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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!

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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

 
Madison River - Lower - May 24th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 68 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Lots of rain this week.  Soggy conditions on top of the burnout from last June is spilling a bit of silt/debris into the Lower.  Water is on the drop as well as runoff from the Upper river is dropping and working it way through.  Seems that after a week of blazing sun, a week of clouds and rain is a fair trade.  We need the moisture!  Road construction continues, but is not that big of a deal between Black's Ford and Warm Springs parking lot.  Overall, nothing WoW out there, but there are fish being caught.  Caddis, some stoneflies (mostly golden and yellow sallies, no salmonflies- give it a couple weeks) there's also baetis and maybe some callibaetis given the weather.  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

 
Madison River - Lower - May 3rd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Overcast skies this afternoon could be a good thing.  It should bring on the hatch.  That is, baetis and March Browns.  Caddis are bumping around too, though not full fledged blizzard effect.  This said, here's your fly selection basis.  Pick that dropper BH from one of these 3 hatch categories and be good with it.  Doesn't work?  change to one of the others based on visual inspections.  Out front be throwing the typicall Lower fare.  Crays, Bow Buggers, Zonkers, San Juans are all good to great point flies.  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 and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - April 29th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
If you are blown to North Dakota, don't blame us!  The lower is NOT a place any of us would remotely consider "escaping" the wind on tap for today.  Not in the least.  Skip it.

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - April 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy and snow
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Winter Returns!  Today looks to be fairly brutal out there to be honest.  Wind, rain and snow squalls.  It's really that wind that makes it so damn unpleasant.....  OK, gonna be cold tonight and tomorrow as well. But if you are really going to head out, the fishing really hasn't changed all that much.  Rainbows are pretty much in their  spawning locations.  I'm sure they are stacked up under the dam by Ennis lake..... Plenty of good sized browns still lurking in all the buckets, runs, and weedbed edges however.  And their looking for a meal!  Bugs- midges for sure, baetis too.  Haven't heard much about whether anything bigger like March Browns might be starting or not.  Things aren't too terribly different than they have been as far as techniques.  Nnymphing in all the likely buckets and runs with 3-5 feet fly to Indy and enough weight to get down and tick along is the ticket.   As warm as it's been, fish have been grabby, but with this cold coming back in,  that may change for a few days..

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Madison River - Lower - April 2nd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 62 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Warm and Sunny!  And more of the same coming at least for another couple days.  Sure feels good after winter!  Is it going to last?  Heck no.  Bridger Bowl closes Sunday- it's sure to start snowing again in earnest as soon as it does!

Lots of folks walk/wade fishing.  Especially up Beartrap Canyon.  And why the heck not?  It's beautiful out there!  Fishing has been good too.  Not bad for the dudes & dudettes floating the river either.  Fish are still pretty much concentrated in the "buckets" and deeper runs so floating from depth to depth and posting up has been a good method.  Rainbows are moving and getting to spawning locations.  I'm sure they are stacked up under the dam by Ennis lake..... Bugs- midges for sure, baetis too.  Haven't heard much about whether anything bigger like March Browns might be starting or not.  It's  a little bit away for that. 

Things aren't too terribly different than they have been as far as techniques.  Yes, there is some dry fly activity to be found.  Hope for the days with clouds and not much "W" for midging fish on top as well as some blue wing olive activity in the afternoons.  Otherwise, nymphing in all the likely buckets and runs with 5-7 feet fly to Indy and enough weight to get down and tick along is the ticket.  You can try slow swinging streamers and other bugs through the buckets as well as along weedline edges to see if someone will grab.  Water temps are coming up.  So are the flows just a bit.  As warm as it's been, that may become even more evident..

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