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Madison River - Lower - July 18th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
We're downgrading the Lower a touch.  The fishing is still pretty decnt, it's more that it's time to lay off it. Water temps have been creeping up and over 70 degree mark recently. With the hot dry weather, it may be best to hit this part of the Madison early in the day and be off by the heat of the late afternoon.  Getting on at dawn isn't a bad thing anyway.  By midday, the Splash n' Giggle folks come out in full force and it gets pretty tough to fish effectively or with any sense of quiet anyway.  Course the bikini hatch isn't too bad...

What to fish with:  early AM anglers could find decent to good dry fly fishing with caddis and mayfly dries.  Skating a crane fly dry could also produce some explosive results.  Mostly you are going to see smaller to medium size trout 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.


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Madison River - Lower - July 11th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 90 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Lower Maddy is back open again from all reports we've had.  Beartrap 2 fire is 100% contained and a non-issue now.  Recreation access points like Warm Springs, Damselfly, and Black's Ford are all open to use once again.

A word, however, on the fishing:  water temps have been creeping up to the 70 degree mark recently. With the hot dry weather we are experiencing, it may be best to hit this part of the Madison early in the day and be off by the heat of the late afternoon.  Getting on at dawn isn't a bad thing anyway.  By midday, the Splash n' Giggle folks come out in full force and it gets pretty tough to fish effectively or with any sense of quiet anyway.  Course the bikini hatch isn't too bad...

What to fish with:  early AM anglers could find decent to good dry fly fishing with caddis and mayfly dries.  Skating a crane fly dry could also produce some explosive results.  Mostly you are going to see smaller to medium size trout 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.
Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - July 7th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 88 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
The Lower Maddy is back open again from all reports we've had.  Beartrap 2 fire is 100% contained and a non-issue now.  Recreation access points like Warm Springs, Damselfly, and Black's Ford are all open to use once again.

A word, however, on the fishing:  water temps have been creeping up to the 70 degree mark recently. With the hot dry weather we are experiencing, it may be best to hit this part of the Madison early in the day and be off by the heat of the late afternoon.  Getting on at dawn isn't a bad thing anyway.  By midday, the Splash n' Giggle folks come out in full force and it gets pretty tough to fish effectively or with any sense of quiet anyway.  Course the bikini hatch isn't too bad...

What to fish with:  early AM anglers could find decent to good dry fly fishing with caddis and mayfly dries.  Skating a crane fly dry could also produce some explosive results.  Mostly you are going to see smaller to medium size trout 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.
Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - July 2nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
An update on the fire:  Highway 84 (Norris Rd) is totally open and back to the posted 70MPH speed.  The fire is 97% contained last report we checked and is a non-issue now.  People are asked to recreate in other areas.  Lower Maddy access closed through July 9th

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - June 29th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
An update on the fire:  Reports are that the road is re-opened although as hot spots ignite and burn areas not already torched, pilot cars may be used for bringing people through.  The fire started by careless use of fireworks has not ripped through the area and burned over 14,000 acres!  Recreation in the area remains closed. 

Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - June 26th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 78 ° F 
  • Fishing: Poor
The Beartrap 2 fire that started yesterday is blowing up huge and the entire Lower Madison recreation area is now closed due to the fire.  Highway 84 from Churchill Rd to Norris is closed.  No fishing!  Not helping matters, the wind is blowing 50 MPH- seriously!!!

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