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Fishing Report for June 30th, 2011

Madison River Dam: 1,950 cfs Kirby: 3,220 cfs Varney: 5,290 cfs After a tough couple of days due to dropping water levels, the Madison has stabilized once again and has been fishing very well.  Visibility remains at just over a foot, and all the creeks are still gushing with mud...even Squaw Creek which I've never seen turn chocolate brown like it was yesterday.  That being said, the worm bite has really picked up on the river as more and more wriggling annelids are being ousted from their earthly dwellings-- The San Juan color of choice has been hot pink, but [...]

By |2011-06-30T18:54:22+00:00June 30th, 2011|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for June 30th, 2011

Fishing Report for June 27th, 2011

Madison River Dam: 1,910 cfs Kirby: 2,910 cfs Varney: 4,440 cfs As the water continues to drop, fish seem to be scrambling for new holding water, and its been a tough couple of days on the Upper Madison.  We are seeing tons of caddis pop, but pupa imitations, as well as everything that had been working (ie. baetis nymphs, midges, worms, caddis larva, etc) don't seem to tearing it up at the moment. Visibility continues to improve little by little, but I think its safe to say that it will definitely be a little tough out there until the water [...]

By |2011-06-27T20:21:11+00:00June 27th, 2011|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for June 27th, 2011

Fishing Report for June 24th, 2011

Madison River Dam: 2,490 cfs Kirby: 3,990 cfs Varney: 6,430 cfs Our head guide, Steve Mock, just returned with two very happy clients about ten minutes ago.  Steve said the fishing was outstanding from Raynolds all the way down to the West Fork Bridge, and his top producers were red and pink san juan worms, baetis nymphs, and #16 three dollar dips.   That being said, I think it would be worth your while to head up here this weekend before we start to see the crowds show up next week --------------------------------------------------------------------- Water levels above the West Fork rose about [...]

By |2011-06-24T07:12:46+00:00June 24th, 2011|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for June 24th, 2011

Fishing Report for June 23rd, 2011

Madison River Dam: 2,650 cfs Kirby: 3,870 cfs Varney: 5,910 Cabin  and Beaver Creek have been putting in a lot of mud over the last three or four days, and some of it has actually made it through Quake already.  Visibility is currently at just over a foot, but its still fishing well.  Just wanted to let everybody know in case you come over here and wonder where the two feet of clarity went that we talked about in the report yesterday.

By |2011-06-23T08:49:25+00:00June 23rd, 2011|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for June 23rd, 2011

Fishing Report for June 22nd, 2011

Madison River Dam: 2,650 cfs Kirby: 3,660 cfs Varney: 5,310 cfs Visibility has improved on the Upper Madison, especially above Pine Butte, and we're now looking at somewhere around 2 feet of greenish-brown water, while water clarity below the West Fork is still just over a foot.  Nymphs and streamers are still doing mighty fine around here, and the crowds really haven't been that bad during the weekday.  Top nymphs are still San Juans, Rubberlegs, red crystal serendipitys, baetis nymphs and emergers, caddis larva, and three dollar dips, but we are starting to see a few more caddis pop every [...]

By |2011-06-22T12:38:44+00:00June 22nd, 2011|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for June 22nd, 2011

Fishing Report for June 19th, 2011

Madison River Dam: 3,100 cfs Kirby: 3,680 cfs Varney 4,900 cfs As promised, PPL began raising the flows out of Hebgen on Friday evening and it finally hit 3,000 cfs this morning.  I would guess that they probably won't be raising it too much more since they are trying to keep the gauge at Kirby below 4,000 cfs.  We had some guide trips on the wade section over the last few days, and the reports have actually been quite good.  When its been overcast, rubberlegs and other stonefly imitations have been taking some good fish, but the red san juan [...]

By |2011-06-19T12:29:34+00:00June 19th, 2011|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for June 19th, 2011

Fishing Report for June 17th, 2011

Madison River Dam: 2,720 cfs Kirby: 3,390 cfs Varney: 4,530 cfs Just want to give everybody a quick heads-up that flows out of Hebgen Dam will likely be increasing over the weekend.  We received a letter from PPL, and the long and the short of it is this: “ 'The excess precipitation this spring, around 150 percent of normal for the first half of June, combined with the large snowpack in the upper Madison River high country has the potential to result in a Hebgen Lake elevation above our federal operating license limit of 6,534.87 feet if we do not [...]

By |2011-06-17T16:51:57+00:00June 17th, 2011|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for June 17th, 2011

Fishing Report for June 16th, 2011

Madison River Dam: 2,490 cfs Kirby: 3,240 cfs Varney: 4,900 cfs Good reports keep coming in from the wade section, and the word seems to have finally gotten out, as we are starting to see "more" people out on the river this week, but the crowds are still slim compared to what we'll see in a couple of weeks or so. All the creeks are still putting in a lot of mud, but the clarity is still in that 12-16 in. range above the West Fork of the Madison. Streamer fishing has been fair to excellent, depending on the day, [...]

By |2011-06-16T13:56:53+00:00June 16th, 2011|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for June 16th, 2011

Fishing Report for June 12th, 2011

Madison River Dam: 2,430 cfs Kirby: 3,370 cfs Varney: 4,760 cfs The wade section continues to fish very well despite high water and 6-8 inches of visibility, and this weekend has been no exception.  Just about everyone who stopped in yesterday said they did well, and we also had some very happy clients come back from a guide trip.  The streamer fishing has slowed down a little bit, but nymphing has been more than made up for it.  Red San Juan Worms, Brown Warbirds/rubberlegs, Red serendipitys , purple lightning bugs, red midges, and baetis nymphs/emergers have all tagged some really [...]

By |2011-06-12T09:54:47+00:00June 12th, 2011|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for June 12th, 2011

Fishing Report for June 7th, 2011

Madison River Dam: 2,410 cfs Kirby: 3,350 cfs (rising) Varney: 5,030 cfs The mud finally came through Quake last night, and the Upper River currently has about 10 inches of visibility above the West Fork.  Flows were also raised about 100 cfs today, but we are expecting that to increase over the next few days, as more rain is in the forecast all this week.  Cabin and Beaver Creeks also started gushing again, and water levels  below Quake have come up around 600 cfs. If cabin fever is getting the best of you, a pink worm or a rubberleg should [...]

By |2011-06-07T10:05:46+00:00June 7th, 2011|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for June 7th, 2011