want the fly to float perfectly. Dry flies need to float the instant they hit the water. Reach casts are the way to the trout’s mouth when fishing the river from a boat with a dry fly. Master that cast and you will make more trout rise to your flies. A #16 Tan X-Caddis, #14 Rusty Spinner, #16 Parashuck PMD, #14 Parshuck Flav have been working really well. Small Yellow Stimulators, Royal Wulffs and Trudes are a must to carry to the river too.