Molly and I floated yesterday and did not wet a fly until we passed under Lyon’s Bridge. The views in the Madison Valley are mind blowing right now. I had a several photos to post, but my camera is currently malfunctioning ’cause it hit the snow a few days ago at Reynold’s Pass…..technology can be a real pain in the butt.
The river has dropped to 1490 cfs and when I stuck my thermometer in yesterday afternoon it read 54 degrees. If this keeps up we will see caddis and very shortly PMDs. The West Fork is tossing in some mud, but we fished the left bank a caught fish. We fished a rubber legs and a red worm for most of the day and put a hook in quite a few fish. After breaking off several rigs to fish and bank sticks, we switched to a large black bugger and had a bunch of trout give chase. Molly is fairly new to streamern’, but she managed to put a hook in a half dozen trout and landed a fat healthy 17in brown. We took photos of that trout with the sun setting over the Tabacco Roots and the neon green landscape, but the camera just wouldn’t cooperate…….oh well.
Cabin and Beaver Crks are blown once again and it should only take a few more days for that to run through Quake. The 10 day forecast is calling for sunshine, a chance of rain in the afternoon and highs in the mid 70’s. I would expect the Madison to blow out one more time, maybe twice, but then it should get consistent.
Greg and I are headed to the Missouri for the next 8 days and there have been a few random PMDs and Caddis. With the warm weather and highs in the mid 70’s, there should be good dry fly fishing anyday….stay tuned for more reports.