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Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for August 5th, 2020 Dam: 1,170 cfs Kirby: 1,320 cfs Varney: 1,650 cfs It’s been a hot one out there over the last week, with daytime highs consistently bringing the mercury up into the low 90’s but the Upper Madison continues to fish well through it all.  Luckily the forecast is calling for temperatures dropping back into the low to mid 80’s starting this week which should make for much pleasant afternoons.  We saw another bump in flows out of the dam in order to help cool the river off and we are now sitting at [...]

By |2020-08-06T02:38:20+00:00August 6th, 2020|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for July 23rd, 2020 Dam: 974 cfs Kirby: 1,190 cfs Varney: 1,520 cfs The Upper Madison has been fishing well lately, and we finally got a little bump in the flow out of Hebgen last week due to increasing daytime temperatures.  Things are definitely not as consistent as what we saw during the first two weeks of July, but that usually happens as we start to transition from fishing a wide variety of aquatic insects to a smaller percentage of caddis and spinners and then into terrestrials.  The best window of fishing seems to be from [...]

By |2020-07-23T18:49:41+00:00July 23rd, 2020|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for July 1st, 2020 Dam: 622 cfs Kirby: 1,020 cfs Varney: 1,680 cfs The Upper Madison continues to fish well throughout its entirety, and the dry fly fishing in the wade section with caddis and PMDs has been particularly good over the last week. Despite low flows out of Hebgen, we are still sitting above 1,000 cfs above the West Fork with the lower river hovering between 1,600 and 1,800 cfs which are still great water levels for this river.  We should start to see the flows increased later this week as Hebgen Lake is getting [...]

By |2020-07-01T22:30:20+00:00July 1st, 2020|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for June 19th, 2020 Dam: 804 cfs Kirby: 1,330 cfs Varney: 2,090 cfs The Upper Madison has been fishing very well lately. Flows have been dropping out of the dam each day as NW Energy is trying to get to full pool by the end of the month, but the creeks are still putting in enough water to compensate for it and keeping the banks fishy in the float section.  The river is gin clear in the upper wade section, with the West Fork still putting in a small stripe of dirty water down the left [...]

By |2020-06-19T23:04:08+00:00June 19th, 2020|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for June 5th, 2020 Dam: 2,410 cfs Kirby: 3,260 cfs Varney: 4,300 cfs Flows on the Upper Madison continue to rise and we should start to see them level off once it hits 3,500 cfs at the Kirby Gauge above the West Fork.  Floating under Sun West and Wolf Creek Bridges is still a no go, so you don’t want to put a boat in at Lyon’s Bridge until we start to see water levels get below 2,700 cfs (or lower if you are in a high sided boat/raft).  Visibility is around 8″-10″ above the West [...]

By |2020-06-05T15:55:24+00:00June 5th, 2020|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for May 24th, 2020 Dam: 1,090 cfs Kirby: 1,380 cfs Varney: 1,820 cfs The Upper Madison is still fishing very well this May, and we are just getting into our Spring runoff around here.  Last week we saw a steady amount of rain which brought the river up and got the creeks flowing again.  However, as is commonly the case during Memorial Day weekday, colder weather and snow in the mountains seized up the flows from the West Fork of the Madison and Cabin, Beaver, and Indian Creeks.  With the forecast calling for highs in the [...]

By |2020-05-24T23:58:41+00:00May 24th, 2020|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for May 13th, 2020 Dam: 1,060 cfs Kirby: 1,420 cfs Varney: 1,790 cfs The Upper Madison has been fishing well this month, and temperatures have been nice and cool in the evenings to prevent a premature, full-scale runoff for the time being.  We definitely have a little more color in the water than we are used to seeing this time of year, as we tend to get the first plug of mud through Quake between the third and fourth week in May historically speaking.  That said, the forecast is calling for highs in the sixties and [...]

By |2020-05-14T16:10:02+00:00May 13th, 2020|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River, Montana, Fishing Report for March 20th, 2020 Dam: 963 cfs Kirby: 1,030 cfs Varney: 1,160 cfs It’s been a crazy week out there ladies and gentleman.  Lots of instability and fear going around these days but we will get through the hard times and this too shall pass. The good news is that there’s no better place to distance yourself from all the stress and anxiety of life than on a river, and you could do worse than spend an afternoon on the Upper Madison these days.  If you can’t make it here do yourself a favor and [...]

By |2020-04-07T15:13:18+00:00March 20th, 2020|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River, Montana, Fishing Report for March 5th, 2020 Dam: 870 cfs Kirby: 948 cfs Varney: 1,080 cfs The Upper Madison has been fishing well over the last several weeks, and it looks like we are on a little bit of a warming trend after a cold start to February.  Around this time last year we were still buried in snow and enduring sub zero temperatures, and yet the highs for this weekend are supposed to be in the 50’s.  As a result, people have already started putting their ski boots away for the year and trading them out for [...]

By |2020-04-07T15:15:23+00:00March 5th, 2020|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments

Madison River Fishing Report

Madison River Fishing Report for January 31st, 2020 Dam: 900 cfs Kirby: 994 cfs Fishing on the Upper Madison has been good this January, and temperatures have been relatively mild for the most part.  Some folks have been taking advantage of the nicer weather and floating recently, as most of the boat ramps from Windy to Town have been accessible.  That could certainly change here shortly, as the forecast is calling for a decent amount of snow starting on Sunday and throughout the following week. […]

By |2020-01-31T21:12:33+00:00January 31st, 2020|Madison River Fishing Report|0 Comments