Spruce moth, ant, and hopper patterns bring best daytime action on the upper Madison River. The same goes for the Gallatin River and the West Fork of the Madison River. Gulpers are still active but past their peak on Hebgen Lake. Dry fly fishing on the Beaverhead River is terrific with spruce moths, craneflies, caddisflies, various mayflies, and terrestrials all attracting trout. All you need to do is find which fish are taking at a given time.
Gulpers are going great guns on Hebgen, Ennis and Quake lakes. The Madison River below Slide Inn on down to Ennis is in a great fishing mood. On such as the Gallatin and Madison River drainages it is time to include spruce moth patterns in your fly boxes.
Big news here is that Hebgen Lake gulpers are very active. This means getitng out on the lake and fishing mornings to near mid day and praying for wind to hold off. Fishing on the Madison River (see our last few reports for details) is holding up and so is that on the Beaverhead.
Spruce moths are now the big addition to trout diets. This holds true on the Madison, Gallatin, Ruby, and Beaverhead drainages. Tricos are coming on everywhere, too. On the Madison River just about any type of fly for trout will bring action. Gulpers have been slow to get started, but should pick up any time.
The Madison River from the Slide Inn area downstream is at its best. The river between Quake and Hebgen lakes is good, too. But it is much more crowded than below. On both caddis, PMD life cycle patterms, small nymphs, cranefly patterns, streamers and big nymphs have their time of day. Hebgen, Quake and Ennis lake gulpers are sparse so far.
Callibaetis emergence has been slow to develop on Hebgen, Quake and Ennis lakes so far this summer. Almost in an effort to make up for this, the Madison River has been super fishing. Terrestrial patterns, caddis, midge, and PMD life cycle patterns, rubberlegs, standard nymphs, cranefly patterns, streamers, and (horros!) San Juan worms: they all are working. Take your pick.
Big story here is that the Madison River below Slide Inn is fishing as well as ever. PMD, yellow sally, caddis, attractor, and terrestrial patterns all are bringing success. Any day now gulper fishing will begin, not only on Hebgen Lake, but along the shallows of Wade and Elk lakes. Want to find light weight equipment action on a small stream? Drive up the West Fork of the Madison River where attractor, caddis, and sally patterns will bring bring sure-fire action.