Fishing Report for October 20th, 2014

Madison River

Dam: 861 cfs

Kirby: 948 cfs

Varney: 1,160 cfs

Fishing has been good on the Upper Madison this week, as we continue to bask in the incredibly warm October weather.  Midges and Baetis nymphs are still producing most of the action below the surface, and we are seeing quite a few BWOs emerging anytime between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.  As far as the tug is concerned, streamer fishing has been excellent in some sections and a lot tougher in others…The action between the lakes and from Palisades to McAtee has been pretty slow, but the bite below Varney has more than made up for it.  This has been one of the better Octobers for streamer fishing that we have seen in a long time in the lower stretch, and now is a good time to get in on the tail end of it before the spawn is in full effect. Also worth mentioning is that the wade section between Quake and Lyon’s has been a lot better over the last few days than what we saw last week.  We’ve been doing best on big, articulated patterns in black, olive, and white.  While we haven’t seen a ton of fish digging between Quake and Hebgen yet, we are seeing more spawning redds every day throughout the rest of the upper river so please watch your step out there.

Fishing Report for October 12th, 2014

Madison River

Dam: 880 cfs

Kirby: 1,030 cfs

Varney: 1,230 cfs

The weather patterns have been unseasonably warm for this little corner of the World, with highs in the mid-sixties to low-seventies over the last couple of weeks.  We have finally started to see our larger Fall Baetis (#20′s) emerging this week, which has been taking place anytime between noon and 1:30 p.m. depending on the day.  Nymph fishing continues to be your best option for numbers right now, and some of our favorite Fall patterns in the wade section are  Kelly’s BWO nymph in #18-20, Hogan’s S&M Nymph in #18, BWO Barr’s Emergers in #20, Triple-B Flashback Emergers in #18-20, Black or Red Zebra Midges, Olive/Brown Pat’s Rubber Legs in #8-10, #18 $3 Dips, and Green Caddis Larva in #16-18.  Streamer Fishing has slowed down considerably in the Upper River, and a lot of us agree that we need some cooler weather to come in and stir the proverbial pot…That’s not to say that you can’t go out there and get into some quality fish on junk right now, but just be aware that you will probably have to work for them a lot more than you might be used to for the second week of October.  If you are looking for the best streamer action, I would concentrate your efforts between Quake and Lyon’s Bridge as well as between Varney Bridge and Valley Garden, as the streamer bite in those sections has been far more consistent.  We’ve been doing much better nymphing rubber legs and baetis nymphs below Lyon’s over the last week rather than stripping big stuff, and the zonker/beadhed rig has been equally as effective most days.  The streamer bite between the lakes seems to be pretty slow as well, but that should all change as water tempertures continue to drop and more fish begin to enter the system.

Fishing Report for September 24th, 2014

Madison River

Dam: 1,020 cfs

Kirby: 1,140 cfs

Varney: 1,300 cfs

After a week of marginal fishing, the Upper Madison is back on track and fishing well.  Streamers and nymphs have been productive both on and off the banks, but the dry fly bite has been the most inconsistent as of late.  Olive, black, and brown streamers have been working well early and late, and will continue to produce when the cloud cover holds.  However, streamers in solid white and other white color combinations have been the way to go when the sun is out.  If stripping big flies isn’t your thing then you can get it done pretty well under the indicator right now too.  Green caddis larva, baetis nymphs, midges, and serendipities have all been productive, and there is always the zonker/beadhead combo as well.  We haven’t seen much in the way of blue-wings, but that should all change with the rain in the forecast for this weekend.

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Jay Matt Caught 400 yards from the lodge Three Dollar Gary Slide Area