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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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Madison River - Upper - July 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 78 ° 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. 

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Madison River - Upper - July 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDs, and caddis continue to be the mainstay on the Maddy right now.  Salmonflies are present, although predominantely on the very upper river around Raynolds Pass above Lyons bridge.  While there may not be many of the big bugs still evident in the middle to lower valley, salmonfly patterns will still raise some nice fish.  River clarity continues to improve and flows are on the steady drop making for some very good fishing.  Guide reports have been solid all week long.  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.  All in all, the Madison is in great shape and fishing well.

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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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