June 18, 2018

We're having our false fall here in Ennis. Temps in the low 50s and a steady amount of rain yesterday, today and in the forecast for tomorrow as well. That's good though! The Madison can fish very well in these condition, just watch that north breeze.

No adult salmonflies yet. They're eating the artificial though! Consistent bobber strikes over the last few days suggested that the fish are sick of seeing those things and are ready for the big bugs. It has been a great option for a few nice fish here and there. The emergence of caddis and stoneflies will undoubtedly be delayed with this weather, but we're expecting that to change once the skies clear. Now is a great time to get the flies you want and make sure you're rigged and ready.

Nymphing has remained the preferred technique. Many anglers have reported a better afternoon bite, so no rush to get out there. A big girdle bug is hard to beat as a point fly. Behind that fish have been eating caddis and yellow sally nymphs in the size #12-16. As always, there are a plethora of options for nymphs. Fish what you have confidence in.

The streamer also been very productive lately. The bright and/or white patterns have been effective on sunny days. Look to the natural black, olive or tan patterns on days like today. Dead drifting zonkers has been a go-to, but I say go for gold right now and target a big one. This is a great time to fish an articulated pattern on a sink tip.

Upper Madison River Flows near Cameron, MT

 

Upper Madison River Water Temperature near Cameron, MT

Lower Madison River Flows below Ennis Lake Near Mcallister, MT

Water Level Graph for USGS Station 06041000 Source

Lower Madison River Water Temperature below Ennis Lake

Water Level Graph for USGS Station 06041000 Source