Fishing Reports

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Madison River - Upper - August 20th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/20/14
Fish early and fish late-- the heat has caught up to the river and mid-day fishing has been tough. During the cooler parts of the day caddis, spruce moths, smaller mayflies, and attractor patterns are bringing fish up. Nymphing with stoneflies and smaller attractor droppers is effective. The weather forecast for the upcoming week is calling for fall weather to start rolling in with cooler temps that should make for more consistent all-day action. With the weather will come some wind and rain so be ready for that but the fish don't care and will be ready to eat all the same.

Recommended Flies
Fat Frank sz 8-12
Pav's Yellowstone Chubby sz 8-10
Purple Haze sz 14-16
Copper Haze sz 12-16
HiViz River God sz 14-16
Rusty Spinner sz 14-16
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16
Parachute Madam X size 10-14
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Twenty-Incher stone sz 6-10
Mangy Caddis sz 14-16
LaFontaine's Caddis Pupa sz 12-14
Morrish's Super Pupa sz 14
Psycho Prince sz 10-14
Lightning bug sz 12-16
Serendipity sz 14-18

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Madison River - Upper - August 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/12/14
The dog days of summer are here. Fish are happy early in the morning and late in the evening before the sun gets a chance to boil the river. The fish will be looking up for an assortment of PMDs, Caddisflies, hoppers, beetles, ants, and spruce moths. With water temps creeping up over the course of the day, the trout will move into slightly faster and slightly deeper water so look for foam lines and bubbles and cast right in the heart of them. Midday sticking with terrestrials can keep the bite alive. Fishing stoneflies, caddis pupa, mayfly nymphs and attractor nymphs under an indicator is working well through the deeper pockets. The fish are in there and waiting to eat, now go get 'em!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12
Chubby Chernobyl Olive sz 10-12
Chubby Chernobyl Brown sz 6-10
Fat Frank sz 8-12
Pav's Yellowstone Chubby sz 8-10
Purple Haze sz 14-16
Copper Haze sz 12-16
HiViz River God sz 14-16
Rusty Spinner sz 14-16
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16
Parachute Madam X size 10-14
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Twenty-Incher stone sz 6-10
Mangy Caddis sz 14-16
LaFontaine's Caddis Pupa sz 12-14
Morrish's Super Pupa sz 14
Psycho Prince sz 10-14
Lightning bug sz 12-16
Serendipity sz 14-18

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Upper - July 30th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/30/14
Set the alarm clocks early and beat the sun to the river; the summer heat is catching up to the fish and making them a little trickier to catch. Early and late are the best times to be on the water and expect to see PMDs, yellow sallies, and lingering but waning caddis. The spruce moths are due to turn up any day which should turn up the fish activity in the coming weeks. The hopper, ant, and beetle fishing is picking up quick and can be the ticket if you are out in the water late morning through the afternoon. Nymphing remains a productive option with caddis pupae, stoneflies, and attractor type flies working the best. It has been SPF50 weather but the fish are eating and fishing is good!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12
Chubby Chernobyl Olive sz 10-12
Chubby Chernobyl Brown sz 6-10
Fat Frank sz 8-12
Pav's Yellowstone Chubby sz 8-10
Purple Haze sz 14-16
Copper Haze sz 12-16
HiViz River God sz 14-16
Rusty Spinner sz 14-16
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16
Low Rider Sally sz 14
Micro Frank Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Parachute Madam X size 10-14
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Twenty-Incher stone sz 6-10
Mangy Caddis sz 14-16
LaFontaine's Caddis Pupa sz 12-14
Morrish's Super Pupa sz 14
Psycho Prince sz 10-14
Creepy Sally sz 12-14
Lightning bug sz 12-16
Serendipity sz 14-18

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Upper - July 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/25/14
Sunny hot days on the river mean an early start is key if you're heading to the Upper Madison this week. Caddis and PMDs are hanging around and the terrestrial fishing is starting to pick upas well. Small parachutes fished along calm pockets have worked well. Below the surface the trouting has been good with stonefly nymphs and smaller caddis dropped off behind them. The Salmonflies and Golden have made their way out of the system, but don't think the fish won't eat a big Chubby Chernobyl! Flows are at 1160 CFS which means wade fishing is a great option right now.

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12
Chubby Chernobyl Olive sz 10-12
Chubby Chernobyl Brown sz 6-10
Fat Frank sz 8-12
Pav's Yellowstone Chubby sz 8-10
Purple Haze sz 14-16
Copper Haze sz 12-16
HiViz River God sz 14-16
Rusty Spinner sz 14-16
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16
Low Rider Sally sz 14
Micro Frank Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Parachute Madam X size 10-14
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Twenty-Incher stone sz 6-10
Mangy Caddis sz 14-16
LaFontaine's Caddis Pupa sz 12-14
Morrish's Super Pupa sz 14
Psycho Prince sz 10-14
Creepy Sally sz 12-14

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Upper - July 16th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 79 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/16/14
The flood of boat trailers that showed up for the salmonfly hatch may have moved on but fishing above Ennis remains a great option. River flows and temps are ideal for dry fly fishing right now and excellent PMD and caddis activty have kept the fish interested. Yellowsallies and Golden stones are still getting eaten but the stonefly bite has cooled off. Fishing underwater with combinations of stonefly, caddis, and mayfly nymphs remains a safe bet. Bring the full dry fly arsenal if you're head this way and be ready to change things up as hatches progress. We like size 12 Copper hazes and the fish do too!

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12
Chubby Chernobyl Olive sz 10-12
Chubby Chernobyl Brown sz 6-10
Fat Frank sz 8-12
Pav's Yellowstone Chubby sz 8-10
Purple Haze sz 14-16
Copper Haze sz 12-16
HiViz River God sz 14-16
Rusty Spinner sz 14-16
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16
Low Rider Sally sz 14
Micro Frank Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Parachute Madam X size 10-14
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Twenty-Incher stone sz 6-10
Mangy Caddis sz 14-16
LaFontaine's Caddis Pupa sz 12-14
Morrish's Super Pupa sz 14
Psycho Prince sz 10-14
Creepy Sally sz 12-14

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Upper - July 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/9/14
While the big slamonfly hatch has moved on, the big bugs are still lingering around and the trout haven't stopped looking for an easy meal up top. Fishing a large stonefly dry with a dropped has been the best strategy with stonefly nymphs and caddis pupae being our favorite droppers. Keep your eyes open for localized hatches of PMDs, little yellowsallies, and larger chocolate caddis as the fish will certainly come up and eat if the bugs are available. Nymphing with a stonefly-stonefly combo or stonefly-caddis dropper also has been effective particularly in deeper pockets. Keep your flies in the water and the fish will follow.

Recommended Flies
Chubby Chernobyl Tan sz 8-12
Chubby Chernobyl Olive sz 10-12
Chubby Chernobyl Brown sz 6-10
Jake's Hotcake Salmonfly sz 6-8
Gorrilla Salmonfly sz 6
Fat Frank sz 8-12
Pav's Yellowstone Chubby sz 8-10
Purple Haze sz 14-16
HiViz River God sz 14-16
Rusty Spinner sz 14-16
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Elk Hair Caddis sz 12-16
Low Rider Sally sz 14
Micro Frank Yellow Sally sz 12-14
Parachute Madam X size 10-14
Pat's Rubberlegs sz 6-10
Twenty-Incher stone sz 6-10
Mangy Caddis sz 14-16
LaFontaine's Caddis Pupa sz 12-14
Morrish's Super Pupa sz 14
Psycho Prince sz 10-14
Creepy Sally sz 12-14

Weather Outlook
Warm weather with possible afternoon showers is in the forecast for the upcoming week (and probably the rest of the summer). Don't forget a raincoat at home but expect mostly sunny days!

Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!