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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!
 
Madison River - Upper - July 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Excellent
Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/3/14

The salmonflies are here! If you want to chase the big bugs head up river to Lyons Bridge or Pallisades, tie on the biggest dry fly you've got, and hang on. Golden stones, yellow sallies, caddis, and PMDs round out the current fish fare. Fish are holding along the banks and in larger mid-river pockets and seams. Don't expect to be the only one on the river, but willing fish and strong hatches has meant a lot of hook-ups! Slipping in below the salmoflies has proved to be very productive as the golden stones and larger chocolate caddis have kept the fish looking up. Lower flows have meant wade fishing is a great option right now so grab your waders and hit the road!

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
Thunderstorms loom in the forecast for today but looking forward into the next week the weatherman is calling for warm days and blue skies. Expect strong stonefly activity with the warmer days. Don't forget the suncreen at home! Wind is expected to sit down this weekend which will make for some great conditions.

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

 
Madison River - Upper - June 25th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 73 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/25/14
The big bugs have yet to show up yet, but the nymphing has made for some great all-day action. The big salmonfly nymphs are crawling towards the shore, so fishing lightly weighted stonefly imitations up against the bank and in pocket water is a sure bet. For your second nymph consider either another stonefly or tie on a caddis pupa beadhead. Keep an eye out for rising fish where the tributaries pour in and create longer seams. There have been a few fish willing to take larger dries such as Chubby Chernobyls and Chernobyl Ants, but we are still waiting for the big bug action to move into full swing. Periods of cloudier skies still are providing good streamer fishing for those looking for the big tugs. Flows are hovering right at 1,100 CFS and clarity is continuing to improve. There is some rain in the forecast for the next week so don't forget the rain coats if you're headed that way but the fishing will be great!

Recommended Flies:
Elk-hair Caddis sz 12-18
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Goddard Caddis sz 12-16
X-2 Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz PMD sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 14-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Royal Trude sz 14-18
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
McCune's Sculpin sz 4-8
Lowe's Beadhead Juicy Legs sz 6-8
Sculpzilla sz 4-8
Pats Rubberlegs sz 4-10
Poxyback Golden Stone sz 10-14
Tungsten Goldenstone sz 8-12
Kyle's Beadhead Sally sz 12-14
Psycho Prince sz 14
BH Golden Prince sz 12-14
Lightning Bug sz 12-16
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
San Juan Worm sz 8-12

Its not to early to start thinking about patterns for the salmonflies. It will be a welcome sight to see hungry trout inhaling chubby chernobyls, fat franks, flutterbugs, and all of our other favorite big dries. Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!


 
Madison River - Upper - June 18th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Flyfishing:

Cold weather this past week has kept the salmonflies at bay but fishing has remained solid. It'll be a minute before we leave the little dry box at home in favor of big bugs but for now enjoy some excellent Caddis and good PMD fishing. Fish are being caught on a range of patterns with subsurface nymphing being the most effective method. Big stonefly nymphs with smaller droppers below an indicator has been the ticket. For droppers we like caddis but don't hesitate to ditch the dropper for a second stonefly if they are grabbing the first. Grey skies and rain have made for some good streamer fishing and we expect that will continue as long the colder weather holds.

Recommended Flies:
Elk-hair Caddis sz 12-18
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Goddard Caddis sz 12-16
X-2 Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz PMD sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 14-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Royal Trude sz 14-18
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
McCune's Sculpin sz 4-8
Lowe's Beadhead Juicy Legs sz 6-8
Sculpzilla sz 4-8
Pats Rubberlegs sz 4-10
Poxyback Golden Stone sz 10-14
Tungsten Goldenstone sz 8-12
Kyle's Beadhead Sally sz 12-14
Psycho Prince sz 14
BH Golden Prince sz 12-14
Lightning Bug sz 12-16
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
San Juan Worm sz 8-12

Its not to early to start thinking about patterns for the salmonflies. It will be a welcome sight to see hungry trout inhaling chubby chernobyls, fat franks, flutterbugs, and all of our other favorite big dries. Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
Madison River - Upper - June 12th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Madison Flyfishing:

Caddis and PMD fishing to continues to keep things interesting and the Salmonflies are primed to hatch within the next week and a half. Water remains milky but getting better by the day. Above average streamer fishing with big black buggers makes for some plenty of big brown trout and high-fives.  Flows have been decreased which should make for some excellent dry-fly action in the coming days. Throwing stonefly nymphs under an indicator will also yield good results until the Salmonfly emergencegets going full swing. The Chubby Chernobyl hatch will quickly follow.

Recommended Flies:
Elk-hair Caddis sz 12-18
Bloom's Paracaddis sz 12-16
Goddard Caddis sz 12-16
X-2 Caddis sz 14-18
HiViz PMD sz 14-18
Purple Haze sz 14-18
Loop Wing PMD sz 14-18
Rusty Spinner sz 14-18
Royal Trude sz 14-18
Coffey's Sparkle Minnow sz 4-6
McCune's Sculpin sz 4-8
Lowe's Beadhead Juicy Legs sz 6-8
Sculpzilla sz 4-8
Pats Rubberlegs sz 4-10
Poxyback Golden Stone sz 10-14
Tungsten Goldenstone sz 8-12
Kyle's Beadhead Sally sz 12-14
Psycho Prince sz 14
BH Golden Prince sz 12-14
Lightning Bug sz 12-16
Pheasant Tail sz 14-18
San Juan Worm sz 8-12

Its not to early to start thinking about patterns for the salmonflies. It will be a welcome sight to see hungry trout inhaling chubby chernobyls, fat franks, flutterbugs, and all of our other favorite big dries. Stop by the shop or drop us a line at (406)-333-4401 for all the latest scoop. Now get fishing!
 
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