Madison River

Dam: 1,030 cfs

Kirby: 1,190 cfs

Fishing has been a little “iffy” on the ol’ Upper Madison these days.  One day the hopper fishing is great, and the next day its just plain brutal.  Ants and beetles have been a little more consistent, but still far from on fire.  Most of our bugs are done for the season, but you can still find a few caddis and epeorus spinners above Raynold’s in the evenings.  Nymphing small baetis nymphs (yes baetis in August) and midges in the morning has been the way to go, especially in the wade section, and we’ve been throwing on the terrestrials and attractors in the afternoons with mixed results.  Streamer fishing has really picked up over the last two weeks, and it should only get better with the rains and cloud cover moving in over the next few days.  We are still seeing a ton of mutant stones throughout the float section as well, and twitching chernobyls and #8-10 Morrish Hoppers can be a really effective way to catch fish up top during periods of low light.