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Madison River - Upper - April 12th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Showers
  • 45 ° 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...

Rainy today with much cooler temps than the past several days.  Look for good water conditions to continue here on the Upper Madison.  However, with as warm as it's been, the river is on the rise.  Mind you it's not a huge bump.  So-  Go Fish!  Open from MacAtee to Ennis ramp, it's all been good. 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 deeper runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you won't be disappointed..

For all you questioning: YES you can get out at Ennis boat ramp!


 
Madison River - Upper - April 5th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Snow showers
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
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...

Snow today with much cooler temps than the past several days.  Look for excellent water conditions to continue here on the Upper Madison.  Very clear, clean water and at 1300 cfs at Cameron, great levels for spring!   Go Fish!  Open from MacAtee to Ennis ramp, it's all been good. 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 deeper runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you won't be disappointed..

For all you questioning: YES you can get out at Ennis boat ramp!


 
Madison River - Upper - April 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 43 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
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...

Warmer than typical weather- check.  Sunny days, with night temps above freezing- check.  Yet, the Upper Madison has remained one of the most stable  rivers  in the area as far as water levels.  Very clear, clean water and at 1300 cfs at Cameron, excellent levels for spring!   Go Fish!  Open from MacAtee to Ennis ramp, it's all been good. 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 deeper runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you won't be disappointed..

For all you questioning: YES you can get out at Ennis boat ramp!


 
Madison River - Upper - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 53 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
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...

Looking like an aquarium (seriously, this may be some of the cleanest, clearest water around...) the Upper is in great shape.  Stable water levels are a plus and while the valley doesn't have any snow hardly at all, higher moutain snowpack seems to be hanging in there and not running of making small feeders as well as the West Fork blow out.  Open from MacAtee to Ennis ramp, it's all been good. 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 deeper runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you won't be disappointed..

For all you questioning: YES you can get out at Ennis boat ramp!


 
Madison River - Upper - January 6th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 32 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Water flow was bumped again from Hebgen Dam.  But it's fairly small.  About 80 cfs.  It's up to just a little over 1100. As it is, Bureau of Rec is moving a fair bit of water through the Maddy and has all winterlong.  Look for this to continue as water managers are preparing to have all watersheds possible in good shape to fill up come spring runoff time.

The upper Maddy between the lakes is always a good bet to get some winter fishing in.  And down toward Ennis in the Varney section.  Those are the 2 areas I'd concentrate on.  Nymphing will be your best bet although as January progresses and Feb comes, there will be more and more midges present and given a day of overcast and not much wind, I'd bet you could get 'er done on top with small dries.  In the meantime, just like any other winter fishing locations, find the deep stuff that doesn't move lickety-split.  Take your time and fish it slow.  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, PT's, Hare's Ears, Copper Johns, are all great.  Midge pupa and larvae are the droppers of choice.


 
Madison River - Upper - October 7th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Very good water conditions on the Upper Madison have the fish here quite happy.  Word has been that it's good from Ennis all the way up the valley to Lyons.  Water temps are quite good and baetis are definitely present.   Nymphing has been the most prevalent means to put fish to the net.  Dry fly guys are catching a few.  And Streamer junkies are catching a few very nice fish per day along with the usual assortment of middle sizers to boot. Bugger n' beads or Bunny n' beads has been good down under.   Look for it all to be getting better as fall progresses!

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