Fishing Reports

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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. 

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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!!!

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Madison River - Lower - June 22nd, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 85 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
The Lower is in very good shape and has been fishing quite well all week.  Guide reports are saying that the bite has been excellent.  Mornings, especially since the weather is heating up like it is, are going to be the better part of the day for getting out on the Lower and catching fish.  Afternoons have been getting really good with the bikini hatch starting around 2PM.... catch the drift?

At present, expect to see Goldenstones, PMDs, caddis, some green drakes right now and fish could be on any of the above.  So be on the ready.  Reports have been pretty solid with some very nice fish making headlines.  Yes, you can find a few decent fish to eat a well drifted dry fly. However, this is the Lower---- Nymphing under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs are always good suggestions.  Want to run some big junk?  Streamer dudes have been flinging 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 - June 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Guessing that we're on the backside of the high water situation now. The river is stabilizing and actually on the drop.  Which is always a good thing.  As the river continues to drop, fish will become more and more centralized in their holding areas, structure will once again become more apparent, and overall reading of the water will be easier.  On the flip- as there are numbers of catchy anglers out there, the fish are going to be more and more educated and you may find that you will have to change up your style as well as tippet sizes....

At present, expect to see Goldenstones, PMDs, caddis, some green drakes right now and fish could be on any of the above.  So be on the ready.  Reports have been pretty solid with some very nice fish making headlines.  Yes, you can find a few decent fish to eat a well drifted dry fly. However, this is the Lower---- Nymphing under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs are always good suggestions.  Want to run some big junk?  Streamer dudes have been flinging 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 - June 8th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 75 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Water levels have been a bit of a Yo-yo out here the past couple days.  First jacked way up, now dropped way back.  It's about what could be typified as "normal" now in the lower 3k area.  Clarity is decent.  It may be that the color we're seeing is preferred to "clean" actually.  A mud situation may be of some concern as the reports we've heard on the Ennis Lake could work it's way through into the Lower and keep the dry fly fishing at bay for a day or so IF the plug makes it through.  It may or it may not.  We'll just had to see.  Regardless, the Lower has been maintaining it's fishability really well.  

What's been going on out there?   Salmonflies!  Word is that it's ON.   There's also Goldenstones, PMDs, caddis, some green drakes that are all present right now and fish could be on any of the above.  So be on the ready.  Cool if not downright cold weather is on tap again for the weekend so how active the Big bugs may be is likely a limited.  Fish are lurking though and with a majority of the Salmonfly hatch yet to come, it's going to be good!

Structure, weedbeds, etc are the key to finding fish.   Nymphing under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs are good suggestions.  There has been a lot of anglers plying their skills at these fish and the trout are getting educated (as well as exercised).  You may need to drop down in tippet sizes as well as flies to find some of the bigger fish.  Dropper flies may be suprisingly on the small side..    Want to run some big junk?  Streamer dudes have been flinging 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 - May 28th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly cloudy
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Great
This has been one of better locations to be as of late.  The Lower is in great shape for late May/early June.  While the cool to downright cold wet, weather has all the area rivers on the drop and clearing, the Lower has been maintaining it's fishability really well.  And its producing.  With that, this has been the place where most folks have been fishing when places like the Yellowstone, Gallatin, and even the Upper Maddy have been muddy.   Typical Lower Maddy fare has been the ticket.  We're not that far off from Salmonflies out here.  There's also Goldenstones, PMDs, caddis, some green drakes that are all present right now and fish could be on any of the above.  So be on the ready.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are the key to finding fish.   Nymphing under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs are good suggestions.  There has been a lot of anglers plying their skills at these fish and the trout are getting educated (as well as exercised).  You may need to drop down in tippet sizes as well as flies to find some of the bigger fish.  Dropper flies may be suprisingly on the small side..    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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