Monthly Archives: May 2012

Fishing Report for May 29th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,430 cfs Kirby: 1,700 cfs Varney: 2,190 cfs Visibility has improved on the Upper Madison over the last few days, and we are now holding at just over two feet and green.  Fishing continues to be very productive in the wade section with nymphs and streamers, and we've even had a few good reports from the dry fly crowd with BWOs in the slower pockets and slicks when the clouds have moved in.  PPL did raise the water from 1,250 to 1,430 cfs yesterday, and the afternoon bite seemed to slow down a bit as a result, [...]

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Fishing Report for May 26th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,230 cfs Kirby: 1,610 cfs Varney: 2,190 cfs It's easy to forget the fact that you were fishing in 70 degree temps a few days ago when you wake up to 3 inches of fresh snow on the ground, and we are still very much in the middle of quite the winter storm.  Despite the foul weather, there were more than a few anglers braving the wind and snow, and most of them were all smiles when we asked how they did.  Brown and black rubberlegs trailing a red worm seemed to be the ticket today, but [...]

By |2012-05-26T17:33:02+00:00May 26th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for May 26th, 2012

Fishing Report for May 24th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,060 cfs Kirby: 1,580 cfs Varney: 2,260 cfs Not much has changed over the last four days...lots of solitude and great fishing on nymphs and streamers up here on the Upper Madison.  Visibility is still holding at around a foot and the river is running green.  We got word today from PPL that the flow out of Hebgen will be increased by approximately 100 cfs starting at 11:00 tomorrow morning, and with all the rain in the forecast over the weekend it should make for another great worm hatch along the banks.  We've been doing best on [...]

By |2012-05-24T14:25:27+00:00May 24th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for May 24th, 2012

Fishing Report for May 20th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,030 cfs Kirby: 1,560 cfs Varney: 2,300 cfs We awoke yesterday morning to frost on the windshield, and an empty parking lot at 7:00 a.m.-- a true rarity for opening day, but with salmon flies and goldens on the Henry's Fork it was bound to take a little pressure off the Madison.  The river above the West Fork is still holding at a little over a foot of visibility, but fishing is good and the crowds are much thinner than in years past.  Sounds like the ticket yesterday was a rubberleg and a san juan under an [...]

By |2012-05-20T10:24:54+00:00May 20th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for May 20th, 2012

Fishing Report for May 18th, 2012

Madison River Dam:  1,010 cfs Kirby: 1,620 cfs Varney: 2,470 cfs It was good to see all the familiar faces in the shop today getting ready for the opener, and we are looking forward to another great season on the Upper Madison in 2012.  We won't have an actual fishing report until tomorrow afternoon, as the section from Quake to McAtee won't be open until the clock strikes twelve, but water clarity seems to be topic of concern from all the phone calls we've been receiving over the last week.  The plug of mud finally made it all the way [...]

By |2012-05-18T21:51:32+00:00May 18th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for May 18th, 2012

Fishing Report for May 9th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,110 cfs Kirby: 1,390 cfs Varney: 1,870 cfs After a weekend filled with snow showers, another streak of warm temps have begun in and around SW Montana.  It looks like more rain is on the way tomorrow, but the forecast is calling for 60-70 degree highs for the rest of the week.  Cabin and Beaver creeks are spewing once more, so your best shot at clear water remains between the Dam and Cabin, and again, its been B-U-S-Y.  Nymphs are still your best bet up there, and the usual suspects are still getting it done (san juans, [...]

By |2012-05-16T21:18:55+00:00May 16th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for May 9th, 2012

Fishing Report for April 27th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,160 cfs Kirby: 1,890 cfs Varney: 2,930 cfs After a few gully washers earlier in the week, the creeks are on the rise and the chocolate milk has begun to flow. Both Cabin and Beaver Creeks are putting a good deal of mud into Quake, and the lake itself is already olive-brown in color and completely iced off. Hebgen is almost completely iced off as well, except for a small portion from Kirkwood Marina to the Dam, but there is at least 10-20 feet of open water along the edges there to work with. If you’re a [...]

By |2012-05-16T21:17:44+00:00May 16th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for April 27th, 2012