Fishing Reports

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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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Madison River - Lower - June 26th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Starting to see a slowing down in the consistency on the Lower Madison.  It's still good.  But with warm weather on tap, the Lower is going to become an AM gig more and more.  Bugs: it's caddis, PMDs, and stones of the yellow sort (Goldenstones as well as Yellow sallies).  What to do to put a bend in the rod?  Nymph 'em up with  Crays, Bow Buggers, Zonkers, San Juans as good to great point flies.  Run a smaller dropper.  BH mayfly, caddis, or small stoneflies are good bets.   Under your Indy be running 3-6 feet of leader to said point fly.  Weight.  Add enough to get the bugs down in the zone.  Next up, consider a goldenstone or yellow sally stimi as a point fly and drop that BH off the back.  Anywhere from 12-24 inches depending on your pattern and how heavy it might be.  Single dry may also be the ticket when you find rising pods of fish.  Watch that rise form.  It'll tell you a lot about what the fish is actually eating.  Streamers, too are going to be working.

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Patterns du Jour
Clouser Cray, tan, dark tan
Pat's Rubberlegs (aka Turd)
RBGB
San Juan
Flexi Juan
Hot bead stone
Copper Johns- red, copper, black
Lightning bug- mirage, purple, gold
Shop Vac- olive, PT
FB PT
Wonder baetis, wonder PMD
Iron Sally
Copper Zonker
Bow Bugger in black/olive
Olive articulated fathead
Foxee Clouser
Granato's Sasquatch