Monthly Archives: May 2013

Fishing Report for May 31st, 2013

Madison River Dam: 552 cfs Kirby: 926 cfs Varney: 1,480 cfs It's hard to believe that June 1st is right around the corner, considering that the water level and clarity of the Upper Madison is far more reminiscent of what you would typically find around mid July-- Most of the creeks below Quake Lake are running clear and both Cabin and Beaver  are flowing with a just a tinge of green.  We are currently holding at just over 900 cfs with around 3.5-4 feet of visibility above the West Fork and around 3 feet below Lyon's Bridge. but with the [...]

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Fishing Report for May 25th, 2013

Madison River Dam: 740 cfs Kirby: 1,200 cfs Varney: 1,810 cfs The clarity has improved once again in the Upper River and we are currently holding at roughly three feet of visibility and 1,200 cfs above the West Fork...just about perfect.  Not much has changed as far as effective nymph patterns are concerned, with pat's rubber legs, sally nymphs, zebra midges, baetis nymphs/emergers, PT's, and red dips/lightning bugs/copper johns still taking good numbers of fish.  As areas tight to the bank have been receiving more and more pressure,  we've noticed that  fish are moving into more "summer-like" feeding lies such [...]

By |2013-05-25T07:45:48+00:00May 25th, 2013|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for May 25th, 2013

Fishing Report for May 22nd, 2013

Madison River Dam: 722 cfs Kirby: 1,150 cfs Varney: 1,800 cfs Water clarity has improved throughout the upper river and we are now sitting at around 2 feet of visibility in both the wade and float stretches of the Madison.  We had our first report of decent dry fly fishing from a few customers that were throwing baetis duns above Raynolds today...they didn't kill it by any means but it's a good sign for the weeks to come.  It seems like the nymph fishing has slowed down a little bit on average, but the customers that have been doing well [...]

By |2013-05-22T16:01:20+00:00May 22nd, 2013|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for May 22nd, 2013

Fishing Report for May 19th, 2013

Madison River Opening Weekend Dam: 697 cfs Kirby: 1,280 cfs Varney: 2,090 cfs Just about everyone that walked in the shop yesterday afternoon had a smile on their face and plenty of great fish stories to share around the counter.   Despite good numbers of BWOs and March Browns on the water, we didn't hear much in the way of good dry fly fishing from most anglers, but that's to be expected when you're faced with roughly a foot of visibility.  The nymph bite on the other hand was a whole different story.  As usual, a brown Pat's Rubber Leg [...]

By |2013-05-19T10:27:50+00:00May 19th, 2013|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for May 19th, 2013

Fishing Report for May 16th, 2013

Madison River Dam: 749 cfs Kirby: 1,350 cfs Varney: 1,990 cfs Clarity Update:  The plug of mud finally made it to the end of Quake, and we are now sitting at around a foot of visibility above the West Fork.  While this will certainly affect the dry fly fishing over the weekend, the nymph and streamer bite should be outstanding.  Those running an indicator will want to have a good supply of brown and black rubber legs, prince nymphs, pink and red San Juan Worms, pheasant tails, zebra midges, and baetis nymphs/emergers (yup...they eat small stuff in the mud too).  [...]

By |2013-05-16T16:53:44+00:00May 16th, 2013|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for May 16th, 2013

Fishing Report for May 8th, 2013

Madison River Dam: 861 cfs Kirby: 1,060 cfs Varney: 1,230 cfs Just a reminder that the Madison between Quake Lake and McAtee Bridge is closed until May 18th, as is Ennis Bridge to Ennis Lake. We took a drive up to the Dam this morning, and what a difference a little wind and some 65 degree weather can do in a just few short days- -Quake Lake is virtually ice free and from what we heard yesterday from a couple of fishermen, Hebgen isn't lagging too far behind...Both Wade and Cliff lakes are iced off as well.  In short, we [...]

By |2013-05-08T08:36:44+00:00May 8th, 2013|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for May 8th, 2013

Fishing Report for May 1st, 2013

Madison River Dam: 851 cfs Kirby: 956 cfs Varney: 1,060 cfs The Madison between the lakes has been fishing well with nymphs over the last week, and while we've had some good days throwing streamers, it's been far more consistent running the indicator rig.  That's not to say that you can't go out there and have a great day of streamer fishing right now, but you may go back a day later and wonder where all the meat eaters went.  If you plan on fishing nymphs, bring a good assortment of zebra midges, egg patterns, pat's rubber legs, $3 dips, [...]

By |2013-05-01T14:56:10+00:00May 1st, 2013|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for May 1st, 2013