Fishing Report for July 24th, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 832 cfs

Kirby: 948 cfs

Varney: 1,050 cfs

The Upper Madison has been a little more inconsistent as of late, but there is still plenty of good fishing to be had out out there…it’s just that some days have been a lot better than others.  The wade section between Quake and Lyon’s Bridge is still your best option for getting into quality fish on a regular basis, but it’s definitely been more of a nymphing game.  We are still seeing decent numbers of caddis, small PMDs, and even a few baetis  when the thunderstorms have rolled in, so there is always a chance to get in some good dry fly fishing before water temps start to climb into the high 60′s around 2:00 p.m..  If throwing dries is more your style, some of our better patterns this week have been #14-16 Para Wulffs in purple and adams and #18 PMD, Purple Hazes, #18 X-Caddis, #14 Bloom’s Para. Ants in Cinnamon, and Nocturnal Stone patterns such as Fat Alberts, Chubby Chernobyls, and September Stones.  If you can’t get them to look up for you then you’ll want to scale down your nymph size a bit, as most of the patterns we’ve been doing best on are in the #16-20 range with the exception of the Tan/Brown or Brown/Coffee Pat’s Rubber Leg in size 8.  Black Zebra Midges, #18 $3 Dips, #18 Green Machines, #16-18 Olive Hares Ears, #18 Caddis emergers,  and #18 Krystal Dips have been some of our most consistent producers over the last week, but we have also had some decent luck running small baetis nymphs in the #18-20 range when late morning/early afternoon rainstorms have hit the valley.  The float section between Lyon’s Bridge and Ennis has been seeing it’s fair share of boats, but you can usually dodge the crowds by putting in early or getting behind the traffic and starting around 11:00.  We’ve had some good dry fly fishing on the cloudier days, but the nymph bite still your best bet for numbers out there.  Mornings have been best running zonkers and other small streamers trailing beadhead nymphs like lighting bugs, soft hackles, and other attractors.  When you start to see what few bugs are coming off later in the morning and on through the afternoon, you’ll do best by pulling over and working obvious holding rather than relying purely on the one pass you’ll get out of the boat while floating.  We’ve also had some decent streamer fishing this week as well in both the wade and float sections.  Some of our go-to’s have been Mike’s Pecs in olive, CH Barely Legals, Mini CH T&A’s, Black/Olive Double Screamers, and Gray/White Kill Whiteys.

Fishing Report for July 16th, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 794 cfs

Kirby: 959 cfs

Varney: 1,150 cfs

Water temps have started to drop considerably over the last week, giving the fish some much need relief from the scorching afternoons we saw in late June through the first week of July.   That said, there is still some good dry fly fishing to be had out there, as there are still fair amounts of caddis, Epeorus, , yellow sallies, and small PMDs fluttering about.  You’ll definitely see your fair share of little fish eating the dry, but you can always get some good ones in between the spankers.   Our Nocturnal Stones have been hatching in good numbers from Lyon’s Bridge down to Ennis, and we’ve had some great mornings and even a few afternoons twitching various imitations like fat alberts, chubby chernobyls, and mr. midnights throughout the float section.  There are a few shucks on the rocks between big bend and the West Fork, so we should start to see more action on big dries lower down in the wade section any day now.   Keep in mind that these stoneflies are called nocturnals for a reason, and that you will find the vast majority of the action from daylight to about 8:00 a.m., and again from sun down into the early morning hours.  If you aren’t getting it done on top, then you can always get into some quality fish running nymphs.  Some of our better patterns this week have been small red lighting bugs, green machines, olive hares ears, #18 $3 and krystal Dips, and Pat’s Rubber Legs.  When things have been getting tough in the float section, be sure to try a pearl or copper zonker trailing various beadheads such as lighting bugs, psycho princes, and larger soft hackles…some days have been better than others, but it can be a code cracker when nothing else seems to be working.  Streamer fishing continues to improve with the overcast conditions and cooler water temps, but we are still having most of our luck early in the morning and then again from the last hour before sunset.  Black and olive sex dungeons, barely legals, olive mini D&D’s, and Mike’s Pecs have been some of our top producers, but we’ve also had good reports from guys running smaller patterns like Mini Loop sculpins and sculpzillas as well.

Fishing Report for July 3rd, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 1,030 cfs

Kirby: 1,210 cfs;

Varney: 1,500 cfs

The Upper Madison is still fishing well these days, but the incredible dry fly fishing we had over the last two weeks has started to slow down a little.   The wade section between Quake and Lyons is still the most consistent stretch these days, and you’ll run into a smattering of Caddis, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Eperous, and even a few Golden Stones (above Raynolds).  With the warmer temps this week we’ve been trying to get out as early as possible and have seen solid caddis hatches starting as early as 6:45 a.m..  PMD’s have been coming off between 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and yellow sallies have been taking flight soon afterwards, but the action on top seems to be coming to a halt around noon to 1:00 p.m..  If you are having difficulty getting fish to look up then you could do worse than running an indicator right now, as the nymph fishing has been good to downright stupid over the last week– Some of our better patterns have been Kelly’s Hares Ears in natural and golden, PMD Barr’s Emrgers, $3 Dips, Krystal Dips, Shop Vacs, and small Pat’s Rubber Legs.  Streamer fishing has been good early and late, but we haven’t had much action after the bugs start hitting the water… not to mention that these fish have been pretty lethargic once water temps start to hit 70 degrees in the afternoon.  With that said, if you do decide to fish mid-day, please make sure to revive your fish until they swim away freely on their own.

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