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Madison River - Upper - July 4th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Big bugs are on the upper reaches of the Upper: Palisades to Quake Lake.  Fishing has been very good all river despite the super low flows.  Releases from the dam at Hebgen are scheduled to increase 10% today and another 10% tomorrow bringing the river up to around 500cfs.  Which if you ask anyone around here, is ridiculously low still, but it's a start.  Unfortunately the water temps are hovering in the upper 60s even a daybreak.  It would be a good idea to limit your fishing hours to the early day and lay off (find a hammock and a cold drink) come about 2 or 3 in the afternoon.  Especially seeing as that it's in the 90s for daytime air temps.

Aside from the salmonflies, we're seeing great goldenstones, yellow sallies, and PMDs out there.  Caddis are a plenty as well.  All this give the angler a ton of fly patterns to choose from.  Pick your poison.  Fish dries in the AM, switch to subsurface as the daytime temps rise as well as the water temps and the fish become a touch more sluggish and head for what depths they can find.

 
Madison River - Upper - June 26th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Latest reports have the salmonflies up around the area around MacAttee bridge.    Upstream ahead of the prmary hatch area, think black and tuck it tight to the bank where the large nymphs are crawling/massing.  Otherwise, get good drifts through the holding water with large stonefly nymphs, san juans, PMD nymphs, and the like.  Nothing wrong with double floating either.  Short sections, do it twice!  Rip streamers on the first go-round, take your time to key in on the hotspots you encountered from the first time through and work things thoroughly. Through the main hatch area, where adults are heavily present in the bushes, you may actually find the fish stuffed.  That, and the fishing pressure has either moved the bigger fish well off the banks or so tight to them it would take a pry bar to get them off.  Might not be a bad idea to fish several miles below the heavy bug zone to areas where the fish are now keyed in on the big dries AND hungry once again.

The river is really low this year in comparison to year's past.  Bony is one word that's been overused actually.  How about just plain paint scratching, jaw jarring skinny?  Not a bad year to be thinking rubber.  As in a raft instead of your hardsided drifter.  Did we mention the water was low?......
 
Madison River - Upper - June 17th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Salmonfly- extravaganza!  Yeah, man, we're there!  Big Bugs are in the Ennis area and slowly moving upstream.  Good bet to get fish on dry salmonfly patterns would be from Burnt Tree downstream and through the Channels section.  That's not the only game in town down here however.  Had a report from a good friend who spent the day yesterday sight fishing to rising fish in the channels right at the Ennis Lake entrance and it was PMDs and Yellow Sallies that the fish were keyed on.  Several dandies put to hand....  Back to the big stones....  Upstream ahead of the prmary hatch area, think black and tuck it tight to the bank where the large nymphs are crawling/massing.  Otherwise, get good drifts through the holding water with large stonefly nymphs, san juans, PMD nymphs, and the like.  Nothing wrong with double floating either.  Short sections, do it twice!  Rip streamers on the first go-round, take your time to key in on the hotspots you encountered from the first time through and work things thoroughly.... We likey!


 
Madison River - Upper - June 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Sun.  Good to see you my friend!  Getting a little soggy..... With that, water temps are on the climb.  Flows are very good but could be bumped a bit as the sun/warmth start runoff to kick back in a little.  However, we think that the dirt days may not return.  A "good green" with 2 feet of vis would be nice to get back to.  And with the annual anticipation of Salmonflies and goldenstones coming on, a bit of color on the river would be a good thing.  I's anyones guess as to when the big bugs will show, but guessing Father's Day with adult salomonflies in/around Varney or Burnt Tree would be a reasonable bet.  What's going on right  now?  Caddis have been showing up well in the late PM and evenings. 

What to throw: typical Upper Maddy spring stuff!  On the run be looking at Pat's Rubber Legs (turd), san juans in various colors, Bow River Buggers, Zonkers, and such as point fly.  Add a baetis sized BH mayfly nymph, or caddis pupa pattern as the dropper.  If you find a good run and want to post up on it, change that depth and weight scenario to make sure you get down.  Otherwise, same fly rigs will work fine.  Water stays or gets even more clear, lighten up on leader X and think smaller, techy fly patterns.
 
Madison River - Upper - May 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Wet, cool, even downright soggy.  Words to describe the past week plus.  The weather is very much playing a big part in how comfortable or "not so much" out there on the river.  One thing is for sure, this cold wet rainy weather pattern has runoff on hold.  River visibility it steadily improving.  We'd give it near 3 feet now. What's that doing for the fishing?  The stupid bugger/turd & a Juan fishing of 10 days ago is quickly getting replaced with a little more technical fare!  It's looking like early July out there! 

What to throw: typical Upper Maddy spring stuff!  On the run be looking at Pat's Rubber Legs (turd), san juans in various colors, Bow River Buggers, Zonkers, and such as point fly.  Add a baetis sized BH mayfly nymph, or caddis pupa pattern as the dropper.  If you find a good run and want to post up on it, change that depth and weight scenario to make sure you get down.  Otherwise, same fly rigs will work fine.  Water stays or gets even more clear, lighten up on leader X and think smaller, techy fly patterns.
 
Madison River - Upper - May 24th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 66 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Water.  That's one of the words this week.  Besides Wonderful.  Opening weekend last week through now has proven to be quite good!  Despite the abundance of water in the form of high, and well, yes, dirty water a week ago to the multiple inches of rain that has fallen over the course of the week, we've had water!  River has cleaned up in a big big way.  From 6 inches of viz last Sunday to almost 2 feet now, clarity has greatly improved.  And the flows, due to the cooler weather, have dropped.  Fish that were easy to catch last week in the less than stellar clarity however have become a little more challenging.  Turds and Worms are getting replaced with a little more technical fare.  But there's reports of fish eating on dries too, so we'll take the change.

What to throw: typical Upper Maddy spring stuff!  On the run be looking at Pat's Rubber Legs (turd), san juans in various colors, Bow River Buggers, Zonkers, and such as point fly.  Add a baetis sized BH mayfly nymph, or caddis pupa pattern as the dropper.  If you find a good run and want to post up on it, change that depth and weight scenario to make sure you get down.  Otherwise, same fly rigs will work fine.  Water stays or gets even more clear, lighten up on leader X and think smaller, techy fly patterns.