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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.

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 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.

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 - June 30th, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 73 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
The Lower Madison has been a decent bet as of late.  Hot, windy weather has hit us the past couple days making a bit more challenging and just when we thought we were seeing the flows drop considerably, the heat has brought more runoff into the river.  We've seen a spike in flows upwards yesterday and today and the clarity has definitely diminished once again.  Reports this morning from guides were that it was down around 6-10 inches.  A tougher day most likely.  Good side?  Hopefully this is IT for actually hitting a peak in flows and from here out, we'll be on the downslide with improving conditions every day.  The fish ARE there and they're fat & strong.  With the high water, there's been a ton of food for them to eat upon.

The Rig:
9-10 foot leader with 7-9 to the big Indy
Big Rubberlegs & other stonefly nymphs
San juans all colors
BH Hare's Ear
BH PT
Caddis Pupa
Crayfish
 
Be sure to add plenty of weight and get it down in their face.



 
Madison River - Lower - June 23rd, 2011
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Lower Madison flows have come back up again, just slightly from the past few days.  Fishing is definitely happening out there, but it's not the 'unknown' as word travels fast in these here parts!  With the higher than normal flows for this time of year, you may be looking at a two float day.  I think your wade fishing chances are pretty limited so a double down from Warm Springs parking lot to Black's or to Greycliff even is a good bet. 

Word on the street is that salmonflies are out and about.  The hatch is never all that big or predictable on the Lower Maddy, but there are fish that will eat the big fly.  Caddis and PMDs are more consistently what's happening.  Look for yellow sallies to be coming on soon as well.  Keeping the big Indy on with a lot of weight and going with your big ugly of choice along with a smaller beadhead caddis or smaller mayfly as a dropper or the ubiquitous San Juan and fishing it tight on the bank is the proven method.