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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! 

Call the fly shop for info 406-333-4401


 
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!

Call the fly shop for info 406-333-4401


 
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.

Call the fly shop for info 406-333-4401

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

 
Madison River - Lower - June 17th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Still really good.  The Lower has been pretty steady and positively the "go to" as of late.  A little bump in water and then a retreat with the changing weather pattern (again...).  However, the Lower may have only had a day or 2 "off".  Things are back "on" currently and fishing well.   What's the word on the hatches?  Consistently, it's caddis, PMDs, and stones of the yellow sort (Goldenstones as well as Yellow sallies).  The Salmonflies are around, however.  Mostly in the Bear Trap Canyon reaches, but there are some in spotty areas along the rest of the river from the mouth of the Trap downstream  The Lower doesn't get a great salmonfly hatch.  In fact, over the years, they've become pretty spotty, but there are places that the fish do key in.  Be ready!

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.

Call the fly shop for info 406-333-4401

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

 
Madison River - Lower - June 8th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 77 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Welcome back, Mr. Sun!  A couple days straight now of seemingly perfect early summer conditions out there on the water to greet you.  Sunny and warm again today with light NW winds will have the Maddy hopping with peeps out to get their Trout On!  Good numbers of Caddis, some stoneflies mostly golden and yellow sallies, and PMDs are on the water.  It's also time for Mr. Pteronarcys to show.  Nothing definitive on the salmonfly, but with this weekend, I'll bet we start to hear that they are out and that fish are starting to look for them.  The Lower doesn't get a great salmonfly hatch.  In fact, over the years, they've become pretty spotty, but there are places that the fish do key in.  Be ready!

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.

Call the fly shop for info 406-333-4401

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

 
Madison River - Lower - May 30th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 64 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Wet, rainy conditions seeming to prevail.  Mr. Sun o' where art thou?  Who cares!  Aside from pushing runoff to a near standstill on just about all area rivers, the cool, wet conditions are helping to improve the overall likliness of good to great water conditions into summer!  The Lower Maddy is seeing improving water clarity as the upper river drops and clears.  Visibility is improving and the fishing has remained relatively steady.  Caddis, some stoneflies (mostly golden and yellow sallies, no salmonflies- give it a couple weeks) there's also some callibaetis given the weather.  What we're looking for, and could happen just as soon as the sun pops, is PMDs.  Hold on--- think its coming soon.

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.  If it ain't ticking every now and again, it ain't heavy enough.  Be ready to adjust as needed for different areas.  Deep buckets- add and lengthen that indy out.  Running weed bed edges- lighten up.  Want to be stealthy in those less than deep spots?  Run the short leash pro rig.... simple pinch on indies and tungsten headed point flies sized appropriately as needed to just get it in the zone.  Works!

Call the fly shop for info 406-333-4401

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