"If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain."

With the much needed rain that SouthWest Montana has been getting recently, we've seen a signaficant spike in the the Madison River.  Flows are near 4,000 cfs at Varney Bridge and are giving the old girl a nice spring flush.  Here in Ennis the Madison River is big and brown-brown. That will move those fish to the banks to forage on all the stonefly nymphs in the drift.  Fishing these waters at this time of year can be as rewarding as it gets but you have to be willing get down and dirty! 0X tippet and a #4 Turd are the norm.  High-stick 'em through the big eddies and bank seams.

If you prefer clearer water, try the Lower Madison whcih has also come up quite a lot, but is still running much clearer than the upper. Similar flies and tactics apply, although the streamer bite maybe a little better.

On another note, Sammies have been spotted on the Big Hole. This weekend should be good!

With the rest of the week calling for T-Storms it's looking like we'll see more water getting pumped into the Madison River.  Even though most of us are probably sick and tired of the rain, we need it now more than ever.  Come August we'll be praying for rain and no one wants to see forest fires.  Like Dolly Parton said "The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain."