Big news here is that trouble with head gates at Hebgen Dam has closed the door on fishing the Madison River downstream to Ennis temporarily. Flows as high as 3500 cfs rushed down the river causing minor flooding and erosion. The river will clear soon, and good fishing will return. Some gulpers are active on Hebgen Lake, and spruce moth patterns bring action on the Gallatin River and the West Fork of the Madison River
Look for a stormy second half of the weekend, but between now & then go with terrestrial and spruce moth patterns on streams.and Speckled duns and tricos are diminishing, so gulpers have slowed on Hebgen and other waters. Give em one last try before the stormy weather begins later this weekend.
Trout going after spruce moths on streams near pine forests and gulpers after speckled duns & tricos (diminishing a bit) are providing best action.
Spruce moths are emerging in big numbers in the area, and for just about any stream in southwestern Montana, the best fly is one that imitates them. This applies to the Madison, the West Fork of the Madison, the Gallatin, the Taylor’s Fork, Ruby River and even the Beaverhead. For still waters, Hebgen Lake gulpers provide the best action, but there are gulpers on other lakes in the region.
Hebgen Lake still offers good gulper fishing, and the Madison River below Slide Inn has also been good fishing with terrestrials, evening caddis and a few mayflies making for action.
Hebgen Lake gulpers now have tricos added to their diet. Start a bit earlier in the AM and stay out on the lake until action begins to fade right after mid day. On almost all streams large or small, fish are eagerly seeking terrestrial patterns. Don’t overlook this great way to find action!
Hebgen Lake gulpers are going strong! Don’t overlook gulpers on other southwestern Montana lakes. Madison River is fishing very well below Quake Lake: terrestrials, caddis, yellow sallys, some PMDs, you name it.