Kelly and I went fishing for three days last week, and we thought you might enjoy some of the pictures that we took. Worth noting was that 90% of the fish we caught ate a Tan or Olive Nancy P. Enjoy ~
A couple days worth of 60 degree temperatures finally got Beaver and Cabin Creek rolling, and you can probably count on Cabin mudding up half the river for quite some time now. That being said, fishing has been good in between the lakes, but really REALLY crowded…yesterday there were two guys rigging up at 6:00 a.m. and three hours later you could see 15 people just between the dam and the Campfire. Those who have been doing well up there have been doing so on egg patterns, red and pink san juans, and midges, but streamers should not be overlooked this time of year. A couple of us threw junk from McAtee to Eight mile two days ago, but had very little to show for it at the end of the day…we had similar reports from the day before, but decided to try it out anyway. What few fish we did catch wanted the gray boogieman and the olive Pecs, but that was about it. We did talk to a few guys who did alright on nymphs, but they said it wasn’t much to write home about. Worth noting however were the amount of Mothers Day Caddis out below Varney Bridge, as well as BWOs, and a few March Browns. We saw a couple of heads come up, but not like what it should have been. Also worth noting were the amount of boats in that stretch, but that’s to be expected when everything else in the area is on the way out (w/ the exception of the Beaverhead below the dam).
With the warmer weather, Hebgen is just starting to become fishable in the narrows around Yellowstone Holiday and Quake is open (barely) from the boat ramp up to the inlet.
Kelly got back yesterday from five days in the eastern part of the state, with much better reports and pictures to show for it.
She’s on the fall folks, and we received this letter today from PPL:
As fast as the flows increased they are now decreasing. The flows on the Madison above Hebgen have dropped from a high of 1650 cfs on June 5 down to 890 cfs currently. Computed inflows into Hebgen Lake have dropped from a high on June 5 of 3590 cfs to 2150 on June 10.
The NWS inflow estimate for Saturday and Sunday are about 2150 cfs and 1980 cfs respectively. The estimate for Monday drops to about 1800 cfs.
A flow reduction was made today about 3:00 PM from about 2600 cfs to about 2300 cfs. Two more changes will be made on Saturday and Sunday respectively. The reduction on Saturday will be about 230 cfs and on Sunday about 210 cfs. Releases from Hebgen will be about 1860 cfs after the change on Sunday. Hebgen Lake is at elevation 6534.44 ft which is 0.43 ft from full.
Not only are the flows in the Madison dropping, but the clarity is improving as well. Fishing has been tough this week, but a couple of us ventured into the wade section last night and put a pretty good whoopin’ on them with red midges and stonefly nymphs. It seems as if the fish have settled back in, and are finally on the feed. Right now its not as much about what you fish as where you fish…If you can find a piece of soft water out there you can almost be certain that it will hold fish. So for all of you out there that have been calling the shop and asking when the river will come around– Now is the answer.