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Fishing Report for December 4th, 2014

Madison River Dam: 900 cfs Kirby: 994 cfs With the deep freeze relinquishing its grasp on the Greater Yellowstone Region over the last few days, it has been downright pleasant to be on the Upper Madison this week.  The nymph fishing between Quake and Lyon's Bridge has continued to offer up the most consistent action, and midges are definitely the way to go.  While larger patterns such as Pat's Rubber Legs, San Juan Worms, and Zonkers are always a good option, we seem to be doing best on black zebra midges, #18 $3 Dips, and other various midge imitations.  There [...]

By |2014-12-04T15:10:29+00:00December 4th, 2014|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for December 4th, 2014

Fishing Report for November 20th, 2014

Madison River Dam: 822 cfs Kirby: 914 cfs It was nice not to have to worry about ice in the guides yesterday, as air temperatures climbed above freezing for the first time in over 10 days.  Despite the cold water temps, we are still getting good fish on streamers both in the wade section and between the lakes.  We have been slowing down our retrieves to more of a slow jig, and the eats on the drop have actually been fairly light, so set the hook if you feel anything even close to tension at the end of your line. [...]

By |2014-11-20T12:25:05+00:00November 20th, 2014|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for November 20th, 2014

2015 Streamer Schools Announced!

After another successful school in the Fall of 2014, we are excited to get the ball rolling again in 2015.  Once again our goal is to give each individual a better understanding of a systematic approach to streamer fishing using techniques developed by Kelly and his guide staff.  Through detailed seminars and expert instruction, we will teach you the necessary skills and knowledge base needed to maximize your odds at a fish of a lifetime.  Our classroom will be the Madison River, a blue ribbon trout stream that needs little introduction, and the Fall season provides the solitude that very [...]

By |2014-11-17T15:54:03+00:00November 17th, 2014|Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on 2015 Streamer Schools Announced!

Fishing Report for November 13th, 2014

Madison River Dam: 832 cfs Kirby: 923 cfs It's been a chilly one out there this week, and we got word that the lower river down by Ennis was a bit on the slushy side yesterday afternoon, so you may want to head more towards the wade section between Quake and Lyons if you plan on heading up this way.  With water temps dropping into the mid-thirties and low-forties, nymphs are definitely the way to go if you are looking for numbers.  Small serendipities, zebra midges, rubber legs, eggs, and baetis nymphs will be your best bets from now all [...]

By |2014-11-13T15:34:05+00:00November 13th, 2014|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for November 13th, 2014

Fishing Report for October 28th, 2014

Madison River Dam: 851 cfs Kirby: 959 cfs Varney: 1,180 cfs Well it had it happen sooner or later, but true Fall temperatures have finally descended upon the Madison Valley.  This seems to have only helped the bite over the last week, and the Upper Madison has been fishing well on all fronts.  Nymph rigs are still the way to go for numbers, and Pat's Rubber legs, Midges, Baetis nymph/emergers, and small serendipities have all been producing under the indicator.  On most afternoons you can still encounter a fairly decent BWO hatch throughout the upper river, and the emergence seems [...]

By |2014-10-28T14:43:21+00:00October 28th, 2014|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for October 28th, 2014

Fishing Report for October 20th, 2014

Madison River Dam: 861 cfs Kirby: 948 cfs Varney: 1,160 cfs Fishing has been good on the Upper Madison this week, as we continue to bask in the incredibly warm October weather.  Midges and Baetis nymphs are still producing most of the action below the surface, and we are seeing quite a few BWOs emerging anytime between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.  As far as the tug is concerned, streamer fishing has been excellent in some sections and a lot tougher in others...The action between the lakes and from Palisades to McAtee has been pretty slow, but the bite below [...]

By |2014-10-20T21:07:45+00:00October 20th, 2014|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for October 20th, 2014

Fishing Report for October 12th, 2014

Madison River Dam: 880 cfs Kirby: 1,030 cfs Varney: 1,230 cfs The weather patterns have been unseasonably warm for this little corner of the World, with highs in the mid-sixties to low-seventies over the last couple of weeks.  We have finally started to see our larger Fall Baetis (#20's) emerging this week, which has been taking place anytime between noon and 1:30 p.m. depending on the day.  Nymph fishing continues to be your best option for numbers right now, and some of our favorite Fall patterns in the wade section are  Kelly's BWO nymph in #18-20, Hogan's S&M Nymph in [...]

By |2014-10-12T11:25:58+00:00October 12th, 2014|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for October 12th, 2014

Fishing Report for September 24th, 2014

Madison River Dam: 1,020 cfs Kirby: 1,140 cfs Varney: 1,300 cfs After a week of marginal fishing, the Upper Madison is back on track and fishing well.  Streamers and nymphs have been productive both on and off the banks, but the dry fly bite has been the most inconsistent as of late.  Olive, black, and brown streamers have been working well early and late, and will continue to produce when the cloud cover holds.  However, streamers in solid white and other white color combinations have been the way to go when the sun is out.  If stripping big flies isn't [...]

By |2014-09-24T16:50:24+00:00September 24th, 2014|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for September 24th, 2014

Fishing Report for September 19th, 2014

Madison River Dam: 1,030 cfs Kirby: 1,150 cfs Varney: 1,350 cfs The Upper Madison has been a little more finicky lately that we are used to seeing this time of year, but a lot of that depends on what section you are on.  For the most part, the wade section between Quake and Lyons Bridge has been the most consistent and nymphs or streamers have been the name of the game.  We are still getting quite a few eats on hoppers and ants on these nice afternoons, but the subsurface action has been the way to go if you are [...]

By |2014-09-18T20:47:59+00:00September 18th, 2014|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for September 19th, 2014

Fishing Report for September 2nd, 2014

Madison River Dam: 974 cfs Kirby: 1,180 cfs Varney: 1,320 cfs Clarity Update:  Cabin and Beaver Creeks have been putting a fair amount of mud into Quake Lake with the recent rains.  That mud plug made it through the outlet last night and we are now at about 2.5 feet of green visibility above the West Fork. The weather patterns around Southwest Montana have been going through a bit of an identity crisis over the last two weeks-- One day it will be bluebird and 84 and 24 hours later the clouds come rolling in and we have two days [...]

By |2014-09-02T10:51:11+00:00September 2nd, 2014|Madison River, Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Fishing Report for September 2nd, 2014