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Madison River - Lower - May 9th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Bright and sunny yesterday.  Cloudy, no wind, and a touch soggy the day before.  Guess which day fished better??  If you picked the later, you were right!  March Browns, baetis, as well as caddis were coming off all afternoon.  And fish were obsessing about them all!  Thurs in the sun, not so much.  Weekend looking a bit more like what brought the fish out on Weds so perhaps things will be good!  Creeks are pumping in the gunk especially with the rains.  However, it's still fishable and is worthy of taking the shot. To be consistent,  the main gig has been to fish subsurface.  Not a whole lot different as far as what to tie on: San Juans, Rubberlegs, Crayfish are all good to great lead flies.  Add a dropper and go.  You may find yourself changing things up a fair bit with the dropper fly... Or not depending on your pick!

Flies to fling:
Bow River Bugger olive, dark olive
Zonkers- copper, pearl
RL Crystal Bugger olive
McCune Sculpin natural, olive
Clouser Cray
San Juan
SH Copper John, copper & red
FB PT
Master Baetis
Wonder Baetis
Bubbleback Baetis
Hares' Ear
King Prince
La Fontaine's deep caddis pupa and emerger
Zebra midge black, olive, red

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - April 30th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

Latest reports from the Lower have been pretty mixed.  Some saying it's been good- others have been lukewarm.  Clarity has been an issue with about a foot and a half.  It's been "greening up" and then kind of trashed out again.  Beaver Creek, Cherry, and Elk Cr are all likely culprits.  By the time you hit Greycliff, things can be certainly different than up above at Warm Springs.  Still consistently the gig has been subsurface.  Not a whole lot different as far as what to tie on: San Juans, Rubberlegs, Crayfish are all good to great lead flies.  Add a dropper and go.  You may find yourself changing things up a fair bit with the dropper fly... Or not depending on your pick!

Flies to fling:
Bow River Bugger olive, dark olive
Zonkers- copper, pearl
RL Crystal Bugger olive
McCune Sculpin natural, olive
Clouser Cray
San Juan
SH Copper John, copper & red
FB PT
Master Baetis
Wonder Baetis
Bubbleback Baetis
Hares' Ear
King Prince
Zebra midge black, olive, red

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - April 24th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

Fishing has been pretty darn good as of late on the Lower.  Traditional Lower Maddy fare of nymphing the buckets and deeper runs will get you tight to fish.  Streamer junkies say they're getting 'em too.  And others yet that are finding rising fish -especially in the afternoons that have had clouds and less wind.  There has been a fair bit of blue wing olive action joiing the midges for those seeking the dry fly gig.  Baetis have been present in the afternoons with midges in the morning. The bigger trout seem to be continually focused on bigger fare and subsurface. 

Flies to fling:
Bow River Bugger olive, dark olive
Zonkers- copper, pearl
RL Crystal Bugger olive
McCune Sculpin natural, olive
Clouser Cray
San Juan
SH Copper John, copper & red
FB PT
Master Baetis
Wonder Baetis
Bubbleback Baetis
Hares' Ear
King Prince
Zebra midge black, olive, red

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - April 10th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 54 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

Reports from the Lower have been coming in fairly steadily.  Fishing has been good!  It's kind of a "take your pick" right now with some folks focusing just on the streamer gig.  Others on the traditional Lower Maddy fare of nymphing the buckets and deeper runs.  And others yet that are finding rishing fish -especially in the afternoons that have had clouds and less wind.  There has been a fair bit of blue wing olive action joiing the midges for those seeking the dry fly gig.  Baetis have been present in the afternoons with midges in the morning. The bigger trout seem to be continually focused on bigger fare and subsurface.  Water temps are still quite chilly! Dont' fall in! 

Flies to fling:
Bow River Bugger olive, dark olive
Zonkers- copper, pearl
RL Crystal Bugger olive
McCune Sculpin natural, olive
Clouser Cray
San Juan
SH Copper John, copper & red
FB PT
Master Baetis
Wonder Baetis
Bubbleback Baetis
Hares' Ear
King Prince
Zebra midge black, olive, red

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - April 3rd, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good

Reports from the Lower have been coming in fairly steadily.  Fishing has been good!  It's kind of a "take your pick" right now with some folks focusing just on the streamer gig.  Others on the traditional Lower Maddy fare of nymphing the buckets and deeper runs.  And others yet that are finding rishing fish -especially in the afternoons that have had clouds and less wind.  There has been a fair bit of blue wing olive action joiing the midges for those seeking the dry fly gig.  Baetis have been present in the afternoons with midges in the morning. The bigger trout seem to be continually focused on bigger fare and subsurface.  Water temps are still quite chilly! Dont' fall in! 

Flies to fling:
Bow River Bugger olive, dark olive
Zonkers- copper, pearl
RL Crystal Bugger olive
McCune Sculpin natural, olive
Clouser Cray
San Juan
SH Copper John, copper & red
FB PT
Master Baetis
Wonder Baetis
Bubbleback Baetis
Hares' Ear
King Prince
Zebra midge black, olive, red

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - March 26th, 2014
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good


A heads up- we have been told by MT FWP that electroshocking survey boats will be out for several days in a row on the Lower again this week doing their annual fish census work.  Up to you, but it may be a good idea to stay above the Warm Springs boat ramp area and wade fish into the Bear Trap!

Winter fishing conditions still rule.  There are some midge hatches to be found.  What you will find is predominantely smaller fish focused on them.  The bigger trout seem to be continually focused on bigger fare.  For the most part, fishing underneath with standard Lower Maddy fare like crayfish patterns, bead buggers, bow buggers, and trailing with smaller beadhead  midge, mayfly, or caddis pupa is a proven & good way to find some nice fish.    Water temps are still quite chilly! Dont' fall in!  Fish as you can imagine are a bit more sluggish and won't move all that far for your bugs.  Be consistent, patient, and methodical before giving up on what looks like good water.  Find as deep and off speed runs as you can.  Happy hunting!  

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401