Here we go! In the last four days, the Madison River has risen from 1800 cfs to 3100 cfs at Varney Bridge. From here on out, it should be a nymphing game until the Salmonflies start flying. It’s anyone’s guess as to when the hatch will happen here in Ennis, but until then, I’ll be fishing the lakes as well as the Missouri River. As June gets going, the Missouri should start seeing some good PMD hatches as well as caddis late in the day.

If you’re going to fish the Madison, it’s girdle bug time. Big ones. Black, brown, “mocha”….what have you. Worms too with lots of weight. That water is moving fast so seek the calm spots. I like fishing a short leash nymph rig in these spots. Well, the word “like” might be a stretch, but I do like catching fish.

With Montana’s “Phase 2” of reopening starting on Monday, Travelers are once again welcome to visit and outfitting is officially open. I’ll still be using conscientious practices to mitigate the spread of germs. Lately I have encouraged anglers to bring their own lunch and drinks. A small day cooler fits perfectly in the boat and takes away the stress of handling each others food. The Pic-a-nic Basket is open and provides cooler-ready lunches for

This is a great time to take advantage of waterways we don’t normally focus on. Call me and let’s go fishing’.