The guiding season has officially started and we are ready to go. We have already started sending guide trips to the Madison River. The fishing is getting better every week. The rivers are warming up and we are looking forward to the infamous “Mother's Day Caddis Hatch” coming in May. Nymphing has been the name of the game, but the dry fly game is right around the corner.
May is going to be a great month to fish Montana. We will be spending much of the time on the Missouri River. But the Madison and Yellowstone will provide some great fishing before these rivers blow out from run off. We still have some dates available if you want to get into action.
Regards, Dane Huzarski
How To Fish The Mother'S Day Caddis Hatch
With millions of bugs out there and the trout looking for easy meals all you have to do is throw out your best imitation of an adult caddis and hang on. I have guided 22 years of this hatch and I am here to tell you that it is not that easy.
This month's three flies are all about flies for the Mother's Day Caddis Hatch. The first pattern is called a RAM Caddis. This fly has been around the Madison River for at least 30 years. It was developed by local fishing guide Ross A. Marigold. I tried to do some research on Ross, but I couldn’t find much except he invented the first serendipity patterns as well. This pattern is my rendition of his original pattern. It is tied on a scud hook and I used vinyl rib instead of floss. This is a great pattern when caddis are present on our freestone streams.
The next pattern is called Cutter's E/C Caddis. This pattern is a killer for caddis. It has it all, trailing shuck, low profile, but a good visible floater. It comes in various colors, but I like the olive for the Mother's Day hatch.
The last pattern should be a staple in everyone's box for fishing the Rocky Mountain region. Gary Lafountaine invented many different patterns, has written many books and videos, spoke on tour and made huge advances for many fly fishermen. This deep sparkle pattern is a staple in my fly box. You can nymph this fly under an indicator, drop it off a dry fly or swing it through the riffles. This is not only a killer nymph pattern, but durable as well.
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On a recent guide trip down the Madison we encountered just about every season in just one day. We had snow, rain and sun. This picture shows the clouds hanging on the Gravelly Range. We were able to outrun this storm and make it to the sunshine just a mile downstream. We had the river to ourselves this day and the fishing was well worth the storms we encountered. As they say, "if you don’t like the weather in Montana, just wait 10 minutes."