Madison River

Dam: 942 cfs

Kirby: 994 cfs

Varney: 1,200 cfs

Spring has officially sprung throughout the Madison Valley, and fishing has been heating up all over SW Montana.  The rainbows are starting to make their presence known between Hebgen and Quake, and we are even starting to see a few spawning redds pop up between Cabin Creek and the Dam.  Good reports are coming in from Nymph fishermen that have been doing well with midges, red brassies & copper johns, rainbow warriors, and egg patterns and we’ve been getting into some really nice fish on olive sex dungeons and other sculpin imitations over the last few days (even in 36-37 degree water). We’ve also heard a lot of good reports coming in from below Varney Bridge…while the town access site is still closed, you can still hop out at 8-mile or Burnt Tree, and I would guess that you should be able to take out in town in another week or so the way the snow has been melting down there.  Water temps have been creeping into the upper 40’s in that stretch, and while fish have been actively chasing streamers some days, you’ll probably do the most damage with midges, Pat’s Rubber Legs, baetis nymphs, and egg patterns with enough weight to get right on the bottom.  Look for decent numbers of Skwallas in the weeks to come down there, and make sure to bring you BWO/Midge boxes when the clouds start moving in.  The forecast is calling for highs in the mid fifties with a 30-40% chance of showers for the rest of the week, so try and get out there and enjoy the warm weather while you can..you know it’s not going to last.

Just a reminder that the Madison between Quake Lake & McAtee Bridge is closed until May 18th, as is the section from Ennis Bridge to Ennis Lake