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Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for June 25th, 2017 Dam: 1,300 cfs Kirby: 1,800 cfs Varney: 2,280 cfs Madison River fishing report.  The Upper Madison is in full swing and the river is literally exploding with insect activity.  You’ll find good numbers of salmonflies and golden stones from Palisades all the way down to Cameron Flats, and it shouldn’t be long before they start to make their presence known in the wade section between Quake Lake and Lyon’s Bridge.  Our guess is that they should be up here by the first or second of July and they should hang around for at [...]

By |2017-06-28T20:43:56+00:00June 25th, 2017|Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for June 18th, 2017 Dam: 1,610 cfs Kirby: 2,190 cfs Varney: 2,840 cfs Madison River fishing report.  The Upper Madison is still running at over 2,000 cfs above the West Fork and just under 3,000 cfs at Varney but it’s in great shape and fishing well.  Visibility has improved to around 3.5-4 ft and green, and with the forecast calling for fairly sunny skies and warmer nights, my guess is that we should start to see a drop in flows here soon. […]

By |2017-06-19T04:09:44+00:00June 19th, 2017|Madison River Fishing Report|1 Comment

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for June 8th, 2017 Dam: 1,440 cfs Kirby: 2,520 cfs Varney: 3,630 cfs Madison River fishing report.  The fishing on the Upper Madison continues to hold its own, and the nymph and streamer fishing has been excellent throughout the wade section between Quake and Lyon’s Bridge.  Flows have been hovering between 2,400-2,600 cfs above the West Fork for the last week or so, and it could very easily go up even higher depending on how much precipitation we get over the next five days.  Visibility remains at roughly 8″ and green. […]

By |2017-06-09T00:06:34+00:00June 9th, 2017|Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for May 24th, 2017 Dam: 1,700 cfs Kirby: 2,300 cfs Varney: 3,100 cfs Madison River fishing report.  The Upper Madison has cleaned up nicely since last Saturday and we are now sitting at roughly 3.5′ of visibility and green above the West Fork.  We should have relatively clear water for the next 3-5 days, but it looks like Cabin and Beaver Creeks are pumping mud into Quake again so my guess is that the plug should hit river by Saturday or Sunday. […]

By |2017-05-24T21:39:26+00:00May 24th, 2017|Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for May 13th, 2017 Dam: 1,700 cfs Kirby: 2,700 cfs Varney: 4,330 cfs Madison River fishing report.  Well, a lot has changed from our last report in late April and just about all the rivers in the region are in the midst of a very solid runoff that is likely to stay put for quite some time.  That said, the Madison between Quake and Lyon’s is currently running at about 10″-12″ of visibility and green.  You can still find about the same clarity from Lyon’s down to Windy on the right side of the river, but [...]

By |2017-05-13T20:48:05+00:00May 11th, 2017|Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for April 26th, 2017 Dam: 1,290 cfs Kirby: 1,360 cfs Varney: 1,530 cfs Madison River fishing report.  The Upper Madison is still fishing extremely well throughout its entirety, and we just saw the first good emergence of blue winged olives yesterday in the wade section between Quake Lake and Lyon’s.  That said, the dry fly fishing has remained good to excellent from late morning through the afternoon with midges, BWOs, and skwallas.  Most of the midges have been popping anywhere from 10:30-3:00 depending on the day, and a #20 Goober midge or Griffith’s gnat is still about [...]

By |2017-04-27T00:46:38+00:00April 27th, 2017|Madison River Fishing Report|1 Comment

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for March 24th, 2017 Dam: 1,290 cfs Kirby: 1,350 cfs Varney: 1,550 cfs Madison River fishing report.  As most of you know, we had two weeks of unseasonably warm temperatures in the region in addition to several days of rain, which muddied up many of the creeks and rivers at lower elevations.  The good news is that the forecast is calling for cooler nights and highs in the forties through next week, which should slow the melt down considerably from what we saw earlier in the month. Flows out of the dam were raised another 100 [...]

By |2017-03-24T23:04:07+00:00March 24th, 2017|Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for March 13th, 2017 Dam: 1,150 cfs Kirby: 1,180 cfs Varney: 1,370 cfs Madison River fishing report.  Not much has changed on the Upper Madison over the last month, and fish are still eating nymphs and dry flies very well throughout the Upper River.  As you can see from the river gauges, the flow out of Hebgen was increased  by 300 cfs last week, and we are currently running at just under 1,200 cfs at the Kirby gauge for the time being.  While much of the low level snow has started to melt from the Slide area [...]

By |2017-03-16T19:25:53+00:00March 13th, 2017|Madison River Fishing Report|3 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for February 17th, 2017 Dam: 861 cfs Kirby: 892 cfs       Madison River fishing report.  Not much has changed on the Upper Madison this month except for the presence of warmer air temperatures that have descended upon the valley over the last several weeks.  It’s strange to see rain in the forecast this early, but at least we are still getting some snow in the mountains and we still have a good amount of Winter left to go.  The Madison Range is currently sitting at 135% of total snow pack with a moisture content of [...]

By |2017-02-19T17:08:19+00:00February 17th, 2017|Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for January 10th, 2017 Dam: 890 cfs Kirby: 994 cfs      Madison River fishing report.  It’s been a cold and windy Winter here in SW Montana, and many of the surrounding freestones are frozen or a slushy mess for the time being, including the lower portion of the river downstream from 8 Mile Ford.  The good news is that our current snowpack in the Madison Range, as well as throughout the western part of the state, is at or above average despite the lower moisture content.  That said, we still have a long Winter ahead of [...]

By |2017-01-10T21:14:51+00:00January 10th, 2017|Madison River Fishing Report|Comments Off on Madison River Fishing Report