We are happy to announce that the Salmon flies have arrived in the west. They have been out on the Henry’s Fork and Firehole for the better part of a week now and seem to be working their way to Montana. Water temperatures are rapidly approaching the magic number and we should be seeing the first bugs in the next week or so. The first places to look will be both rock creek and the big hole. There have been just a couple of bugs bouncing their way around the canyon stretch of the big hole, but the fish really aren’t looking for them just yet. With a few cold days in the forecast this weekend, we should see the hatch delayed for at least a few more days, but be ready when things warm back up. If you are looking for a stonefly bite this weekend, check out the lower Madison river. There have been good numbers of bigger golden stones out and about. A size 8 golden chubby with a dropper has been a fantastic rig!
On the rivers around here, get your big stone nymphs ready to roll. Those nymphs are getting more and more active and the fish are starting to take notice. Although not nearly as much fun as their big foam adult forms, the nymph fishing can provide for some of the bigger fish caught each year.
Once the bugs get going on the Big hole, they will work their way up that river. Then the natural progression is generally the Upper Madison, Gallatin, and Yellowstone. Hopefully we will start to see the waters begin to clear in the next three to four weeks in time for the big bugs to make their appearance! Give the shop a call, and we would be happy to give you a full fishing report and make our best guess at when the big bugs will arrive!
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