Fishing Reports

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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
 
Madison River - Lower - October 7th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Cool, clouds, negotiable wind out of the West/SW... Sounds like a good day on the Lower Maddy!  Reports have been pretty decent the past couple days.  Baetis are present in good numbers and fish are definitely keying in on them.  Is the dry fly fishing good?  Well, can be.  You'll see good numbers of smaller to medium sized bows and browns willing to gobble a well presented parachute Adams or Purple Haze.  The big boys?  Not so much.  As per usual out here, nymphing is not only the best means of grabbing the fish's attention and making a bend in your rod, but it's also what's going to get the bigger fish.  Sorry but true.  Typical Lower Maddy patterns centered around a bow bugger, a san juan, or your favorite crayfish pattern followed by a small beadhead of some sort is the way to go.  Short leash it 2-3 feet to indy or go long, whatever your pick, it'll work.  Weed bed edges as well as the defined buckets are the places to concentrate your presentations. 

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Chubby- all colors
PMXs
Paramore-ish hoppers (purple has been good)
Carnage hopper
Rainy hopper in pink or tan
Furimsky hopper
Shiela hopper
Neversink Trude
Yeager's 409
Para lime variant
Purple Haze, copper haze
BH king, queen prince
Lightning bug in both silver, mirage, and gold
Shop Vac
Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper john
Clouser Cray
Ron Burgundy san juan
Copper/nat, Pearl/nat zonkers
JJ's in smaller sizes



Please feel free to stop by the shop or call us for the up to the minute report or the fly de jour.

 
Madison River - Lower - September 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 82 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Lower Madison- Yeah, I know it's been really nice fall like weather and what's this?  Back to super sunny and 80.... oh well, likely to be the last of it!  Not to worry as water temps are back in the 60s and fish are fat and happily eating.  However, as bright as it is, we'll take no gamble with the Lower being a super-duper choice du jour.... If you go- dry fly fishing while seemingly never super consistent out here, has been fairly decent.  Large hopper patterns fished singly and with faith are getting some really nice fish!  You may have to try several patterns before deciding upon which one actually gets the eats.  Nymphing out on the Lower is traditionally the best means of grabbing the fish's attention and making a bend in your rod.  Typical Lower Maddy patterns centered around a bugger, a san juan, or your favorite crayfish pattern followed by a small beadhead of some sort is the way to go.  Fish are well spread out now throughout the entire river.  Mid river weedbeds that are now exposed are not as likely to produce as the buckets, slots, and gravel runs with some depth to them. 

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Chubby- all colors
PMXs
Paramore-ish hoppers (purple has been good)
Carnage hopper
Rainy hopper in pink or tan
Furimsky hopper
Shiela hopper
Neversink Trude
Yeager's 409
Para lime variant
Purple Haze, copper haze
BH king, queen prince
Lightning bug in both silver, mirage, and gold
Shop Vac
Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper john
Clouser Cray
Ron Burgundy san juan
Copper/nat, Pearl/nat zonkers
JJ's in smaller sizes



Please feel free to stop by the shop or call us for the up to the minute report or the fly de jour.

 
Madison River - Lower - September 15th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Lower Madison- OK- finally some relief.  This cooling off has been really good for making things better out here.  Water temps are back in the 60s and fish are fat and happily eating.  Dry fly fishing while seemingly never super consistent out here, has been fairly decent.  Large hopper patterns fished singly and with faith are getting some really nice fish!  You may have to try several patterns before deciding upon which one actually gets the eats.  Nymphing out on the Lower is traditionally the best means of grabbing the fish's attention and making a bend in your rod.  Typical Lower Maddy patterns centered around a bugger, a san juan, or your favorite crayfish pattern followed by a small beadhead of some sort is the way to go.  Fish are well spread out now throughout the entire river.  Mid river weedbeds that are now exposed are not as likely to produce as the buckets, slots, and gravel runs with some depth to them. 

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Chubby- all colors
PMXs
Paramore-ish hoppers (purple has been good)
Carnage hopper
Rainy hopper in pink or tan
Furimsky hopper
Shiela hopper
Neversink Trude
Yeager's 409
Para lime variant
Purple Haze, copper haze
BH king, queen prince
Lightning bug in both silver, mirage, and gold
Shop Vac
Soft hackle PT
Soft hackle Copper john
Clouser Cray
Ron Burgundy san juan
Copper/nat, Pearl/nat zonkers
JJ's in smaller sizes



Please feel free to stop by the shop or call us for the up to the minute report or the fly de jour.

 
Madison River - Lower - September 5th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 92 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Labor Day Weekend--- quite the Bikini Hatch!!!  The Lower Madison a Broken Record???? Not quite.  It's a little better but not much.  Scenery has been outstanding since MSU students are back and with this weekend typically the last hurrah of summer like weather, we ain't fishing but it has been quite the party....

Please feel free to stop by the shop or call us for the up to the minute report or the fly de jour.