Memorial Day weekend fishing report
Upper Madison – Hebgen to Ennis
Hebgen Flows: 1,730 cfs / Kirby Ranch: – 2,470 cfs / Cameron: 3,790cfs
Currently fishing great as we continue to have run-off conditions. Flows are high and bouncing between milky green and brown depending on the day. While most fish are tight to the banks we’re finding more and more on downstream tips of islands. A variety of patterns will work, you can fish nymphs, streamers and dries depending on the time of day.
For nymphs, keep it simple: #10 Sili Leg, #10 Grub, #8 Goldie, #14 Rockworm Caddis, and San Juans will get it done.
For dries, remember drift is always #1. Keep your eyes on slow deep pockets, eddys by bank for risers. BWO/Baetis will be your best bet: #18 D.O.A., #16-20 Sparkle Dun, and #16-18 Vis-A-Duns are reliable.
For streamers, try our new purple Slap-N-Tickle. Fish close to the banks!
Hebgen dam release will be increasing and could go up to 2,500cfs by May 26th with flows at the Kirby Ranch to 3,500cfs.
Hebgen Lake – 81 percent full
Chironomid fishing is hit or miss at the moment. Be prepared with #12 Chiromies and #12 Peacock Chironomid’s. If the fish don’t come out for the midges, have buggers and leeches ready to skip. Our favorites are the #6 Simi Seal Leech and #8 Olive Crystal Bugger.
Yellowstone National Park
Opens to angling May 26.