Fishing Reports

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Madison River - Upper - August 21st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Things are definitely hitting the middle August stretch on the Maddy.  Still nothing that's all that wow or stellar, but we will say it's not absolutely horrible either.  Just be prepared for "flurries" of activity.  You'll catch em, then nothing for a stretch of time.  It's been hot out there so getting on early has proven to be a good idea! Nymphing under the indicator with zonkers, buggers, Pat's RL stoneflies and then a small BH nymph dropper is what's putting the majority of fish in the boat.  Think small on that there dropper and go lighter than you may think for the tippet will help.  Those wanting to fish nothing but dry- well, you can catch a few as well.  Hoppers are of course working to some degree.  There are lots of nocturnal stones out and quite a few hoppers themselves.  The other terrestrials -ants, beetles, crickets are also doing well.  General attractor dries have always worked well on the Maddy too.  Royal wulffs, Humpies, Trudes and the like are should be considered when fishing on the Upper.


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Madison River - Upper - August 13th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Maddy reports are varied and spotty depending upon who you talk to.  Good to great one day.  Eehh, so-so the next.  Water conditions are improving as far as flow rate goes.  The power's that be are releasing water from Hebgen to keep Ennis lake full or near full so they can pulse flows on the Lower river in attempt to keep temps down.  However, water coming out of Hebgen isn't exactly chilly.  Pushing high 60s on release, water cools some below West Fork due to cooler water temps coming in from it and several other small tribs.  BUT, it's not greatly improving anything except the amount of holding water and the ability to not have to dodge as many rocks out there.....  Nymphing under the indicator with zonkers, buggers, Pat's RL stoneflies and then a small BH nymph dropper is what's putting fish in the boat.  Think small on that there dropper and go lighter than you may think for the tippet will help.  Did get an OK report today of the dry fly bite down toward Ennis.  Lots of nocturnal stones(classinia sabulosa) "gesundheit" out and there are hoppers in the grass as well.  Hopefully with the cool down we're supposed to get and some rain, things will start turning the corner....


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Madison River - Upper - August 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Upper Maddy reports are varied and spotty depending upon who you talk to.  Good to great one day.  Eehh, so-so the next.  Water conditions are improving as far as flow rate goes.  The power's that be are releasing water from Hebgen to keep Ennis lake full or near full so they can pulse flows on the Lower river in attempt to keep temps down.  However, water coming out of Hebgen isn't exactly chilly.  Pushing high 60s on release, water cools some below West Fork due to cooler water temps coming in from it and several other small tribs.  BUT, it's not greatly improving anything except the amount of holding water and the ability to not have to dodge as many rocks out there.....  Nymphing under the indicator with zonkers, buggers, Pat's RL stoneflies and then a small BH nymph dropper is what's putting fish in the boat.  Think small on that there dropper and go lighter than you may think for the tippet will help.  Did get an OK report today of the dry fly bite down toward Ennis.  Lots of nocturnal stones out and there are hoppers in the grass as well.  Hopefully with the cool down we're supposed to get and some rain, things will start turning the corner....


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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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