Mommy Day Caddis Hatch
The Mother’s Day Caddis hatch has been going on the last few days both on the Yellowstone and the Lower Madison Rivers. The bad news is that the Yellowstone is shot but there are always a few fish that seem to rise somewhere on the river during the early stages of the hatch, even when the visibility is less than 2”! That said, the clarity and flows on the lower Madison are both very good right now, there are tons of bugs, and they have started to come up to the dries more and more each of the last 3 days.
So, if you want to see some crazy bug activity and catch some fish on dries during the process…get out to the Lower Madison before the flows go up again. Trout on the lower really tend to shut down as flows go up, but feed very well once things stabilize, even when the water is dirty. Stay above Cherry Creek for the cleanest water, above Black’s Ford for good conditions, and expect to see some dirtied water once you get down to high bank.
As always, this bit of advice and information is subject to change, but there are a ton of bugs out there right now so get out and enjoy the hatch!