The Ruby is a nice option in the spring. The smaller valley doesn’t produce as strong of winds as the Madison and the dam protects the waters a bit early run off. Nymphing is always very productive with small worms, egg patterns, baetis nymphs and sometimes dead drifted streamers. Streamer fishing early can sometimes also be productive with smaller black patterns. Often the surface action can be very worth while with a late morning midge hatch followed by baetis.
The Month Ahead:
The Ruby should continue to fish well with midges dropping off and baetis becoming more and more prolific. By late May the waters can rise to very high levels making wading difficult with the willow choked banks.
Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Ruby is very good just before and after run off. During run off fishing becomes difficult with the wading access. Usually around mid to late June flows drop back to ideal levels and fishing is very good.