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Madison River - Lower - August 22nd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The Lower Madison- not what we'd call prime conditions out this way....Water temps are pushing close to the 70 degree mark by middle day so its suggested that you get out there early and pull off by mid PM.  No restrictions or anything like that from the State and don't see any coming, it's just a suggestion to help preserve those trout from undue stress later in the day.  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. 



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Madison River - Lower - August 13th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Lower Madison is still an option if you are looking to be on an alternative the the Yellowstone but not having to go to the Upper Maddy.  It's in a typical mid summer condition.  One can get out and wade around for sure and do so effectively.  It's also good for floating without being too skinny.  Water temps are pushing close to the 70 degree mark by middle day so its suggested that you get out there early and pull off by mid PM.  No restrictions or anything like that from the State and don't see any coming, it's just a suggestion to help preserve those trout from undue stress later in the day.  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.  Simply cruising the banks can be good as well.  Nymphing a short rig with a couple feet from indy to flies and minimal weight to just get that rig down is a great bet.  Larger hoppers with beadhead droppers are also working very well.  On the dropper flies, thinking small and light tippet is not a bad thing at all....

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Chubby- all colors
PMXs
Paramore-ish hoppers (purple has been good)
Carnage hopper
Rainy hopper in pink or tan
Al's Glommer
Furimsky hopper
Shiela hopper
Bloom's para caddis
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


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Madison River - Lower - August 8th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Lower is starting to taper off as the higher summer temps and lower flows are warming up the H2O. However, there are still fish to be caught. Getting on really early in the morning has made all the difference. The early bird catches the fish right now.

The folks at the dam are starting to 'pulse flow' the lower river which is a good thing for water temps.  In years past this has been started as early as late June.  With all the water this year, we may only see a couple weeks of this total.  What's this mean for the fishing?  The Lower Maddy may be a consistently decent option throughout the entire rest of the warmer weeks we call summer this year.  Which also means that we could have some WOW hopper dry fly fishing out there! 

Fish are well spread out now throughout the entire river system.  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.  Simply cruising the banks can be good as well.  Nymphing a short rig with a couple feet from indy to flies and minimal weight to just get that rig down is a great bet.  Larger hoppers with beadhead droppers are also working very well.  On the dropper flies, thinking small and light tippet is not a bad thing at all....

Your Fly Box-
Idyl's Chubby- all colors
PMXs
Paramore-ish hoppers (purple has been good)
Carnage hopper
Rainy hopper in pink or tan
Al's Glommer
Furimsky hopper
Shiela hopper
Bloom's para caddis
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 - July 31st, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 91 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Lower is starting to taper off as the higher summer temps and lower flows are warming up the H2O. However, there are still fish to be caught. Getting on really early in the morning has made all the difference. The early bird catches the fish right now. Floating a stimi or attractor dry with a smaller mayfly dropper has been fishing but dowrning a crayfish or sculpin under a bobber has been a little more productive. Look for the deeper slots and weed beds as the fish will be trying to avoid the high sun.

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Madison River - Lower - July 28th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Lower Madison is still a very good bet right now.  And any season where we can comfortably fish here through the month of July is a bonus.  Water levels and clarity are just about perfect right now with maybe a hint of color remaining leaving the fish feeling relatively safe and secure in the the weed beds, buckets, and riffle corners. Water temps are hitting middle 60s in the heat of the day which is making for a slower period from 2-6-ish, but they are not such an issue that its necessary to totally pull the plug on the fishing.  Fishing early in the day and getting off in the middle of the afternoon is not a bad idea.  Or, just put your feet up and bob along with all the tubers and watch the fun!

Folks are getting fish to come to a dry fly now more than in the past couple weeks.  It's still not lights out or anything, but sticking to it will get you rewarded with a few very nice Madison phatties.  Nymphing continues to be the most successful mens with which to have a bend in your fly rod.  Typical Lower Madison style rigs with Carpet back and clouser style crayfish, san juan worms, sally nymphs, and green buggers are all good choices.  With the number of anglers these fish have been seeing on a daily basis, it's not a bad idea to mix it up some and definitely your going to see that you'll need to be using some lighter tippets in order to fool the big boys out there.  They didn't get that big without wising up.

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Madison River - Lower - July 11th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 84 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Lower was being a bit stubborn a few days ago but as of yesterday the river has been giving it up.The clarity has been improving drastically and this has helped the fishing. The fish have, for the most part, moved off of their bank lairs and into the normal weed mat / bucket hang outs. For a while it was hard to see these weed mats and the previous heavy flows have changed the bottom somewhat. But now that we can see you, you can't hide. Carpet back and clouser style crayfish, micro worms, sally nymphs, and green buggers have been getting chomped.

Also, we have heard that the bikini hatch is thick as ever but not affecting the fishing. Awesome.

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