Fishing Report for January 14th, 2015

Madison River

Dam:  963 cfs

Kirby: 1,020 cfs

The Upper Madison continues to fish very well with nymphs, but so far the dry fly fishing has been a little slower than we’ve seen over the last couple of years.  One reason for the lack of heads can be summed up in a word: Wind.  While the forecast is calling for strong gusts through Friday night there is a little light at the end of the tunnel, as some much needed cloud cover and snow is expected to envelop the Madison valley over the weekend.  There have also been less hatches as well.  That’s not to say that there aren’t enough to get a good pod of fish looking up on most days, but it is far from the incredible hatches we saw during the Winters of 2013 and 2014.  When they have been eating up top you can count on it between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and a well presented still born midge, cdc midge, or griffith’s gnat in #18-20 is usually all you need to know.  We still have another month and a half to go up here, so hopefully things will start to get rolling as the month progresses.   If nymph fishing is more your style, then you should have no problem getting a bend in the rod right now.  Small Olive Hare’s Ears, zebra midges, $3 Dips, and stonefly nymphs are still taking good numbers of fish in the deeper holes and slow edges of the Upper Madison.

Fishing Report for January 2nd, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 996 cfs

Kirby: 1,090 cfs

After a very intense cold front over the Holidays, temperatures are climbing to more tolerable levels and fishing has been good on the Upper River.  Midges, Pat’s Rubber Legs, Olive Hare’s Ears in #18-20, and #18 $3 Dips are still the way to go under the indicator and we are starting to see more adult midges popping every day.  The wind situation hasn’t helped the dry fly fishing, but we should really start to get going soon with the warmer temps heading our way next week.  The river is still a little icy below Lyon’s Bridge, so I would stick to the areas between the lakes as well as between Raynold’s Bridge and Pine Butte if you plan on heading up this way.

 

Fishing Report for December 4th, 2014

Madison River

Dam: 900 cfs

Kirby: 994 cfs

With the deep freeze relinquishing its grasp on the Greater Yellowstone Region over the last few days, it has been downright pleasant to be on the Upper Madison this week.  The nymph fishing between Quake and Lyon’s Bridge has continued to offer up the most consistent action, and midges are definitely the way to go.  While larger patterns such as Pat’s Rubber Legs, San Juan Worms, and Zonkers are always a good option, we seem to be doing best on black zebra midges, #18 $3 Dips, and other various midge imitations.  There has been some surface activity as well, but it’s still not full-blown quite yet….give it a few weeks and we should really start to see it go crazy out there.  Streamer fishing is still well worth your time, so keep your retrieves slow and pay attention to the slow edges, tail-outs, and deep buckets and you should do fine.  We are still getting fish to eat larger patterns such as Peanut Envys and Sex Dungeons, but smaller flies such as Wooly Sculpins, Mike’s Pecs, CH Barely Legals, and various buggers can be more productive on the colder mornings.  The extended forecast is calling for temps in the high 30′s to low 40′s for the next seven days, so now would be a great time to grab your gear and head on over to Upper Madison before Old Man Winter shows himself again.

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