Fishing Report for March 25th, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 663 cfs

Kirby: 741 cfs

Varney: 906 cfs

JUST A REMINDER THAT THE UPPER MADISON BETWEEN QUAKE LAKE AND MCATEE BRIDGE AS WELL AS FROM ENNIS BRIDGE TO ENNIS LAKE IS CLOSED TO ALL FISHING UNTIL MAY 16TH.

It’s been a nice change of pace to wake up to fresh snow on the ground the last couple mornings, but it’s looking like we’ll have some warmer weather moving back in tomorrow through the weekend.  We’ve been getting a lot of calls recently asking about the status of the road down to the inlet of Quake as well as the lake itself.  Quake is still iced over from approximately 400 yards east of the boat ramp to the outlet, and it will be at least 2-3 weeks before there is chance to get a boat in.  The road from the Campfire to the lake is still blocked off by a pretty good chunk of snow, so unless you have a snowmobile at your disposal it will be a 20 min. walk down there for a while.  The walk is pretty tolerable though, as a combination of the recent melt as well as foot traffic will only have you walking through a foot or two rather than the 3-4 feet that is more typical this time of year.  Fishing between the lakes has been both busy and productive, so be sure to get there a little early or you might find it hard to get a good spot between the dam and cabin creek.  If you get there and the people hatch is more than you can bare, there has been significantly less traffic below Cabin Creek, and a 5-10 minute walk will often free up a lot of options.  More spawning redds are starting to pop up there as well, so please watch you step around any bright gravel.

The Madison below McAtee Bridge has also been fishing well, with the majority of the boat traffic being found between Varney and the town ramp in Ennis.  Nymphing is still the name of the game down there, and patterns such as #8-10 Pat’s Rubber Legs in black, brown, and olive, red and pink san juan worms, baetis nymphs, and attractors have all been producing good numbers of fish.  The streamer bite seems to be picking up as well, and we tend to do better on food-based imitations such as Sex Dungeons, Barely Legals, and other small sculpin or leech patterns rather than reactionary flies this time of year.  You’ll do best by keeping it to a slow jig or twitch during the morning, but start putting a little more speed in your retrieve once water temperatures start to rise during the afternoon.  For the dry fly guys out there, you can still find fish sipping midges in the tailouts and slow insides, especially when the clouds move in.  We still have yet to see any Blue Wings hatching, but with water temperatures in the mid to upper 40′s they can’t be too far off.

Fishing Report for March 9th, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 804 cfs

Kirby: 850 cfs

Varney: 984 cfs

Just a reminder that the Upper Madison between Quake Lake and McAtee Bridge as well as from Ennis Bridge to Ennis Lake is closed to all fishing until May 16th.

It’s looking like another week filled with Spring temperatures and very tolerable winds.  The Madison between the lakes is fishing well with nymphs and we are starting to see more rainbows creeping into the system with each passing day.  It’s still not crazy yet in terms of numbers of fish and people alike, but it should start to really get going here in the next couple of weeks.  Small Pat’s Rubber Legs, eggs in oregon cheese and orange, Zebras, PT’s, $3 dips, red brassies (there’s just something about red up there in the Spring), and baetis nymphs should all be in the rotation right now.  Streamers such as small sculpin imitations and leech patterns tend to do better on numbers of fish up there, but don’t be afraid to throw something with a little more substance if you are looking for the one.  If floating is more your style, then you’ll be glad to know that all the ramps below McAtee are open, and it sounds like the lower river has been fishing well with nymphs as well.  Rubber Legs, San Juans, and small Mega Princes are always a good bet this time of year, and be sure to bring your midge box in case some heads start poking up in the slower moving tail outs.  As water temps start to hit the low 40 degree mark around 3:00 p.m., you should start to see fish move a little more for streamers.  Some of our favorite patterns below Varney this time of year include peanut envys, CH barely legals, and sex dungeons but smaller sculpin patterns such as Trevor’s, shiela, and sculpzillas can be code crackers if they are just nosin’ the bigger stuff.

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.

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