Fishing Report for February 24th, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 841 cfs

Kirby: 860 cfs

Well we knew the 40-50 degree highs in February couldn’t last forever, and it looks like old man Winter has finally settled back in to this little corner of the world.  As a reminder, the Upper Madison between Quake Lake and McAtee Bridge and Ennis Bridge to Ennis Lake closes to all fishing starting on March 1st, so Saturday will be your last chance to fish these stretches until the general opener on May 16th.  Despite the cold weather, fishing has been very good throughout the Upper River and nymphs such as $3 Dips, Zebras, Hare’s Ears, eggs, and smaller Pat’s Rubber Legs have been taking some really nice fish over the last week or so.  You can still find pods of trout rising to midges between 11:30 and 2:00 when the wind isn’t too much of a factor, and you’ll want to concentrate your efforts on the areas between Raynold’s and Lyon’s Bridge as the lower river around town can be a little icy depending on the day.  Before the cold front moved in we had a great streamer bite going on and the CH Barely Legal has been just as good this Winter as it usually is during the other three seasons.  Judging from the amount of eggs we’ve seen coughed up by fish, as well as the freshly cleared redds, there is already quite a bit of spawning activity from the resident rainbows around here so please watch your step while wading.

Fishing Report for February 11th, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 921 cfs

Kirby: 959 cfs

It’s been more of the same on the Upper Madison this week, with unseasonably high temperatures making for very pleasant fishing conditions.  The nymph bite is still holding steady with midge larva and pupa imitations such as zebras and #18 $3 Dips doing the most damage.  Smaller Pat’s Rubber Legs in black have been good choices throughout the Upper River in addition to Iron and Tungsten Sallies in #16 as well.  The dry fly fishing has continued to hold its own between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. when the wind holds off enough to keep the adult midges on the water. While $3 Bridge and Raynold’s are definitely our favorite places to look for heads this time of year, they can also be a little more susceptible to the wind than other spots.  If the wind does come up try heading to Pine Butte, around the West Fork, or Between the Lakes and that should give you a little more shelter.  Streamer fishing isn’t typically red-hot during the Winter months, but water temps have been warming up enough to make it worth your while– Smaller sculpin imitations, Cone head barely legals, and even Sex Dungeons should not be overlooked as quite a few browns in the low 20″ range have been looking for a bigger meal over the last three weeks.

Fishing Report for January 26th, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 974 cfs

Kirby: 1,030 cfs

The sub-par dry fly fishing that we described in our last report has improved with leaps and bounds over the last week, and fish have been eating midges like a champ when the wind hasn’t been ripping them off the water.  Stillborn midges, Goober midges, Griffith’s Gnats, and Black or Gray CDC midges have all been taking good fish in the slower moving slicks and edges of the Upper Madison, and the majority of the hatch has been taking place been between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m..  The nymph bite is still going strong, but we heard a few reports of fish getting a little “snooty” in the more heavily trafficked areas around Raynold’s Bridge.  Small $3 Dips and Zebra Midges are still doing the most damage under the surface, but don’t neglect Stonefly nymphs or San Juan Worms this time of year either.  With the forecast calling for highs in the mid-forties to low-fifties this week, we should start to see water temps begin to rise into the low 40′s once again and that could improve the streamer fishing quite a bit.  We are still getting good fish to eat a variety of small sculpin imitations, and most of the larger fish have been right against the bank or in the deeper tail outs.

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