Fishing Report for July 3rd, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 1,030 cfs

Kirby: 1,210 cfs;

Varney: 1,500 cfs

The Upper Madison is still fishing well these days, but the incredible dry fly fishing we had over the last two weeks has started to slow down a little.   The wade section between Quake and Lyons is still the most consistent stretch these days, and you’ll run into a smattering of Caddis, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, Eperous, and even a few Golden Stones (above Raynolds).  With the warmer temps this week we’ve been trying to get out as early as possible and have seen solid caddis hatches starting as early as 6:45 a.m..  PMD’s have been coming off between 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. and yellow sallies have been taking flight soon afterwards, but the action on top seems to be coming to a halt around noon to 1:00 p.m..  If you are having difficulty getting fish to look up then you could do worse than running an indicator right now, as the nymph fishing has been good to downright stupid over the last week– Some of our better patterns have been Kelly’s Hares Ears in natural and golden, PMD Barr’s Emrgers, $3 Dips, Krystal Dips, Shop Vacs, and small Pat’s Rubber Legs.  Streamer fishing has been good early and late, but we haven’t had much action after the bugs start hitting the water… not to mention that these fish have been pretty lethargic once water temps start to hit 70 degrees in the afternoon.  With that said, if you do decide to fish mid-day, please make sure to revive your fish until they swim away freely on their own.

Fishing Report for June 27th, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 890 cfs

Kirby: 1,030 cfs

Varney: 1,300 cfs

The Upper Madison is still fishing very well with nymphs and dries throughout the entire system, and we still have plenty of salmon flies and golden stones from Lyon’s Bridge up to the section between the lakes.  We are still seeing a few of the larger stones a between Lyon’s and Palisades, but if you are looking to throw big dries then I would concentrate your efforts in the wade section for the time being.  With the hot temperatures that we have been experiencing over the last week, mornings and evenings have been best for dry flies, but you can usually get them under the indicator during the heat of the day.  If you are heading this way, be sure to have a good selection of salmon flies, golden stones, caddis, PMDs, yellow sallies, small craneflies, and even a few green drakes as there is an entomological smorgasbord for the fish to choose from right now.  Once the surface activity starts to wane around 2:00 in the afternoon, we’ve been doing well nymphing a bunch of different patterns in the faster seams, deep buckets, and pockets.  Some of our better producers have been, but are certainly not limited to, Pat’s Rubber Legs, Shop Vacs, $3 Dips, Iron Sallies, Hydropsyche Larva, PMD Barr’s Emergers, Red and Silver Lighting Bugs, and  Flashback PT’s.  Most of you have noticed that our water temps are starting to hit the 70 degree mark in the afternoon, so please make sure to revive your fish until they regain their strength and swim away freely on their own if you decide to fish during the afternoons

Fishing Report for June 22nd, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 567 cfs

Kirby:  760 cfs

Varney: 1,110 cfs

Simply put, the fishing on the Upper Madison has been nothing short of spectacular this week.  The wade section between Quake Lake and Lyons has fished very well with nymphs and dries– Caddis larva and pupa, Yellow Sally Nymphs, Small Rubber Legs, $3 Dips, and PMD nymphs and Emergers have been the ticket under the indicator and dries such as #16 Butch Caddis, Olive and Royal Stimulators, #16 PMD Sparkle Duns, and Working Girl Yellow Sallies have been getting it done on top.  There have been a few Salmon Flies spotted in the wade section, but the bulk of the hatch is still between Palisades and  Varney Bridge for the time being.  If you decide to float, make sure to have a good selection of salmon flies, goldens, sallies, PMDs, and Caddis as there literally tons of bugs for fish to choose from right now.  Most of the stonefly flights have been taking place between 11:00 and 3:00, but you can always get a few fish to come up for the big bug during the early morning hours.  If you love to throw salmonflies and crowds aren’t really your thing then try getting on the water around 7:00 in the evening around Ruby or Mac and fish until dark…Most of the boats are usually off the water by then and you can have the whole place to yourself.

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