Madison River Dam: 722 cfs Kirby: 1,250 cfs Varney: 1,950 cfs The Upper Madison continues to fish extremely well throughout the entire river. Sure there have been a few off days, but even then people are picking up decent numbers of good fish. The wade section is still mostly a nymphing game right now, and we've had great reports roll in from people fishing caddis larva, PT's, serendipities, yellow sally nymphs, and a myriad of other patterns. We are starting to see a few caddis pop in the wade section above Lyons, but the vast majority of the bugs are [...]
Madison River Dam: 705 cfs Kirby: 1,020 cfs Varney: 1,610 cfs The nymphing and streamer fishing on the Upper Madison has been very productive over the last week and the dry fly activity should start to get a little better with each passing day. We are still doing best on a variety of different nymph patterns such as Brown and Olive/Brown Pat’s Rubber Legs, green caddis larva, olive hares ears, red dips, purple lightning bugs (still!), pearl and olive zonkers, and yellow sally nymphs. Some days it doesn’t seem to matter what you throw as long as you are concentrating [...]
Madison River Dam: 714 cfs Kirby: 1,150 cfs Varney: 1,810 cfs Clarity Update: The plug of pea-soup that made its way through Quake a few days ago is gone and we are back to just over two feet of visibility above the West Fork. We are still scratching our heads as to what happened, but rest assured that we have relatively clear water once again.
Madison River Dam: 697 cfs Kirby: 1,270 cfs Varney: 2,130 cfs Clarity Update: With the decrease in flows out of Hegben over the last couple of weeks, there has been a lot more dirty water entering Quake Lake via Cabin and Beaver Creeks. That being said, another plug of mud made its way into the river yesterday morning and our visibility went from over two feet to 10 inches just like that. How will this affect the fishing? The nymphing and streamer fishing should only get better but those of you who got a week of decent dry fly fishing [...]
Madison River Dam: 785 cfs Kirby: 1,350 cfs Varney: 2,280 cfs Ok...we were wrong. If you recall from our last report, we mentioned that you shouldn't expect to see 2+ feet of visibility for at least a couple weeks. However, the 75 degree highs and warm nights have made for a very quick runoff in the Madison Range. That being said, the Upper Madison is running at just over 1,300 cfs at the Kirby Gauge and around 2.5 ft. of visibility...even below the West Fork. I wasn't sure if we would see it below 1,600 cfs until at least the [...]
Madison River Dam: 1,180 cfs Kirby: 2,040 cfs Varney: 3,280 cfs Down she goes....Not that the Upper Madison is running low by any means, but it's definitely a whole lot lower than we thought we'd be seeing this time of year. PPL has been stepping down the outflow from Hebgen this week and we are now running a full 1,000 cfs less at the Kirby gauge then we saw just five days ago. Despite the change in water levels, the fishing continues to be incredible throughout the wade section. We are running at roughly 10-12" of visibility above the West [...]