Fishing Reports

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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
 
Madison River - Lower - July 27th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny, with thunderstorms
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
Keeping the fishing at the low end here.  It's really not a location we'd make a suggestion on at this point.  Water temps are into the 70s throughout the day.  Frankly, we're waiting on FWP to put a closure on the Lower.

What to fish with:  Crack of Dawn anglers could find OK 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 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.


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