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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!  

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Madison River - Lower - October 10th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 52 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Water clarity issues are plaguing the river to a greater degree.  Not the easiest out there.  Hoping things will clear considerably.  Estimates put it at a foot to 18 inches.  You can see the weedbed edges and structure but the river is definitely pretty heavy with gray/green sediment.  Yes, there are some baetis that have been coming off.  Wind is always an issue however.  Catch the right afternoon without the "W" and pods of fish should be willing to eat the little green bugs that will be hatching in the early afternoon hours.  Otherwise, standard Lower Maddy fare of "short leash" bobbers and bugs are your go-to bet.  Crays, buggers, bunny fur and san juans with small glittery bright bling droppers has it's share of followers.  Key in on the weedbed edges, buckets, and noticeable deeper slots.  Plenty of 10-15 inch bows n browns to keep you busy. And a few of the biggies are showing too.


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Madison River - Lower - October 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 60 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
On the Lower Maddy, things have been pretty solid.  There's sure to be a few more people out floating as well as wade fishing here as the Yelly is once again blown out.  Regardless, fishing on the Lower is one of the better choices right now.  Yes, there are some baetis that have been coming off.  Been so darn windy the past 3 days though, it's been pointless to even try to fling a dry fly.  However, that may very well change today.  Pods of fish should be willing to eat the little green bugs that will be hatching in the early afternoon hours.  Otherwise, standard Lower Maddy fare of "short leash" bobbers and bugs are your go-to bet.  Crays, buggers, bunny fur and san juans with small glittery bright bling droppers has it's share of followers.  Key in on the weedbed edges, buckets, and noticeable deeper slots.  Plenty of 10-15 inch bows n browns to keep you busy. And a few of the biggies are showing too.


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Madison River - Lower - September 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 76 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Lower Maddy fishing has been picking up.  And with moderately cooler weather as of late, things are looking pretty good out there.  Mixed reports from guides coming back.  Seems that there's been a number of ways people have been getting into fish.  Standard Lower Maddy fare of "short leash" bobbers and bugs are working.  Crays, buggers, and san juans with small glittery bright bling droppers has it's share of followers.  Then there's the "Chubby/Rubby" group that have been flinging chubbies of various sizes and assorted colors along with a Pat's Rubberlegs in small sizes like a 10 as a dropper.  Tan/brown as well as small black with brown legs seem to be the colors on the "rubby" that is getting attention.

Hoot owl restrictions (fish midnight to 2PM) ARE still in effect. Though we hear that this will automatically drop on the 15th.

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Madison River - Lower - July 27th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 93 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
Mandatory Hoot Owl fishing restrictions in place.  River is closed to fishing from 2PM to 12 midnight.  IF you are going to fish, do so pre-dawn to mid AM at most.   Be respectful of the fish and leave this section to the splash & giggle peeps! 

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Madison River - Lower - July 21st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
FWP has issued "Hoot Owl" restrictions on the Lower Madison to go into effect tomorrow July 21.  River will be closed to fishing from 12 noon to 12 midnight.  IF you are going to fish, do so pre-dawn to mid AM at most.   Thing is, fishing has actually been pretty good out there in the really early hours..  Just be respectful of the fish!

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