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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.


Call the fly shop for info and patterns 406-333-4401
 
Madison River - Lower - May 14th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 80 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Decent to good reports from the Lower over the weekend.  Most folks have been floating in the typical stretch between Warm Springs and Black's Ford area.  Caddis are pretty much done.  Time to start looking for other fare.  Golden Stones, PMDs, yellow sallies and the like should be coming fairly soon.  Especially with the warm weather getting the water temp up.  Don't be suprised if we don't have an earlier than expected salmonfly hatch out here...Water conditions- Cherry Creek as well as some of the other small tribs down  between Black's Ford and Greycliff are throwing mud.  Other than that, clarity is pretty decent.  The Upper Madison is coming up and getting off color so regardless, once that goes and the lake becomes mud from side to side in a week's time or so, clarity on the Lower is going to diminishing.

Getting it done has been nymphing under an indy.  You'll want to fish visible structure, weedbeds, etc are the key.  Crayfish,  rubberlegs, or zonkers with a dropper of  san juans in wine or red, hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs have all been good choices.

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Madison River - Lower - May 10th, 2012
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 56 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Warm weather has brought the caddis back out earlier in the week.  However, the main hatch is in Bear Trap or even higher and it's really slowed down on the Lower river.  Fishing has remained steady if not good.  Typical Lower Maddy fare has been the ticket.  Structure, weedbeds, etc are the key  Find the deeper runs, edges of weed beds and well defined 'buckets' and have at it.  Best to thing remains nymphing under an indy with crayfish, rubberlegs, egg patterns, san juans in wine or red, bigger hare's ears, copper johns,  pts, lightning bugs.  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.

Water conditions- Cherry Creek as well as some of the other small tribs down  between Black's Ford and Greycliff are all on the rise and throwing mud.  Won't be suprised to see even more color in the river today as I'm sure creeks in the Bear Trap are adding mud as well.  The Upper is turning so regardless, once that goes and the lake becomes mud from side to side in a week's time or so, clarity on the Lower is going to be gone anyway.

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