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Madison River - Lower - March 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Heading into the weekend.  Looking like some awesome weather to be getting outside ---IF the wind doesn't blow too terribly bad.  But we are talking the Lower Maddy and March.  The two go hand-in-hand for making the W crank up!  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.  Did we mention crayfish????  Water temps are middle 30s-bbbbrrrrrr! Dont' fall in!  Fish as you can imagine are a touch 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 - September 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Prolonged "early fall" weather patterns are about as consistent as the what to throw on the Lower Maddy.  Sunny or mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s has been the same thing pretty much day after day.  River conditions are good.  Water temps are in a very good range for the day with AM water being pretty cold.  Water levels are a touch low for this time of year but where aren't they? What to fish with is pretty consistent:  Fishing underneath with standard Lower Maddy fare like bead bugger, bow buggers, and crayfish patterns with smaller beadhead mayfly nymphs or caddis pupa is a good way to find a few of the bigger guys.   If & when we get that cloudy day, don't be surprised to see an explosion of blue winged olives!  Fish will be up eating the small mayflies then and that could be an epic day.


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Madison River - Lower - September 13th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Fall fishing on the Lower Maddy is getting good!  Water temps and conditions on the Lower.  Reports have been associated with smiles on faces so that should tell you something.  Anglers fishing up on top as well as those 'down under' have had success.  Dry fly anglers report that hoppers have been good as well as other terrestrial patterns.  Nymphos have not changed much in what they are flinging but are definitely catching fish.  The weeds are definitly thick out there and nymphing will bring the goo so check those bugs frequently. 
What to fish with is pretty consistent:  Fishing underneath with standard Lower Maddy fare like bead bugger, bow buggers, and crayfish patterns with smaller beadhead mayfly nymphs or caddis pupa is a good way to find a few of the bigger guys.  And even though your point fly may be a size 6, running a size 20 bead on 5x will bring surprising results.   This is also the time of season from here onwards into late Sept that the Hopper game can actually play out pretty good on the Lower.  Great big hoppers of obnoxious proportions may be the ticket.  Standard fare of Morrish and Grand hoppers should be, well, standard.... Go forth and experiment!


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Madison River - Lower - September 9th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Good reports back the past several days on the Lower!   Water temps and conditions on the Lower continue to improve and we think we will see that the fall fishing here as well as everywhere else is going !  Good to See!  The weeds are definitly thick out there and nymphing will bring the goo so check those bugs frequently.  As the temps continue to drop more, we are going to have a time where the weeds will be letting go and it could get ugly for a short time.  However, for now, things are good. Not much change from last weeks report.

  What to fish with is pretty consistent:  Crack of Dawn- First Light anglers could find  good dry fly fishing with caddis and mayfly dries.  Skating a crane fly dry could also produce some explosive results.  Some of the Biggy size trout may be willing to eat on top!  Fishing underneath with standard Lower Maddy fare like bead bugger, bow buggers, and crayfish patterns with smaller beadhead mayfly nymphs or caddis pupa is a good way to find a few of the bigger guys.  And even though your point fly may be a size 6, running a size 20 bead on 5x will bring surprising results.   This is also the time of season from here onwards into middle Sept that the Hopper game can actually play out pretty good on the Lower.  Great big hoppers of obnoxious proportions may be the ticket.  Standard fare of Morrish and Grand hoppers should be, well, standard.... Go forth and experiment!


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Madison River - Lower - September 1st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Good reports back the past several days on the Lower!   Water temps and conditions on the Lower continue to improve and we think we will see that the fall fishing here as well as everywhere else is going !  Good to See!  The weeds are definitly thick out there and nymphing will bring the goo so check those bugs frequently.  As the temps continue to drop more, we are going to have a time where the weeds will be letting go and it could get ugly for a short time.  However, for now, things are good.

Not much to report as far as changes here.  What to fish with is pretty consistent:  Crack of Dawn- First Light anglers could find  good dry fly fishing with caddis and mayfly dries.  Skating a crane fly dry could also produce some explosive results.  Some of the Biggy size trout may be willing to eat on top!  Fishing underneath with standard Lower Maddy fare like bead bugger, bow buggers, and crayfish patterns with smaller beadhead mayfly nymphs or caddis pupa is a good way to find a few of the bigger guys.  And even though your point fly may be a size 6, running a size 20 bead on 5x will bring surprising results.   This is also the time of season from here onwards into middle Sept that the Hopper game can actually play out pretty good on the Lower.  Great big hoppers of obnoxious proportions may be the ticket.  Standard fare of Morrish and Grand hoppers should be, well, standard.... Go forth and experiment!


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Madison River - Lower - August 21st, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
It's been awhile since we last reported on the Lower.  Not like anglers haven't been out there though.  As well as guides.  With the cool off we had last week, water temps and conditions on the Lower have improved dramatically and fishing reports have been coming back in pretty positive.  Good to See!  We like to have more alternatives.  As the water continues to be skinny in a lot of places, having a few more alternative locations to get out and fish certainly helps spread out anglers!

What to fish with:  Crack of Dawn- First Light anglers could find  good dry fly fishing with caddis and mayfly dries.  Skating a crane fly dry could also produce some explosive results.  Some of the Biggy size trout may be willing to eat on top!  Fishing underneath with standard Lower Maddy fare like bead bugger, bow buggers, and crayfish patterns with smaller beadhead mayfly nymphs or caddis pupa is a good way to find a few of the bigger guys.  And even though your point fly may be a size 6, running a size 20 bead on 5x will bring surprising results.   This is also the time of season from here onwards into middle Sept that the Hopper game can actually play out pretty good on the Lower.  Great big hoppers of obnoxious proportions may be the ticket.  Standard fare of Morrish and Grand hoppers should be, well, standard.... Go forth and experiment!


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