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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.
 
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