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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.

 
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. 



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 - 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. 



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 - 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


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