Fishing Report for July 25th, 2010

Madison River

Dam: 851 cfs

Kirby: 1,010 cfs

The Madison continues to fish well up high, but the water has warmed up a little bit below Varney bridge.  Caddis and PMDs have been the name of the game throughout the morning, with the hatches starting around 9:00 a.m and lasting until around noon.  When the wind has cooperated, fish have been looking up, and we’ve been doing well on size 16 PMD parachutes and tan X-caddis trailing sparkle pupas, Iris Caddis, soft hackle hare’s ears, and PMD emergers.  If it gets a little too blustery out there, put on the bobbers, and you should be rewarded– some of our best patterns have been olive sparkle pupas, PMD Barr’s Emergers, copper johns, #18 red lightning bugs, $3 dips, Caddis larva, and various midges.  The big stoneflies are gone, but there are still TONS of yellow sallies out there, which have been providing some good dry fly action during the afternoons.  The small terrestrial bite is just getting going up here, with ants and beetles being your best bet right now, but we have been getting a few good fish to take a look at a hopper every now and again.  Attractor fishing has been day to day, but small royal stimulators, PMXs, and just good old parachute adams have been taking some nice fish during the afternoon lulls.    The evenings continue to be the best dry fly fishing action at the moment.  Fish seem to be getting on the caddis between 6:30 and 7:00 pm, and the Epeorus spinner falls have been taking over about 45 minutes before dark.  Streamer fishing has been good early and late, but its been pretty tough throughout the rest of the day.

Fishing Report for July 18th, 2010

Madison River

Dam: 890 cfs

Kirby: 1080 cfs

The Upper Madison is in full swing, but fishing has been a little spotty due to high winds as of late.  When the “W” has cooperated the dry fly bite has been really good, with yellow sallies, golden stones, caddis, PMDs, Epeorus, and even Grey Drakes being the top producers.  Salmon Flies are pretty much done for the year, but we have seen a few still hovering around the wade section.  Goldens are a little more prevalent from Lyon’s bridge on up, but the sallies are out in far greater numbers– One of the rainbows I landed two nights ago had sallies caked all over the inside of his mouth, which were between size 16 and 18.  Caddis and PMDs have been popping from around 9:00 am to noon, and fish have definitely been looking up for them.  If the wind picks up in the afternoon, you can still catch fish on dries, but you’ll do far better nymphing caddis larva/pupa/diving adults, PMD nymphs, soft hackles, and attractors like lightening bugs, prince nymphs, and red copper johns.  The evening fishing has really picked up over the last few days, with caddis starting around 7:00 and Epeorus Spinners starting to fall around 9:00 pm, but fish have also been looking for golden stones around that time as well.

Fishing Report for July 9th, 2010

Madison River

Dam: 890 cfs

Kirby: 1,150 cfs

Those who have been waiting patiently for the Upper Madison to explode are finally reaping the fruits of their labor.  It seems like the bugs started popping in huge numbers on Wednesday, and the dry fly fishing is as good as it gets right now.  PMDs, four different kinds of  caddis, Epeorus, Salmon flies, golden stones, and yellow sallies are all making their presence known– we’ve even been seeing a few green drakes and flavs in the mix.  Salmon flies and goldens have sprung in between the lakes, and are thickest between the West Fork and a few miles above Ruby Creek, so we’re guessing they should be at Raynolds by Sunday or Monday.  Evening caddis action has been huge in the float section, and is just getting started around the Three Dollar/ Raynolds area– The epeorus spinner falls are just beginning as well, so make sure to have a few rusty spinners in your box if you plan on fishing until dark.  The dry fly bite can be good all day, and fish are definitely looking up, but nymphing big rubber legs, yellow sally nymphs, PMD nymphs/emergers, and Caddis larva/pupas has been really good from sun up to late morning.

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