Madison River Fishing Report

madison river fishing report 05-22-2019

Madison River Fishing Report for May 22nd, 2019

Dam: 1,260 cfs

Kirby: 1,640 cfs

Varney: 2,080 cfs

It’s been cold and wet on the Upper Madison over the last week, and the cooler temperatures have slowed much of the melt from the surrounding creeks as a result.  As the inflow into Hebgen has decreased, so has the outflow and we are currently sitting around 1,650 cfs above the West Fork and just over 2,000 cfs around town.  These are great flows for this time of year, as we are usually too high and dirty to do any floating below Lyon’s  by the third week in May.  Visibility in the upper wade stretch is around 3 feet and green, and most of the mud being dumped in by the West Fork isn’t completely mixed until you get to Palisades.  Clarity is just fine around Ennis as well, particularly for throwing nymphs and streamers.

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Madison River Fishing Report

madison river fishing report 5-10-2019

Madison River Fishing Report for May 10th, 2019

Dam: 1,500 cfs

Kirby: 1,670 cfs

Varney: 2,040 cfs

The Upper Madison continues to fish extremely well, and it appears that we may have turned a corner today, as highs in the sixties and seventies are in the forecast for at least the next week.  That should definitely get the creeks going, and I think it’s safe to say that our Spring runoff is just around the corner. We have seen the West Fork of the Madison and Cabin/Beaver Creeks putting in some dirty water over the last five days but the colder nights have prevented them from really getting going.  A little color is never a bad thing though, and the upper portions of the river will continue to fish through the rise as long as it comes up gradually.

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