Fishing Report for May 22nd, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 537 cfs

Kirby: 892 cfs

Varney: 1,350 cfs

Fishing has been good on the Upper Madison this week, but a lot of the tactics have changed since opening weekend.  We’ve been finding fish in more traditional holding areas like pockets and fast seams rather than tucked up against the bank, and you’ll want to scale down your fly size considerably.   What that means is that fish have gotten wise to the larger patterns like Pat’s Rubber Legs and san juan worms since being bombed by them on opening weekend, and we’ve been doing best nymphing caddis larva, $3 Dips, Zebra Midges, Yellow Sally nymphs, and baetis nymphs as of late.  With all the cloud cover and rain showers this week, we’ve had pretty good hatches of BWO’s and midges anywhere between 1:30 and 3:00 in the afternoon, and fish have been poking their heads up in good numbers.  Streamer fishing remains good throughout the river, and we’ve been doing best on olive and black sex dungeons, as well as CH barely legals and brown/yellow double screamers.  Clarity remains at roughly 3 feet in the wade stretch, and the West Fork has been putting in a fairly sizable stripe of mud below Lyons’ Bridge.  There are still lots of spawning redds in the system right now, so please watch you step around any freshly dusted gravel.

Fishing Report for May 17th, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 567 cfs

Kirby: 948 cfs

Varney: 1,500 cfs

Opening day was cold and snowy on the Upper Madison, but the fishing was as red hot as it always is.  Everyone  we talked to in the wade section returned from the river with big smiles and stories of bent rods all morning long.   Those fishing nymphs seemed to do best on black or brown Pat’s Rubber legs and red san juan worms, with a myriad of droppers behind them.  There were a handful of BWO’s coming off from late morning through the afternoon, and we had a few dry fly anglers that said they did decent throwing #18-20 Olive parachutes.  The streamer crew said it was a full-on olive bite, and Sex Dungeons, Tips up, and Mike’s Pecs were the patterns doing the most damage out there.  Visibility has dropped a half foot, but it is still around 3 feet and green out there for the moment.  That said, Cabin and Beaver Creeks have been pouring a good amount of chocolate milk into Quake over the last few days and my guess is that we will start to see that plug enter the Upper River by Tuesday or Wednesday.  We didn’t hear a lot about the Madison below Lyon’s Bridge, but the few boats that did stop by reported good nymphing with san juan worms, rubber legs, and baetis nymphs.  There are still good numbers of March Browns popping down river, and we’ve had a lot of people come in the shop with great reports between McAtee and Ennis throwing #14 parachute adams and purple hazes through the bulk of the afternoon hatch.  The Madison between the lakes has also been fishing well, but the angler pressure has been insanely busy at times.  There are still lots of fish spawning up there, so please watch your step around the redds.

Fishing Report for May 8th, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 552 cfs

Kirby: 903 cfs

Varney: 1,270 cfs


Fishing has been good on the Madison, as we wait for the Upper River between Quake and McAtee to open next Saturday.  The section between the lakes has been busy, but the nymph bite has remained consistent with eggs, baeits nymphs, brassies, zebra midges, and $3 dips doing the most damage.  Cabin Creek was  pouring in plenty of chocolate milk last week, but the recent snow in the mountains has it running a little more green over the last few days and visibility has improved to roughly 1.5-2 feet down to the lake. Streamers have also been taking some really nice fish up there, but be prepared to put your time in…we’ve had plenty of 1-2 fish evenings over the last month, but when you hit it right they seem to come out of the woodwork.  I know we’ve said this a lot already, but there are TONS of spawning redds up there so please watch your step when wading.  The river between McAtee and Ennis Bridge has also been fishing well, but you’ll be sharing it with a substantial amount of other boats.  Visibility down there is roughly two feet and green, which has helped the streamer bite out considerably. The Mother’s Day Caddis hatch has slowed down with the recent turn in the weather, but we should start to see it pick up again once temperatures start to warm up over the weekend.  On overcast days expect to see good numbers of BWO’s and March Browns, and don’t be afraid to throw a Skwalla around this time of year.  If you are looking to rack up some numbers then nymphs are still your best bet– A good selection of Pat’s Rubber Legs, San Juans, eggs, caddis pupa, and baetis nymphs should all be in the rotation right now.

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