Fishing Reports

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Madison River - Upper - September 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Getting better on the Upper continues to be the word as of late.  Water levels have been pumped up a bit recently which is a good thing.  Was it because the flows were too low in August during the middle of summer?  No.  Go figure- there's been water in the lake ALL summer long.  The river was bumped now, in mid Sept because of knowledge that there needs to be a draw down before next springs runoff.  Don't ask.... We do know this, along with the water levels coming up, the temps are dropping and fish are happy!   There's the slew of smaller fish that will eat your bugs all day long while more and more good size fish (and a few Biggies) are starting to show up consistently.  Bugger n' beads or Bunny n' beads has been good down under.  Hoppers and terrestrials are decent as well.  Streamer junkies are catching a few nice fish per day.  Look for it all to be getting better as fall progresses!

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Madison River - Upper - September 5th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Labor Day Monday... You got the day off?  Heading to the river and want to play?  You're not alone....  Alas, regardless of how the river may treat you today, it's still a good day.  Have a beer, heck, have 2 and enjoy Montana and the Madison!  Getting better on the Upper has been the word as of late.  Some may still say it's stricktly day to day as to whether the fish will eat.  We do know this, there are plenty of hoppers around as are the nocturnal goldenstones and a scattering of mayflies and caddis.  Go forth and try.  That's all you can do!.  There's the slew of smaller fish that will eat your bugs all day long and shots at a few really good fish will materialize out of nowhere.  Stay sharp and on your game or you'll fail to capitalize on those bigger dudes.  When they're gone, they're gone....  Right now, folks are getting fish on dries such as Chubby Chernobyl, Al's Glommer, Turks, Rubberleg stimi, followed by a tungsten bead caddis pupa, lightning bugs, little spankers and the like.  Nymphing?  McCune's Sculpin, Copper Zonkers, Green RL buggers as a lead with the same beadhead droppers have all been producers. 

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Madison River - Upper - August 25th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Day to day is one way to look at the Upper Maddy.  Frustrating is another.  Just depends upon who you talk to.  Reports are decent.  Can't say as that it's excellent, but good.  Seems that the river is following the same general pattern it has for the past couple Augusts with a day where the bigger fish seem to be active followed by a day or two of nothing but feisty but more junior sized dudes eating where the big boys had been.  No rhyme or reason, pattern, or whatever.  Early morning and late in the evening have been best.  Middle of the day through the heat has been less than great.  There's the slew of smaller fish that will eat your bugs all day long and shots at a few really good fish will materialize out of nowhere.  Stay sharp and on your game or you'll fail to capitalize on those bigger dudes.  When they're gone, they're gone....  Nocturnal goldenstones and caddis continue to be the mainstay on the Maddy right now. Look for terrestrial hopper fishing to get better in the coming weeks as hayfields dry out and those grasseating long-leggers will be showing up bankside.  Right now, folks are getting fish on dries such as Chubby Chernobyl, Al's Glommer, Turks, Rubberleg stimi, followed by a tungsten bead caddis pupa, lightning bugs, little spankers and the like.  Nymphing?  McCune's Sculpin, Copper Zonkers, Green RL buggers as a lead with the same beadhead droppers have all been producers. 

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Madison River - Upper - August 13th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Day to day is one way to look at the Upper Maddy.  Frustrating is another.  Just depends upon who you talk to.  Reports are decent.  Can't say as that it's excellent, but good.  Seems that the river is following the same general pattern it has for the past couple Augusts with a day where the bigger fish seem to be active followed by a day or two of nothing but feisty but more junior sized dudes eating where the big boys had been.  No rhyme or reason, pattern, or whatever.  Early morning and late in the evening have been best.  Middle of the day through the heat has been less than great.  There's the slew of smaller fish that will eat your bugs all day long and shots at a few really good fish will materialize out of nowhere.  Stay sharp and on your game or you'll fail to capitalize on those bigger dudes.  When they're gone, they're gone....  Nocturnal goldenstones and caddis continue to be the mainstay on the Maddy right now. Look for terrestrial hopper fishing to get better in the coming weeks as hayfields dry out and those grasseating long-leggers will be showing up bankside.  Right now, folks are getting fish on dries such as Chubby Chernobyl, Al's Glommer, Turks, Rubberleg stimi, followed by a tungsten bead caddis pupa, lightning bugs, little spankers and the like.  Nymphing?  McCune's Sculpin, Copper Zonkers, Green RL buggers as a lead with the same beadhead droppers have all been producers. 

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401
 
Madison River - Upper - August 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Water levels have continued to drop on the Madison river system.  We are now very close to "normal" for early August.  While the river is getting a bit skinny in some places (think Cameron flats), we won't complain as the river is staying cool for the most part. 

Guide reports are remaining good.  Can't say as that it's excellent, but good.  Early morning and late in the evening have been best.  Middle of the day through the heat has been less than great.  There's a ton of smaller fish that will eat your bugs all day long and shots at a few really good fish will materialize out of nowhere.  Stay sharp and on your game or you'll fail to capitalize on those bigger dudes.  When they're gone, they're gone....  Nocturnal goldenstones and caddis continue to be the mainstay on the Maddy right now. Look for terrestrial hopper fishing to get better in the coming weeks as hayfields dry out and those grasseating long-leggers will be showing up bankside.  Right now, folks are getting fish on dries such as Chubby Chernobyl, Al's Glommer, Turks, Rubberleg stimi, followed by a tungsten bead caddis pupa, lightning bugs, little spankers and the like.  Nymphing?  McCune's Sculpin, Copper Zonkers, Green RL buggers as a lead with the same beadhead droppers have all been producers. 

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401
 
Madison River - Upper - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDs, and caddis continue to be the mainstay on the Maddy right now.  Salmonflies are pretty much done for the year.  What there are left are predominantely on the very upper river closest to Hebgen.  Water levels are still a bit elevated for most 'normal' late July time periods.  However, we won't complain as the river is staying cool and it's pretty easy getting around out there without too much in the way of hitting rocks or scraping through areas like there has been in summers past.  With as much water as we have this seaon, it's going to be a great August and September!  Guide reports continue to be solid.  Folks are getting nice fish on dries such as Chubby Chernobyl, Al's Glommer, Turks, Rubberleg stimi, followed by a tungsten bead caddis pupa, lightning bugs, little spankers and the like.  Nymphing?  McCune's Sculpin, Copper Zonkers, Green RL buggers as a lead with the same beadhead droppers have all been producers. 

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401