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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

 
Madison River - Upper - October 10th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Other than the fact that the water is low, the Upper Maddy has been fishing very nicely.  It's fall, and it's the Maddy, so the dry fly game is limited.  Likely a bit more in the pocket water areas in the Wade Fishing zone more so than down in the valley. Fish may be looking up in certain protected lines and eddies. Especially if we have a good baetis hatch and bugs are on the water.  Productivity is best left to streamer fishing or under an indicator.    Rubberlegs, bunny fur, and san juans are all good choices out front.  And add your favorite Maddy small beadhead on back.  Fished about 5-7 feet under an indy. Or without and on a tight line barely creeping along.  Both methods continue to be good.

 
Madison River - Upper - October 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Very respectable reports coming from the Upper.  Least, that's what we had before the wind.  Hasn't been too many folks out there the past 3 days with the 40-50MPH blow we've experienced!  Cool water and a sense of fall urgency has the Upper fishing very well all through the day now.  Not much has changed as far as what to throw. There's a few fish that will eat the dry.  Especially if we have a good baetis hatch and bugs are on the water.  Fish will be looking up in certain protected lines and eddies.  However, nymphing as well as stripping streamers continues to be the most productive means of putting a bend in the rod.  Rubberlegs, bunny fur, and san juans are all good choices out front.  And add your favorite Maddy small beadhead on back.  Fished about 5-7 feet under an indy. Or without and on a tight line barely creeping along.  Both methods have been good.