Fishing Reports

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Madison River - Upper - September 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Fishing has definitely been on the upswing over on the Maddy.  Water flows are pretty well stable though lower than what we'd like to have for fall fishing.. Our cooler weather pattern may not continue, but the nights are longer and the days shorter so the water has been getting a much needed cooling off.  Cooler water = more actively feeding trout!  Terrestrial fishing with small-ish hoppers in tan, yellow, or pink have been taking their share of fish.  Ants and beetles too.  "Throwback" attractors like royal wulffs and trudes have found their way out of the fly boxes and turning a few heads as well.  Down Under is probably the most consistent of all, however.  Not much has changed as far as what to throw.  Olive as well as natural bunny fur streamers both large and small along with your favorite Maddy small beadhead either all under an indy or without and on a tight line barely creeping along has been good.

 
Madison River - Upper - August 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
It's hot out there once again.  Not to beat a broken horse, but the early bird gets the worm..... And the second mouse ALWAYS gets the cheese!!  Get on early.  Float, fish hard, have a fun time.  Be back in town for a cold one at the Gravel Bar.   Terrestrial fishing with small-ish hoppers in tan, yellow, or pink have been taking their share of fish.  Ants and beetles too.  "Throwback" attractors like royal wulffs and trudes have found their way out of the fly boxes and turning a few heads as well.  Down Under is probably the most consistent of all, however.  Olive as well as natural bunny fur streamers both large and small along with your favorite Maddy small beadhead either all under an inday or without and on a tight line barely creeping along has been good.

 
Madison River - Upper - August 24th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The "drill" on the Maddy remains to be getting on the water early to take advantage of the cooler air ,water temperatures and hopefully the fish...Terrestrial fishing with small-ish hoppers in tan, yellow, or pink have been taking their share of fish.  Ants and beetles too.  "Throwback" attractors like royal wulffs and trudes have found their way out of the fly boxes and turning a few heads as well.  Down Under is probably the most consistent of all, however.  Olive as well as natural bunny fur streamers both large and small along with your favorite Maddy small beadhead either all under an inday or without and on a tight line barely creeping along has been good.

 
Madison River - Upper - August 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Nocturnal stones( Classinia Sabulosa) have been the best fish producer as of late. With Hoppers and other terrestrials coming in second.
The "drill" is to get on the water early to take advantage of the cooler air ,water temperatures and hopefully the fish...
Fishing a small lightening bug in pearl off the back of your hopper can also produce results!
Spruce moths should start producing here shortly!
 
Madison River - Upper - August 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Releases from Hebgen are once again flatlined.  Not dropping.  Over the course of the last week river has gone from 1200 cfs released back to 775.  Wish it would go back up!  Fishing has been good though  not super consistent.  Today the biggies ate.  Tomorrow?  Roll the dice.  Which is pretty much what we've come to expect mid-summer.   Not a whole lot new to report from the past couple days.  We're seeing more nocturnal goldenstones and terrestrials as well as some caddis at this point. Best approach remains to get the boat in the water early, fish dries or dry/dropper rigs 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 - July 31st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
More of the same?  Ehh, maybe.  Steady flows now @ 1500 cfs at Cameron.  Sure makes rowing this ditch a lot easier!  As in not scraping through just to get somewhere.  Action seems to be day to day.  Not super consistent.  Today the biggies ate.  Tomorrow?  Roll the dice.  Which is pretty much what the Madison has been for the past umpteen summers....  Not a whole lot new to report from the past couple days.  We're seeing more nocturnal goldenstones and terrestrials as well as some caddis at this point. A good approach is to get the boat in the water early, fish dries or dry/dropper rigs 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.