One thing is for sure: Montana has been a fine place to socially distance in during all this COVID-19 mess. As the state begins to open back up, it seems everyone is finding comfort by getting out on the water with family and friends.
I haven’t been in Montana during the spring in five years. Normally I’m somewhere hot and humid, chasing fish in salty places. While I am missing that this year, it has been great getting to know the Madison River spring again.
Streamer fishing was great for a while on sunny days with low and clear water. Slow twitch and slacky strips brought cookie-cutter browns out from prominent structure. Lately, nymph rigs have been most effective since the first signs of runoff showed up on Friday. The Madison river condition is muddy, but fishable, and as long as temps drop to freezing in the high country, the snow should melt gradually and offer a decent amount of runoff fishing opportunities. I’m looking forward to getting re-acquainted with the Madison in the next few weeks.
If you’re planning to come to Montana this summer, I’m still booking trips and still have some great summer dry fly days available. We are open for guiding and have some guidelines we will be following to stay safe and healthy. Please call or email anytime!


Current Madison River Condition via USGS