Fishing Report for September 4th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 974 cfs Kirby: 1,030 cfs Varney: 1,100 cfs It's starting to feel a bit more like Fall in Southwest Montana, and colder nights have brought water temperatures down to more reasonable levels.  We had a TON of people out on the river over Labor Day weekend, but the crowds have subsided and things should become a little more comfortable for everyone after today.  The Upper Madison is still a little spotty, but we've been having better days than usual over the past week...not so much on top, but the nymph bite has been good with serendipitys, baetis [...]

By |2019-10-23T03:04:55+00:00September 4th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Fishing Report for August 26th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,010 cfs Kirby: 1,040 cfs Varney: 1,130 cfs Not much has changed over the last week here on the Upper Madison.  Mornings and evenings continue to produce the most consistent fishing, but the afternoons are still a little more day-to-day than we'd like to see.  One day we have a great nymph and ant bite, and the next day it's all 12-13 inchers and whitefish...go figure.  The wade section continues to be the surest best around here, and we've been doing best nymphing $3 dips, Red serendipitys, and diving caddis when they haven't been looking up.  The [...]

By |2019-10-23T03:04:56+00:00August 26th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Fishing Report for August 19th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,030 cfs Kirby: 1,090 cfs Varney: 1,180 cfs Colder nights, and thus colder water temps have improved fishing throughout the wade section over the last week.  We are still seeing a few caddis above Raynold's Bridge as well as Epeorus spinners, which has made for some good evening dry fly fishing after 7:00 p.m., but nymphing has still been the way to go during the day if you are looking for numbers.  Three Dollar Dips in #16-18 have been the most consistent, but black or red midges, caddis larva, and even baetis nymphs (in the a.m.) should [...]

By |2019-10-23T03:04:56+00:00August 19th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Fishing Report for August 11th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,030 cfs Kirby: 1,140 cfs Varney: 1,270 cfs While mornings and evenings are still going to be your best bet on the Upper Madison, we've been getting more reports of good terrestrial fishing in the wade section from late morning through the afternoon over the last few days, so there is a glimmer of hope out there for the mid-day angler and we're hoping that it just keeps getting better.  Tan and flesh colored hoppers in the #12-14 range and #14-18 cinnamon and black ants will be your best options during these time periods.  We have also [...]

By |2021-02-07T10:57:03+00:00August 11th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Fishing Report for August 5th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,270 cfs Kirby: 1,360 cfs Varney: 1,500 cfs It's been more of the same on the Upper Madison these days....great mornings and evenings, and much tougher afternoons.  The dry fly bite has been good to excellent from O-Dark-30 until 11:00 a.m., and we've been doing best on Nocturnal stones, PMD Cripples, rusty spinners, and small parachutes in the #16-18 range.  The streamer bite has been incredible during this time period as well, so make sure to bring some olive peanut envys, barely legals, and double screamers along with you if you plan on getting on the water [...]

By |2019-10-23T03:04:56+00:00August 5th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Fishing Report for July 28th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,310 cfs Kirby: 1,420 cfs Varney: 1,590 cfs It's been a hot one out there for the better part of two weeks, and water temps are now peaking at around 71 degrees at Kirby...not so good for the afternoon bite.  If you are planning on wetting a line in the Upper Madison these days I would highly recommend getting on the water as early as possible, fishing until noon-thirty, and heading back out after 6:30 p.m. as the fishing has actually been really good during these time frames.  Various serendipitys, hare's ears, and epeorus emergers in the [...]

By |2019-10-23T03:04:56+00:00July 30th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Fishing Report for July 22nd, 2012

Madison River Dam:  1,140 cfs Kirby: 1,310 cfs Varney: 1,530 cfs It's been a hot couple of weeks throughout the state, and water temps are now peaking at around 70 degrees above the West Fork.  The forecast is calling for more reasonable weather patterns (high 70's-low 80's) this week, so hopefully that will cool things down a little bit.  Most of our hatches are done below Varney right now, except for nocturnal stones and a few caddis, so you'll do best by getting on the water early down there or later on in the evening,  There are still quite a [...]

By |2019-10-23T03:04:56+00:00July 22nd, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Fishing Report for July 14th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,120 cfs Kirby: 1,290 cfs Varney: 1,640 cfs The Upper Madison continues to fish very well these days, and although the dry fly fishing isn't quite as good as the three week extravaganza we had from late June on, fish are still looking up and the nymph fishing has been very consistent.  Small dries are the name of the game right now until we have our nocturnal stones show up in the float section (hoppers won't be far behind either), and a variety of PMD, Flav, and hare's ear parachutes have been taking some nice fish throughout [...]

By |2021-02-08T03:29:46+00:00July 14th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Fishing Report for July 8th, 2012

Madison River Dam: 1,010 cfs Kirby: 1,240 cfs Varney: 1,640 cfs The Upper Madison continues to fish exceptionally well, and the dry fly fishing has truly been some of the best we've seen in recent years.  There are still a few isolated patches of salmon flies below Palisades, but the majority of the hatch is now between Windy Point and Quake Lake...you'll find much of the same with regards to golden stones as well, but there are still plenty of yellow sallies throughout the Upper.  There have been more than enough Caddis, PMDs, Flavs, and Epeorus to keep trout looking [...]

By |2021-02-08T03:33:52+00:00July 8th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Fishing Report for July 4th, 2012

Madison River Dam:  900 cfs Kirby: 1,200 cfs Varney: 1,660 cfs The Upper Madison is in top shape right now, and the dry fly fishing has been great to just downright ridiculous over the last ten days.  The bulk of our Salmonflies are between Ruby and Quake Lake, as are the golden stones and yellow sallies, and fish have been up on them in a big way.  Flavs, PMDs, both species of Epeorus, five different species of caddis, and even green drakes can be found throughout the Upper river-- Simply put, the Madison is as good as it is going [...]

By |2021-02-08T03:30:51+00:00July 4th, 2012|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

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