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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....

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Madison River - Lower - August 29th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Lower Madison- Broken Record???? Still not what we'd call a place to be....Water temps are close to the 70 degree mark by 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 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.

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