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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..

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Madison River - Lower - March 19th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Decent weather ahead of us for the week.  It's not so much IF the wind doesn't blow it's when.  But we are talking the Lower Maddy and March.  The two go hand-in-hand for making the W crank up!

A heads up- we have been told by MT FWP that electroshocking survey boats will be out for several days in a row on the Lower again this week doing their annual fish census work.  Up to you, but it may be a good idea to stay above the Warm Springs boat ramp area and wade fish into the Bear Trap!

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 still quite chilly! Dont' fall in!  Fish as you can imagine are a bit more 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 - 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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