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Madison River - Upper - July 27th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
A bit of a pullback has been the report on the Upper.  And like most area rivers, I think it's been expected.  Least it should have been.  Name of the game has been getting on early and getting off when it's been cranking hot.  Water temps have been a stiffling 68 degrees coming off the Hebgen dam.  That's a bit warm, understatement.  What's it going to take to get the dam thing fixed? Sure would be nice to see some water coming off the bottom of the lake. You can bet our fishy friends would appreciate it too.  Thankfully longer, cooler nights are in the making with August and September.

Good fish are still being caught on dry flies.  Going smaller rather than larger has been a good thing to try.  Caddis, small PMXs, hoppers, trudes, stimis, as well as classics like a royal wulff have been go-to staples.  Dropping a small tungsten soft hackle PT in an 18 helps big time as well.  Nymphing types are finding the goods with medium to smaller Tung Stones, 20-inchers, Pat's RL, Green Goblin and the like tagged along with small SH Pts, lightening bugs, lil spankers.  Be sure to adjust depth from fly to indy and your weight as needed to keep you in the zone.  Streamer guys are getting good fish, especially on the dawn patrol. 



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Madison River - Upper - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Not much has changed on the Upper Maddy.  Fishing continues to be excellent.  Anglers are fishing both on top with big as well as smaller dries like Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDS, and Caddis. Flies need to be well presented and drifting drag free to get eaten.  Best dry fly activity seems to be on the upper reaches so Lyons to Ruby Creek with some good but spotty dry fly eats down around Varney.  Reports have also been quite good underneath.  For those who like to toss the nymph under an indy, it's been fishing very well too.  Solid results have been coming with bugger n bead, zonkers, Pat's RL and other bigger front flies with small serengolds, lightning bugs and beads on the back.  Pretty much standard Maddy fare.

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Madison River - Upper - July 11th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Maddy fishing continues to be excellent.  Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDS, and Caddis are what's been extremely strong in the hatch department.  The dry fly fishing continues so be very good.  Flies need to be well presented and drifting drag free to get eaten.  Best dry fly activity seems to be on the upper reaches so Lyons to Ruby Creek with some good but spotty dry fly eats down around Varney.  For those who like to toss the nymph under an indy, it's been fishing very well too.  Mac down to town has had some very solid results with bugger n bead, zonkers, Pat's RL and other bigger front flies with small serengolds, lightning bugs and beads on the back.  Pretty much standard Maddy fare.

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Madison River - Upper - July 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 87 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Upper Maddy reports have been coming back with thumbs up.  Salmonflies are pretty much done.  There's a remaining few way up around Raynolds and such.  Goldenstones, yellow sallies, PMDS, and Caddis are what's been extremely strong in the hatch department for the past week or more.  The dry fly fishing continues so be very, very good.  Though fish are not just eating willy nilly.  Flies need to be well presented and drifting drag free to get eaten.  Best dry fly activity seems to be on the upper reaches so Lyons to Storey Ditch area with some good but spotty dry fly eats down around Varney.  For those who like to toss the nymph under an indy, it's been fishing very well too.  Mac down to town has had some very solid results with bugger n bead, zonkers, Pat's RL and other bigger front flies with small serengolds, lightning bugs and beads on the back.  Pretty much standard Maddy fare.

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Madison River - Upper - July 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Salmonfly! Bugs are up around Lyons Bridge and into the walk/wade section.  Fishing has been really good with goldenstone and sally emergences coming on strong as well.  Caddis are running around like crazy and reports have been that the late evening ugs bite has been really good.

Guides are reporting fishing big, black, and heavy stonefly nymphs with a smaller beadhead caddis or mayfly patterns in the heavier runs as well as in the middle of the river will get you a tight line. Seems fish are spreading out throughout the river now that there has been considerable pressure to the banks.  The Dry fly bite has been really good or not so much depending upon who you talk to.  Seems everyone is tossing a huge salmonfly dry. Maybe think about switching to something a little smaller might work.  Just saying....

You won't be alone on the Upper at all, period.  That said, take a minute to reflect on being a good neighbor and let's all work to get along.  It's not a contest.  It's fishing... Isn't this supposed to be the "quiet sport"?  Let's work together to have a good time out there and not be discourteous to our fellow angling brethren.

Stay Tuned for continuing river reports.  Stop by the shop and check out our selection of salmonflies and other patterns.  We'll be happy to help you with any of your fly fishing needs.  Open 7 days a week.

 
Madison River - Upper - June 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Salmonfly!  Big Bugs are in the Pallisades to Ruby Creek stretch and a good emergence is underway heading up above toward Windy Point and Lyons bridge.  Good goldenstone and sally emergence coming on strong as well.  Caddis are running around like crazy and reports have been that the late evening caddis bite has been really good.

Guides are reporting fishing big, black, and heavy stonefly nymphs with a smaller beadhead caddis or mayfly patterns in the heavier runs as well as in the middle of the river will get you a tight line. Seems fish are spreading out throughout the river now that there has been considerable pressure to the banks.  The Dry fly bite has been really good or not so much depending upon who you talk to.  Seems everyone is tossing a huge salmonfly dry. Maybe think about switching to something a little smaller might work.  Just saying....

You won't be alone on the Upper at all, period.  That said, take a minute to reflect on being a good neighbor and let's all work to get along.  It's not a contest.  It's fishing... Isn't this supposed to be the "quiet sport"?  Let's work together to have a good time out there and not be discourteous to our fellow angling brethren.

Stay Tuned for continuing river reports.  Stop by the shop and check out our selection of salmonflies and other patterns.  We'll be happy to help you with any of your fly fishing needs.  Open 7 days a week.