Fishing Reports

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Madison River - Upper - July 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Maddy reports have been coming back with thumbs up.  Salmonflies are pretty much done.  There's a remaining few way up around Raynolds and such.  Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDS, and Caddis are what's been extremely strong in the hatch department for the past week or more.  The dry fly fishing continues so be very, very good.  Though fish are not just eating willy nilly.  Flies need to be well presented and drifting drag free to get eaten.  Best dry fly activity seems to be on the upper reaches so Lyons to Storey Ditch area with some good but spotty dry fly eats down around Varney.  For those who like to toss the nymph under an indy, it's been fishing very well too.  Mac down to town has had some very solid results with bugger n bead, zonkers, Pat's RL and other bigger front flies with small serengolds, lightning bugs and beads on the back.  Pretty much standard Maddy fare.

Stay Tuned for continuing river reports.  Stop by the shop and check out our selection of salmonflies and other patterns.  We'll be happy to help you with any of your fly fishing needs.  Open 7 days a week.

 
Madison River - Upper - July 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Salmonfly! Bugs are up around Lyons Bridge and into the walk/wade section.  Fishing has been really good with goldenstone and sally emergences coming on strong as well.  Caddis are running around like crazy and reports have been that the late evening ugs bite has been really good.

Guides are reporting fishing big, black, and heavy stonefly nymphs with a smaller beadhead caddis or mayfly patterns in the heavier runs as well as in the middle of the river will get you a tight line. Seems fish are spreading out throughout the river now that there has been considerable pressure to the banks.  The Dry fly bite has been really good or not so much depending upon who you talk to.  Seems everyone is tossing a huge salmonfly dry. Maybe think about switching to something a little smaller might work.  Just saying....

You won't be alone on the Upper at all, period.  That said, take a minute to reflect on being a good neighbor and let's all work to get along.  It's not a contest.  It's fishing... Isn't this supposed to be the "quiet sport"?  Let's work together to have a good time out there and not be discourteous to our fellow angling brethren.

Stay Tuned for continuing river reports.  Stop by the shop and check out our selection of salmonflies and other patterns.  We'll be happy to help you with any of your fly fishing needs.  Open 7 days a week.

 
Madison River - Upper - June 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Salmonfly!  Big Bugs are in the Pallisades to Ruby Creek stretch and a good emergence is underway heading up above toward Windy Point and Lyons bridge.  Good goldenstone and sally emergence coming on strong as well.  Caddis are running around like crazy and reports have been that the late evening caddis bite has been really good.

Guides are reporting fishing big, black, and heavy stonefly nymphs with a smaller beadhead caddis or mayfly patterns in the heavier runs as well as in the middle of the river will get you a tight line. Seems fish are spreading out throughout the river now that there has been considerable pressure to the banks.  The Dry fly bite has been really good or not so much depending upon who you talk to.  Seems everyone is tossing a huge salmonfly dry. Maybe think about switching to something a little smaller might work.  Just saying....

You won't be alone on the Upper at all, period.  That said, take a minute to reflect on being a good neighbor and let's all work to get along.  It's not a contest.  It's fishing... Isn't this supposed to be the "quiet sport"?  Let's work together to have a good time out there and not be discourteous to our fellow angling brethren.

Stay Tuned for continuing river reports.  Stop by the shop and check out our selection of salmonflies and other patterns.  We'll be happy to help you with any of your fly fishing needs.  Open 7 days a week.

 
Madison River - Upper - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Salmonfly!  That's the word anyway.  Big Bugs are in the Varney to Ennis stretch and a good emergence is underway.  Fishing big, black, and heavy will get you a tight line.  Good goldenstone and sally emergence coming on strong as well.  Dry fly bite hasn't quite taken effect just yet, but it's not far off.

You won't be alone on the Upper this weekend.  Big Bug junkies from all around will be flowing in to the Upper Maddy reaches in the coming days.  That said, take a minute to reflect on being a good neighbor and let's all work to get along.  It's not a contest.  It's fishing... Isn't this supposed to be the "quiet sport"?  Let's work together to have a good time out there and not be discourteous to our fellow angling brethren.

Big, black, and ugly.  Did we mention that again?  Hmm, take note.  Yuk bugs, Pat's RL Stones, Pepperoni Yuks, Bitch Creeks, Hurless Nymphs, all are good starting points.  Large princes, NFork Specials, Iron Sallies, Hare's Ears, Lightning bugs, FB Pts, Copper Johns, are all good dropper flies.  Streamer guys are saying black as well as olive are good go-to colors.  Put the junk right on the bank and twitch it off...

Stay Tuned for continuing river reports.  Stop by the shop and check out our selection of salmonflies and other patterns.  We'll be happy to help you with any of your fly fishing needs.  Open 7 days a week.

 
Madison River - Upper - June 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Steadily improving water. That's the focus on the Upper Maddy this week.  Walk-n-Wade only section (above Lyons) has the better water conditions as far as clarity goes.  Below the West Fork, the river continues to carry more color.  And a few more tribs coming in throughout the rest of the valley as you head toward Ennis are keeping things down to 18 inches of viz.  

When's will the Salmonflies show?  That's been the big question.  With Father's Day on Sunday, it could be any day.  Now is the traditional time for them to kick in and start heading up the river for the next couple weeks.

To get it done- nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, Princes, PT's, Hare's Ears, Copper Johns, while on the fly are all great fish catching possibilities.  Find those juicy runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you will find the fish.




 
Madison River - Upper - June 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 72 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Somewhere between "Green is good" and "Not so much" may be a good way to describe the Upper Maddy right now. Above the West Fork things are a bit on the cleaner side of things.  Below?  It's a bit more of the second situation.  Though not completely blown out.  above the West Fork it's green-ish with about 18 inches of viz.  Plenty good for up there and it's fishing quite good.  Get below the West Fork and that good green becomes quite a bit more brown.  Viz drops to about a foot.  Good thing is, if you want to look at this way, it's going to be a bit on the nasty side of things here again this weekend.  Tomorrow (Sat) being the worst.  Possibility of snow even.  With this, flows will be decreasing coming out of the West Fork and with it, less mud.  So at least for the short term, watch for actually improving water conditions.  After about Weds next week?  May go back the other way and get a bit dirty again.  However, is there really that much snow left up high?  We're guesstimating that there's not that much really left to come out and we should be on the better side of runoff with slowly diminishing flow rates and improving water conditions.  

To get it done- nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, Princes, PT's, Hare's Ears, Copper Johns, while on the fly are all great fish catching possibilities.  Find those juicy runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you will find the fish.