Fishing Reports

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Madison River - Lower - April 19th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Looking good Mr. Madison-- fishing good Mr. Fly Rod! Reports we've had are that the Lower Maddy has been good to very good.  Water visibility has vastly improved and it's very straightforward fishing out there.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are all quite easily picked out.  Find the deeper, slower runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it.  As is typical with the Lower, best bets are tightlining under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.  As for hatches, there are baetis and March Browns in addition to the midges that have been present all winter long.

Streamer dudes have been doing best swinging patterns through the buckets as well as pulling them off the likely looking bank structure.  Pretty typical fare:  JJ's, zonkers, Bow river buggers, LE Crystal buggers, Home invaders, Granato's Sasquatch, as well as Coffee Sparkle Minnows, and Krelux.

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Madison River - Lower - April 12th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Water in the Lower has been slowly dropping bit by bit the past 4 or 5 days.  Not anything huge at all.  Question remains: Visibility.  Is it still lacking with a lingering 12-18" at best right now or getting better?. Reports we've had are that it is staying about status quo without a whole lot of change.  Fishable?? Yes.  You can stir up a fish or 3 if you try, but it's not gonzo by any means.   Find the deeper, slower runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it. 

Best bets are tightlining under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.  Gotta get the fish's attention through the 'texture' in the water!

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Madison River - Lower - April 5th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Snow showers
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Water in the Lower has been slowly ramped up again a little bit the past 2 days.  Not anything huge at all.  Question remains: Visibility.  Is it still lacking with a lingering 12-18" at best right now or getting better?. Reports we've had are that it is slowing improving.  Fishable?? Yes.  You can stir up a fish or 3 if you try, but it's not gonzo by any means.   Find the deeper, slower runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it. 

Best bets are tightlining under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.  Gotta get the fish's attention through the 'texture' in the water!

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Madison River - Lower - April 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 45 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Visibility is still lacking with a lingering 12-18" at best right now.  Ongoing windy weather has Ennis lake still stirred up. Is it fishable?.  You can still stir up a fish or 3 if you try hard.   Find the deeper, slower runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it. 

Best bets are tightlining under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.  Gotta get the fish's attention through the 'texture' in the water!

At least the water levels have been stable for the past several days and the relative water temps have been on the increase...

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - March 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The lower Maddy is another of the area's prime spring fishing choices. However...... with as windy as it has been, Ennis Lake is a mess!  Visibility is about 12-18" at best right now.  Definitely not what we have had up till this week.  You can still stir up a fish or 3 if you try hard.   Find the deeper, slower runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it. 

Best bets are tightlining under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.  Gotta get the fish's attention through the 'texture' in the water!

At least the water levels have been stable for the past several days and the relative water temps have been on the increase...

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - January 6th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 34 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The lower Maddy is another of the area's hot winter fishing locales.  Find the deeper, slower runs and have at it.  On the best days (overcast, warm, and no wind) fish will move into shallower water and the midge activity greatly increases.  As we go through winter further and further, it's a possibility to find good fish up on top when the midges are heavy. 

Best bets are small crayfish, egg patterns, san juans in wine & tan as well as the venerable red one, hare's ears, copper johns, small rubberleg stones, pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.

The wate is freezing cold, literally, so slow down and really take your time!

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401