Fishing Reports

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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.




 
Madison River - Upper - May 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Very good conditions here to meet anglers this weekend.  Cold and snowy weather has all waterways on the drop and clear.  Westfork muddy water has disappated greatly and so have the higher up creeks like Beaver Creek up between the lakes.  The entire river is in really good shape.  If not clear clear, it's green and very fishy.  Give it almost 2 feet visibility.  Nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, 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 may still find the fish.




 
Madison River - Upper - May 10th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
REMINDER: The upper Maddy from Hebgen to MacAttee as well as from Ennis Bridge to Ennis lake is closed to fishing until 3rd Sat in May...

Still decent.  Nothing really new to report in the past couple days.  Tribs coming in to the Maddy are coloring up again with the warm weather we've been seeing.  The West Fork and such are on the rise and it may not be too long before the Upper is blown out again.   Nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, 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 may still find the fish.




 
Madison River - Upper - May 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 70 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
REMINDER: The upper Maddy from Hebgen to MacAttee as well as from Ennis Bridge to Ennis lake is closed to fishing until 3rd Sat in May...

Like all the other rivers around here, things have stabilized and fishing has really picked up again.  Caddis while present on the Lower Maddy as well as through BearTrap canyon, haven't really been popping on the Upper.  They will come.  Question will be whether or not the water will stay in shape or not.  Nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, 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 may still find the fish.




 
Madison River - Upper - May 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
REMINDER: The upper Maddy from Hebgen to MacAttee as well as from Ennis Bridge to Ennis lake is closed to fishing until 3rd Sat in May...

Last report was that the Upper was still fishable.  Waters have dropped just as they have everywhere else due to the prolonged cool period we are experiencing.  Clarity is decent but not great.  The Upper is fishing OK but not great.  Nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, 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 may still find the fish.




 
Madison River - Upper - April 24th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
REMINDER: The upper Maddy from Hebgen to MacAttee as well as from Ennis Bridge to Ennis lake is closed to fishing until 3rd Sat in May...

Like many area rivers, the Upper Madison is on the rise from all the warm summer like weather we have been experiencing the past couple of days.  Tribs like the West Fork, Indian Creek, and others are definitely affecting the river in a not so great way.  Last report was that the Upper was still fishable but look for more and more water to come in and the visibility to drop.  Open from MacAtee to Ennis ramp, it's OK fishing.  Likely to diminish unless things turn around with much cooler weather.   Nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, 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 may still find the fish.