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Madison River - Upper - July 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Salmon Flies are out and about on the Upper.  The bugs are out from above Ennis to the Lyons Bridge area. Fish are definitely looking up and are eating big stonefly dry patterns!!  Yeehaw!  It's about time!  Along with the Big Bugs just about every other kind of bug is hatching it seems, too.  Lots of goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDs, and caddis are popping so don't stay overly glued to salmonfly patterns.  These others are getting eaten in a big way as well.  River clarity is improving each day and is definitely better the higher you go up the river valley.  Some of the feeder creeks like Indian and Ruby are still throwing some color into the main river. 

All the way up in the wade section, things are rocking here as well.  Lots of folks out working the banks, seams, and pockets.  Stoneflies are up here as well as the good caddis fishing.  Mornings have seen good to great nymphing as well as streamer fishing and once things warm a bit, especially into the afternoon, the hatches have been coming off very well with fish looking up and eating dries.  Reports have been that the late evening caddis has finally been producing very good results on the dry flies.

All in all, the Madison is firing on all cylinders right now and it's as good as it gets.  Look for conditions like this to stick around for the next week or so and water levels continuing to drop.  The Yellowstone is still a little ways out, but it's coming around.....

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Madison River - Upper - July 11th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Salmon Flies are out and about on the Upper. Though we haven't heard any lights out reports, it does continue to get better every single day. The bugs are out from above Ennis to the Lyons Bridge. There haven't been consistent dry eaters but you can get it done. The short leash with a BIG rubber legs followed by a sally nymph or small king prince it the most productive way of fishing right now. A big bobber with a larger dark bodied streamer has also stuck fish.

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Madison River - Upper - June 23rd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Maddy fans continue to be putting some fish to hand.  Hebgen releases are flat line at a bit over 2600 cfs which is a lot of water so be prepared for some heavy flows.  Word for the coming weeks is that the higher flows will continue.  Hebgen Lake managers are working to keep the flow around Kirby Station in the 3500 cfs range, but with the amount of water still possibly coming, it may prove a difficult task.  

Above the West Fork water clarity is considerably better than below.  With the warmer weather, a couple of the feeder creeks coming in like Beaver Crk and Cabin Crk are throwing more dirt in again as more rapid snow melt is occurring.  Had a report that this is diminishing the almost 2 feet of visibility that the waters above West Fork were experiencing. 

Pounding the banks with heavily weighted rubberlegs followed by droppers of San Juans or beadhead mayfly nymphs and caddis selections has been a top producer.  Streamer fans are also doing fairly well.  While maybe not putting a bend in the rod as often as the nymphers, the fish are quality. 

Below the West Fork it's been a bit more hit & miss.  Water clarity is still an issue as are the huge flows.  Until the West Fork quits pumping in as much color, things are a bit limited.  You can still catch a few down this way but it's not easy.  If you are looking to float, be aware that because of the high waters, the low bridge at Wolf Cr is going to pose an obstruction to navigating through.  Better scout ahead!