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Madison River - Lower - May 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Mother's Day caddis are very much the mainstay still.  But it's going to be winding down.  Fish have been seeing tons and tons of bugs the past week or so and have become a bit more selective.  Fishing is still very good, but the "power hour" times are becoming less intense and long in duration.  Dry fly fisherman are reporting that it's still good but not what it was a few days ago.  Water clarity on the downgrade once again.  Cherry Creek is spewing in mud.  It's definitely still fishable.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are all still quite easily picked out.  Find the deeper runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it.  Best to thing about starting out nymphing under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs.  Fish this rig until mid-late afternoon or till you start seeing good fish on the caddis on the surface.  Streamer dudes have been doing best swinging patterns through the buckets as well as pulling them off the likely looking bank structure.  Pretty typical fare:  JJ's, zonkers, Bow river buggers, LE Crystal buggers, Home invaders, Granato's Sasquatch, as well as Coffee Sparkle Minnows, and Krelux.

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Madison River - Lower - April 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 58 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
Blowing up out there!  In a good way.  Bugs galore.  The main caddis explosion seems to have hit here on the Lower Maddy.  Fish are definitely willing to grab caddis pupa throughout the daytime.  Seems the reports we have had are that they are a bit more willing to eat crays and such a little better however.  Want dries?  Better wait till late.  You can find good fish up and eating after the sun gets off the water so from about 6:30 on seems to work as magic hour.  Water clarity still has not be totally clear.  2 feet vis by Warm Springs and green seems to be the word.  Cherry Creek is spewing in mud.  It's definitely still fishable.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are all still quite easily picked out.  Find the deeper runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it.  Best to thing about starting out nymphing under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs.  Fish this rig until mid-late afternoon or till you start seeing good fish on the caddis on the surface.  Streamer dudes have been doing best swinging patterns through the buckets as well as pulling them off the likely looking bank structure.  Pretty typical fare:  JJ's, zonkers, Bow river buggers, LE Crystal buggers, Home invaders, Granato's Sasquatch, as well as Coffee Sparkle Minnows, and Krelux.

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Madison River - Lower - April 24th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Reports we've had are that the Lower Maddy has had lots of bugs hatching.  Everything from Mother's Day Caddis to Golden Stones.  Green drakes as well.  Blue Wings?  Yep, them too. Water is up from the warm days.  Will it go higher?  Only time will tell.  Today however, visibility is off again not tomention that Cherry Creek is spewing in mud.  It's definitely still fishable.  And with the bug activity, hopefully those fish will be on the grab.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are all still quite easily picked out.  Find the deeper, slower runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it.  Fish are less concentrated then they were, but they are very much there! As is typical with the Lower, best bets are tightlining under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.  Streamer dudes have been doing best swinging patterns through the buckets as well as pulling them off the likely looking bank structure.  Pretty typical fare:  JJ's, zonkers, Bow river buggers, LE Crystal buggers, Home invaders, Granato's Sasquatch, as well as Coffee Sparkle Minnows, and Krelux.

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Madison River - Lower - April 19th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 55 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Looking good Mr. Madison-- fishing good Mr. Fly Rod! Reports we've had are that the Lower Maddy has been good to very good.  Water visibility has vastly improved and it's very straightforward fishing out there.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are all quite easily picked out.  Find the deeper, slower runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it.  As is typical with the Lower, best bets are tightlining under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.  As for hatches, there are baetis and March Browns in addition to the midges that have been present all winter long.

Streamer dudes have been doing best swinging patterns through the buckets as well as pulling them off the likely looking bank structure.  Pretty typical fare:  JJ's, zonkers, Bow river buggers, LE Crystal buggers, Home invaders, Granato's Sasquatch, as well as Coffee Sparkle Minnows, and Krelux.

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Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - April 12th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Water in the Lower has been slowly dropping bit by bit the past 4 or 5 days.  Not anything huge at all.  Question remains: Visibility.  Is it still lacking with a lingering 12-18" at best right now or getting better?. Reports we've had are that it is staying about status quo without a whole lot of change.  Fishable?? Yes.  You can stir up a fish or 3 if you try, but it's not gonzo by any means.   Find the deeper, slower runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it. 

Best bets are tightlining under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.  Gotta get the fish's attention through the 'texture' in the water!

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Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - April 5th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Snow showers
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Water in the Lower has been slowly ramped up again a little bit the past 2 days.  Not anything huge at all.  Question remains: Visibility.  Is it still lacking with a lingering 12-18" at best right now or getting better?. Reports we've had are that it is slowing improving.  Fishable?? Yes.  You can stir up a fish or 3 if you try, but it's not gonzo by any means.   Find the deeper, slower runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it. 

Best bets are tightlining under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs in normal colors as well as pink.  Gotta get the fish's attention through the 'texture' in the water!

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