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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

 
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