Fishing Report for April 23rd, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 654 cfs

Kirby: 903 cfs

Varney: 1,100 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.

Fishing on the Upper Madison has been good this week, and it should only get better with the overcast skies and rain in the forecast through Sunday.  The streamer fishing below Varney seemed to have slowed down last week, partly due to bright skies, low water, and lots of pressure; however, the creeks are pumping another 300 cfs down there and we’re guessing that will get the  bigger browns back on the bite.  There have been a lot of BWO’s hatching down there as well, and you’ll do best by throwing #18-20 sparkle duns along the slower inside bends and tail-outs downstream from McAtee down to Ennis Bridge.  Nymphing is still your best shot at the numbers game, and a good assortment of nuke eggs, pat’s rubber legs, baetis nymphs/emergers, san juans, and midge larva should get you into fish throughout the day.

Fishing between the lakes has been really productive with nymphs, and there have been a lot of new fish showing up judging by the freshly dusted redds around the usual islands and gravel bars.  $3 Dips, zebra midges, and nuke eggs have been about all you really need up there, but we’ve noticed some baetis activity around 1:00 in the afternoon as well– If you start seeing heads poking up, try dropping a #18-20 BWO Barr’s Emerger about a foot under your dry and that should get you into fish in no time.  Cabin Creek has been putting in a fairly sizable stripe into the river, but you can still get into plenty of fish in the mud if crossing the river is not an option for you.

Also worth noting is that most of the lakes in the area are 80%-90% ice free, and you can now get a boat into Quake, Hebgen, Cliff, and Wade.  It’s still iced over at Kirkwood Marina, but it shouldn’t be long before you can get a boat in there as well. We have seen fish up eating midges along Hebgen, and make sure you bring your crayfish box if you head up there (Black leeches and #12-14 Black snow cones are also good choices).

Fishing Report for April 15th, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 622 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.

 

The Upper Madison continues to fish very between Mac and Ennis, as well as between the lakes.  It has definitely been a little windy out there, but that hasn’t seemed to affect the nymph or streamer bite too much.  There have been some great hatches of BWO’s on the cloudy days below Varney, and a lot of good midge hatches as well when the wind hasn’t been ripping them off the water.  A well presented #18-#20 Nyman BWO Cripple or Sparkle Dun should be all you need to know, along with a griffith’s gnat, black stillborn midge, or Stalcup midge cluster when the diptera are skittering about.  Water temps have been hovering between 40-50 degrees most days, and the streamer bite seems to be picking up from the late morning to evening hours…some days have been better than others, but that is usually the case this time of year (or any time of year for that matter).  The snow storm that hit the valley last night sent water temps back down into the mid 30′s this morning, so the fish may be a little lethargic  until things start to warm up again later in the week.  Nymph wise, a good selection of midge and baetis nymphs in #18-20 have been the ticket when isolating water, in addition to egg patterns, Rubber legs, Golden Stones, and San Juan worms.  The same can be said for the Madison between the lakes, although the dry fly fishing has been marginal at best when compared to the activity on the lower river below McAtee Bridge.  There haven’t been too many anglers on the weekdays, but the weekends are still pretty busy up there.  As always, please watch your step and look out for spawning redds when wading this section as the rainbows are starting to come in more  and more with each passing week.

Fishing Report for April 7th, 2015

Madison River

Dam: 671 cfs

Kirby: 780 cfs

Varney: 921 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.

The Upper Madison is still fishing very well with nymphs from McAtee down to Ennis Bridge as well as between the lakes.  On a quick Varney to 8 Mile over the weekend, we started with an Oregon cheese nuke egg trailing a Galloup BWO nymph in size 18 and never took it off.  Although there wasn’t much in the way of midges, there were a few more BWOs popping in the late morning hours than we had seen in the previous week.  We also got good reports from the Rubber Leg/San Juan crew as well, so my guess was that they were simply on the feed.  Streamers have been doing the most damage in the afternoon, especially when water temps start to get above 42 degrees or so.  Look for more BWOs to start riding the surface film this week and pray for cloudy skies.

The Madison between the lakes has also been fishing well under the surface, but we haven’t seen much in the way of surface activity quite yet.  Nuke Eggs, baetis nymphs, midge larva, Pat’s Rubber Legs, $3 Dips, rainbow warriors, and red attractors are all doing well under the indicator.  We had a small bump in the flows last weekend that we’re sure brought new fish into the system, and we should really start to see more rainbows coming in over the next two to three weeks.  That said, we are still seeing more redds popping up around Cabin Creek various tailouts so please watch your step out there.  The streamer bite seemed to be a little slower over the weekend from the few reports we got, but that doesn’t mean it can’t turn on on any given day.  Sex Dungeons, Boogie Men, and other sculpin patterns have been the way to go as of late, but dead drifting smaller patterns such as Shiela Sculpins, Sculpzillas, and Zonkers can be code crackers if you aren’t getting fish to chase.

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