Fishing Report for July 19th, 2014

Madison River

Dam: 880 cfs

Kirby: 1,110 cfs

Varney: 1,370 cfs

The Upper Madison is still fishing very well in both the wade and float sections, and water temperatures have remained relatively good for the most part.  Salmonflies and golden stones have come and gone, but there are still plenty of opportunities for the dry fly angler out there– It won’t be quite as impressive as it has been over the last three weeks, as the afternoons have been far more productive by switching over to the sub-surface side of things.  With sallies and PMDs on their way out as well, it is mostly a caddis and eperous game out there, but attractors, small terrestrials and nocturnal stoneflies are starting to fill in the gaps– We got reports of fresh shucks around burnt tree a few days ago so we should start to see a little more of everybody’s favorite entomological vampires in the Upper River with each passing day.  Mornings and evenings are still your best bet for dries, but the indicator fishing has remained consistent all day long.  Caddis pupa, small pat’s rubber legs, serendipities, and midges have been some of the better nymphs as of late and dries such as X-Caddis, goddard caddis, small stimulators, ants, and rusty spinners have been flying out of the bins.  Streamer fishing is still good early and late, but the bite seems to be dying around 9:30 a.m. most days.  However, if you are lucky enough to be out there when the clouds roll in (preferably with a little rain in the mix) it has been really REALLY good.

Fishing Report for July 11th, 2014

 Madison River

Dam: 697 cfs

Kirby: 1,040 cfs

Varney: 1,410 cfs

Steady as she goes.  The Upper Madison is still fishing extremely well both on and below the surface, and we still have Salmonflies and Golden Stones flying between Pine Butte and Raynolds if you are looking to get in on the tail end of some big bug action (You can also find them between the lake right now as well).  Otherwise there are plenty of  caddis, PMDs, Epeorus, and Yellow Sallies to keep fish looking up below the West Fork, and the dry fly action has been incredible over the last week.   With water temperatures starting to creep into the high sixties in the mid-afternoon hours, mornings and evenings have been the best for fishing dries; however, the afternoon nymph bite has definitely made up for it.  Streamer fishing has been good to excellent in the mornings, but seems to be dying around 8:30-9:00 a.m..

Fishing Report for July 3rd, 2014

Madison River

Dam: 680 cfs

Kirby: 1,060 cfs

Varney: 1,570 cfs

The Upper Madison is fishing off the chart for the time being, and our hatches are in full effect.  We have salmonflies and golden stones on the banks  from Lyon’s Bridge down to Varney, but the bulk of the hatch has settled between Palisades and a few miles below Story.  As you might suspect, that is also where you will find the most boats as well.  If you are looking to float and throw dries without being part of the Salmonfly regatta then I would spend more time between Varney and Ennis as there have been tons of PMDs, caddis, and sallies and very few people to contend with.   The nymph fishing in both the wade and float sections has ranged from very good to just plain obscene at times, and we have been doing best on a variety of Pat’s Rubber Legs, caddis larva, Psycho Princes, Lighting Bugs, $3 Dips, Yellow Sally nymphs, and PMD emergers.  If you are heading up to the wade section between Quake and Lyon’s you’ll want to have all your bases covered.  We have four different kinds of caddis popping including our great gray spotted sedges (size 10′s), PMDs, Eperous, Yellow Sallies, Craneflies,  and any day now…Salmonflies and Golden Stones.  Streamer fishing has slowed down quite a bit, but we have still been having some great morning sessions if you are willing to get up early enough.  Long story short, the dry fly fishing is at its peak right now and it’s pretty much all down hill from here.

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