Fishing Report for July 27th, 2014

Madison River

Dam: 1,080 cfs

Kirby: 1,280 cfs

Varney: 1,440 cfs

The Upper Madison is still fishing well in both the wade and float sections, and the crowds of weeks past have started to thin out considerably.  We still have caddis and epeorus hatching in decent numbers, and are still fortunate enough to be having some great evening sessions around Three Dollar and Raynold’s Bridge over the last five days– It is still good enough that a #16-#18 Olive or Tan X-Caddis has been about all you need to know, followed by a #16 Rusty or Bobby Spinner for the last hour into dark.   While the bugs are still hanging around a little longer than we thought they would, I would guess that their numbers will start to dwindle over the course of the next week or so.  In the meatime, we are starting to see more and more nocturnal stones pop up below the West Fork with each passing day and there have been an impressive amount of shucks below Ruby Creek as well.  Early mornings and evenings are still your best best for getting fish up on your favorite imitations, and some of our favorites are Chubby Chernobyls, Fat Alberts, and Morrish Hoppers.

The hopper bite should start to get going any day now, but we have yet to receive a good report from guides or recreational anglers as of late; however, small terrestrials such as ants and beetles have been taking some really nice fish during the early afternoon hours…small attractors such as Cripple Royal Wulffs, Trudes, Stimulators, purple hazes, and the tried-and-true parachute adams should not be overlooked this time of year either.  Also worth noting is that we are starting to see spruce moths falling around Pine Butte and up and around Quake and Hebgen Lakes.  We’ve been seeing a few hit the water below Lyon’s Bridge as well, so make sure to be prepared with a few #16 Twisted Babies, #12-14 Elk Hairs, or #16 Half Down Hoppers before heading down that way.

There are always going to be those days where trying to raise a fish is like pulling teeth, so don’t be affraid to put on the indicator when times get tough.  We are still doing really well in the wade section on basic patterns such as PTs, Caddis larva/pupa, princes, serendipities, and the like but they are starting to get a little more “snoody” below Lyon’s Bridge.  One of the most productive ways to fish the river when things get a little more technical and fish aren’t looking up  is to go to the zonker/beadhead system while drifting on the run and then isolating good holding water by posting up and running small caddis pupa and midges a little higher in the water column.

Streamer fishing has started to pick up in the mornings again, and should continue to get better with the increase in flows and the cooler night time temps we’ve been experiencing over the last week or so.  Olive Dungeons and Pecs Sculpins have been some of our go-to patterns during periods of low light and the baby barely legal is always one of our favorites once the sun hits the water.

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..

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