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Madison River - Upper - May 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Reminder: Upper Madison from outlet of Quake Lake to MacAttee Bridge and again from Ennis boat ramp downstream to Ennis Lake are CLOSED to all fishing until the General Fishing Season opens May 18th!!

ENNIS BOAT RAMP is now open

Higher water levels have the fish loving it.  Flows have been pretty much stable now since PPL last jumped it a Hebgen on May 4th.

Not to sound like a broken record, but the Upper Maddy has been one of the more consistently good to excellent fisheries around SW MT  for awhile now.  Hatch-wise, there's midges, baetis, some March Browns and on the water down by Ennis, there are caddis.  Also in the mix is the Skwala stonefly.  Rivers further west of here get the notriety of having this stonefly in abundance and peeps are trained in on it.  Maddy?? Yes, here too.  But not in big numbers.  However,  If you wanted, and you stuck with it, you could get a fish or three to eat the skwala dry.  Best bets as it typical here, however, are the nymphing game and streamer action.  Really hard to beat the rubberlegs and a dropper gig.  Or just a good black wooly bugger.....

Flies to Try:
Pat's Rubber Leg Stone 6-10 brown, brown/black, olive
PT 14-18
San Juan Worm Red 6-10
Little Spanker PT 14-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Lightening Bug Silver 16-20
Home Invader Black 4
Dolly Llama Olive 4

 
Madison River - Upper - April 30th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Reminder: Upper Madison from outlet of Quake Lake to MacAttee Bridge and again from Ennis boat ramp downstream to Ennis Lake are CLOSED to all fishing until the General Fishing Season opens May 18th!!

Ennis boat ramp continues to be closed.  However, you can use Valley Garden.  Just DONT fish from Ennis down.....

The water releases from Hebgen continue to be bumped up today after being stable for the past almost week.  Flows are getting up there as far as easy wading in the "between the lakes" zone.  However, downstream below MacAttee, the added water is nice for those rowing driftboats.  A bit more water between the chines and the multitude of rocks! 

Fishing continues to be good.  There are reports of baetis as well as midges.  Hatch activity is better on the cloudier days with less wind. And if you hunt around, you can find some fish willing to eat a dry.  Skwala stoneflies are also present.  While not getting the notoriety for a "super hatch" as on other MT rivers- esp those West of the divide, the Maddy does have it's own skwalas.  If you wanted, and you stuck with it, you could get a fish or three to eat the skwala dry.  Best bets as it typical here, however, are the nymphing game and streamer action.  Really hard to beat the rubberlegs and a dropper gig.  Or just a good black wooly bugger.....

Flies to Try:
Pat's Rubber Leg Stone 6-10 brown, brown/black, olive
PT 14-18
San Juan Worm Red 6-10
Little Spanker PT 14-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Lightening Bug Silver 16-20
Home Invader Black 4
Dolly Llama Olive 4

 
Madison River - Upper - April 24th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Reminder: Upper Madison from outlet of Quake Lake to MacAttee Bridge and again from Ennis boat ramp downstream to Ennis Lake are CLOSED to all fishing until the General Fishing Season opens May 18th!!

Plenty of fishing to be had however in a lot of very good areas on the Upper.  Reports in the "between the lakes" area has been good.   Nymphing the usual Maddy fare up there as well as small black & olive bunny leach patterns have been producing.  Downstream from Story Ditch down to Ennis, stopping and hitting the good runs is productive.  Dead-drifting a bugger & a bead works well.  Lots of good size bows are on the move up river and will eat a well presented nymph rig.  Several nice browns have shown as well on swung streamers while on the move between anchoring spots.

Flies to Try:
Pat's Rubber Leg Stone 6-10 brown, brown/black, olive
PT 14-18
San Juan Worm Red 6-10
Little Spanker PT 14-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Lightening Bug Silver 16-20
Home Invader Black 4
Dolly Llama Olive 4

 
Madison River - Upper - April 10th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Reminder: Upper Madison from outlet of Quake Lake to MacAttee Bridge and again from Ennis boat ramp downstream to Ennis Lake are CLOSED to all fishing until the General Fishing Season opens May 18th!!

Plenty of fishing to be had however in a lot of very good areas on the Upper.  Reports in the "between the lakes" area has been good.   Nymphing the usual Maddy fare up there as well as small black & olive bunny leach patterns have been producing.  Downstream from Story Ditch down to Ennis, stopping and hitting the good runs is productive.  Dead-drifting a bugger & a bead works well.  Lots of good size bows are on the move up river and will eat a well presented nymph rig.  Several nice browns have shown as well on swung streamers while on the move between anchoring spots.

Flies to Try:
Pat's Rubber Leg Stone 6-10 brown, brown/black, olive
PT 14-18
San Juan Worm Red 6-10
Little Spanker PT 14-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Lightening Bug Silver 16-20
Home Invader Black 4
Dolly Llama Olive 4

 
Madison River - Upper - April 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Reminder: Upper Madison from outlet of Quake Lake to MacAttee Bridge and again from Ennis boat ramp downstream to Ennis Lake are CLOSED to all fishing until the General Fishing Season opens May 18th!!

Plenty of fishing to be had however in a lot of very good areas on the Upper.  Reports in the "between the lakes" area has been good.   Nymphing the usual Maddy fare up there as well as small black & olive bunny leach patterns have been producing.  Downstream from Story Ditch down to Ennis, stopping and hitting the good runs is productive.  Dead-drifting a bugger & a bead works well.  Lots of good size bows are on the move up river and will eat a well presented nymph rig.  Several nice browns have shown as well on swung streamers while on the move between anchoring spots.

Flies to Try:
Pat's Rubber Leg Stone 6-10 brown, brown/black, olive
PT 14-18
San Juan Worm Red 6-10
Little Spanker PT 14-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Lightening Bug Silver 16-20
Home Invader Black 4
Dolly Llama Olive 4

 
Madison River - Upper - March 26th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Reminder: Upper Madison from outlet of Quake Lake to MacAttee Bridge and again from Ennis boat ramp downstream to Ennis Lake are CLOSED to all fishing until the General Fishing Season opens May 18th!!

Plenty of fishing to be had however in a lot of very good areas on the Upper.  Reports in the "between the lakes" area has been good.   Nymphing the usual Maddy fare up there as well as small black & olive bunny leach patterns have been producing.  Downstream from Story Ditch down to Ennis, stopping and hitting the good runs is very productive.  Again, usual Maddy fare for in here is working quite well.  Lots of good size bows are on the move up river and will eat a well presented nymph rig.  Several nice browns have shown as well on swung streamers while on the move between anchoring spots.

Flies to Try:
Pat's Rubber Leg Stone 6-10 brown, brown/black, olive
PT 14-18
San Juan Worm Red 6-10
Little Spanker PT 14-16
Zebra Midge Black 16-20
Lightening Bug Silver 16-20
Home Invader Black 4
Dolly Llama Olive 4