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Madison River - Upper - May 3rd, 2013
  • 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!!

Overcast skies will bring good baetis today on the Upper.  March Browns a strong possibility as well.  Caddis?  Not quite yet.  Flows are not terrible but at a little over a grand, there's plenty of rocks to scrape on so watch your course as you work your way downstream.  Fishing from Varney to Burnt Tree is seeing the majority of the traffic just because Cameron Flats are well, just that, flat.  And skinny......  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. 
 
Madison River - Upper - April 29th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 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!!

Tough day looking like.  Not just here, but pretty much everywhere.  Major wind coming on and a sizable cold front sliding in to most all of MT today.  Not a good situation anywhere.  Time to hunker down for the day and check in tomorrow or Tues.

If you go:
Olive Pat's rubberlegs
Yuk Bug (6-8)
RBGB (6-8)
Theo's Terminator (6-8)
San Juan (8-10) pink, red, wine, natural
Flashback PT (12-18)
BH Prince (12-18)
3Dollar Crystal Dip (14-18) red, olive, brown
Lightning Bug (14-18) pearl, pink, gold
Copper John (14-18) copper, red, black

 
Madison River - Upper - April 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy and snow
  • 35 ° 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!!

The open river parts from MacAtte down to Ennis ramp have been fishing well.  Windy days are definitely tougher.  So are the super bright sunny days.  However, less wind, clouds, all make for good days.  Blue wing olives reign for hatches right now.  However, there are skwala stoneflies present in the Upper Maddy and they can definitely have the fishes attention.   While moving, run heavily weighted stonefly nymphs coupled with smaller beadheads or swing your favorite streamer pattern and see what grabs.  Find the good runs, post up, and keep changing flies, weight till fish are putting a bend in the rods.

Olive Pat's rubberlegs
Yuk Bug (6-8)
RBGB (6-8)
Theo's Terminator (6-8)
San Juan (8-10) pink, red, wine, natural
Flashback PT (12-18)
BH Prince (12-18)
3Dollar Crystal Dip (14-18) red, olive, brown
Lightning Bug (14-18) pearl, pink, gold
Copper John (14-18) copper, red, black

 
Madison River - Upper - April 2nd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 64 ° 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!!

Lots of good size bows are on the move up river.  It's the annual spring spawn.  Also the primary reason that the upper, upper is closed.  Let them spawn!  So, around Hebgen dam downstream to Quake lake is still fishing very good.  Nymphing is king up there and fish will eat a well presented nymph rig all day long.  Smallish double nymph rigs or egg and a nymph seem to be the rig du jour.  Down below in the waters from Storey Ditch to Ennis (Ennis boat ramp still closed to take out at 8-mile or Burnt Tree) fishing is quite good too.  While moving, run heavily weighted stonefly nymphs coupled with smaller beadheads or swing your favorite streamer pattern and see what grabs.  For the next several weeks, the upper will see solid fishing.

Flies to Try:
Pat's Rubber Leg Stone (6-10) brown, brown/black, olive
Yuk Bug (6-8)
RBGB (6-8)
Theo's Terminator (6-8)
San Juan (8-10) pink, red, wine, natural
Flashback PT (12-18)
BH Prince (12-18)
3Dollar Crystal Dip (14-18) red, olive, brown
Lightning Bug (14-18) pearl, pink, gold
Copper John (14-18) copper, red, black

 
Madison River - Upper - March 19th, 2013
  • 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.  Snowmobiles have packed a good trail down at the head of Quake Lake so getting in there is not a total slog through the snow.  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
Yuk Bug (6-8)
RBGB (6-8)
Theo's Terminator (6-8)
San Juan (8-10) pink, red, wine, natural
Flashback PT (12-18)
BH Prince (12-18)
3Dollar Crystal Dip (14-18) red, olive, brown
Lightning Bug (14-18) pearl, pink, gold
Copper John (14-18) copper, red, black

 
Madison River - Upper - September 30th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Can anyone say Groudhog Day?  This is the craziest Sept I can remember in a while.  There hasn't been a significant weather shift all month!  With that, there's not nearly so much changing out on the river either.  OK, so yes there are some subtle differences, but really?  Not much.  Streamers are getting some good fish.  Otherwise- nymphing under an indicator with bunny fur, buggers, Pat's RL stoneflies and then a small BH nymph dropper remains what's putting the majority of fish in the boat.  Think small on that dropper and going lighter than you may think (5x) for the tippet will help.  Those wanting to fish nothing but dry- well, you can catch a few as well.  There are ants, beetles, crickets and general attractor dries have always worked well on the Maddy too.  Royal wulffs, Humpies, Trudes and the like  should be considered when fishing on the Upper.

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