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Madison River - Upper - April 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 43 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
REMINDER: The upper Maddy from Hebgen to MacAttee as well as from Ennis Bridge to Ennis lake is closed to fishing until 3rd Sat in May...

Warmer than typical weather- check.  Sunny days, with night temps above freezing- check.  Yet, the Upper Madison has remained one of the most stable  rivers  in the area as far as water levels.  Very clear, clean water and at 1300 cfs at Cameron, excellent levels for spring!   Go Fish!  Open from MacAtee to Ennis ramp, it's all been good. Nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, PT's, Hare's Ears, Copper Johns, while on the fly are all great fish catching possibilities.  Find those deeper runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you won't be disappointed..

For all you questioning: YES you can get out at Ennis boat ramp!


 
Madison River - Upper - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 53 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
REMINDER: The upper Maddy from Hebgen to MacAttee as well as from Ennis Bridge to Ennis lake is closed to fishing until 3rd Sat in May...

Looking like an aquarium (seriously, this may be some of the cleanest, clearest water around...) the Upper is in great shape.  Stable water levels are a plus and while the valley doesn't have any snow hardly at all, higher moutain snowpack seems to be hanging in there and not running of making small feeders as well as the West Fork blow out.  Open from MacAtee to Ennis ramp, it's all been good. Nymphing will be your best bet.  Streamers a possible close second.   Rubberlegs, Yuk bugs, Olive or black wooly buggers dead drifted with  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, PT's, Hare's Ears, Copper Johns, while on the fly are all great fish catching possibilities.  Find those deeper runs and good spots, park and work them over with much more intensity and repeated deep, drag free drifts and you won't be disappointed..

For all you questioning: YES you can get out at Ennis boat ramp!


 
Madison River - Upper - January 6th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 32 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Water flow was bumped again from Hebgen Dam.  But it's fairly small.  About 80 cfs.  It's up to just a little over 1100. As it is, Bureau of Rec is moving a fair bit of water through the Maddy and has all winterlong.  Look for this to continue as water managers are preparing to have all watersheds possible in good shape to fill up come spring runoff time.

The upper Maddy between the lakes is always a good bet to get some winter fishing in.  And down toward Ennis in the Varney section.  Those are the 2 areas I'd concentrate on.  Nymphing will be your best bet although as January progresses and Feb comes, there will be more and more midges present and given a day of overcast and not much wind, I'd bet you could get 'er done on top with small dries.  In the meantime, just like any other winter fishing locations, find the deep stuff that doesn't move lickety-split.  Take your time and fish it slow.  San Juans, eggs, small stoneflies, PT's, Hare's Ears, Copper Johns, are all great.  Midge pupa and larvae are the droppers of choice.


 
Madison River - Upper - October 7th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Very good water conditions on the Upper Madison have the fish here quite happy.  Word has been that it's good from Ennis all the way up the valley to Lyons.  Water temps are quite good and baetis are definitely present.   Nymphing has been the most prevalent means to put fish to the net.  Dry fly guys are catching a few.  And Streamer junkies are catching a few very nice fish per day along with the usual assortment of middle sizers to boot. Bugger n' beads or Bunny n' beads has been good down under.   Look for it all to be getting better as fall progresses!

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401
 
Madison River - Upper - September 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Getting better on the Upper continues to be the word as of late.  Water levels have been pumped up a bit recently which is a good thing.  Was it because the flows were too low in August during the middle of summer?  No.  Go figure- there's been water in the lake ALL summer long.  The river was bumped now, in mid Sept because of knowledge that there needs to be a draw down before next springs runoff.  Don't ask.... We do know this, along with the water levels coming up, the temps are dropping and fish are happy!   There's the slew of smaller fish that will eat your bugs all day long while more and more good size fish (and a few Biggies) are starting to show up consistently.  Bugger n' beads or Bunny n' beads has been good down under.  Hoppers and terrestrials are decent as well.  Streamer junkies are catching a few nice fish per day.  Look for it all to be getting better as fall progresses!

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401
 
Madison River - Upper - September 5th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Labor Day Monday... You got the day off?  Heading to the river and want to play?  You're not alone....  Alas, regardless of how the river may treat you today, it's still a good day.  Have a beer, heck, have 2 and enjoy Montana and the Madison!  Getting better on the Upper has been the word as of late.  Some may still say it's stricktly day to day as to whether the fish will eat.  We do know this, there are plenty of hoppers around as are the nocturnal goldenstones and a scattering of mayflies and caddis.  Go forth and try.  That's all you can do!.  There's the slew of smaller fish that will eat your bugs all day long and shots at a few really good fish will materialize out of nowhere.  Stay sharp and on your game or you'll fail to capitalize on those bigger dudes.  When they're gone, they're gone....  Right now, folks are getting fish on dries such as Chubby Chernobyl, Al's Glommer, Turks, Rubberleg stimi, followed by a tungsten bead caddis pupa, lightning bugs, little spankers and the like.  Nymphing?  McCune's Sculpin, Copper Zonkers, Green RL buggers as a lead with the same beadhead droppers have all been producers. 

Please call us here at the shop for the day to day report! 406.333.4401