Madison River

Dam: 1,010 cfs

Kirby: 1,250 cfs

Varney: 1,610 cfs

Things have definitely slowed down a little bit up here, but I guess that’s what we get for having such an exceptional June and July.  Mornings and evenings have been far more productive than the afternoon, and we still have a good number of Epeorus and Caddis popping, with a few PMDs and yellow sallies thrown into the mix.  However, some days we’re just not seeing the bugs like the day before, and you’d think with everything coming off late this year that the caddis activity would be in full swing…this has not been the case.  One day you’ll see tons of caddis coming off in the morning, and the next day you’ll be staring at the water scratching your head– it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I guess if we understood everything that was going on down there it would take away a lot of the magic.  Nymphing has been the way to go– PMD and Caddis emergers in the morning, and small attractors, midges, and dips in the early afternoon.  Spruce Moths have been going for a few days now around the West Fork and below Lyons Bridge, and we’re finally starting to see fish getting after them.  Hoppers and small terrestrials are just starting to get going in the float section, but we are seeing more and larger hoppers below Palisades…should be just a matter of time before they start plopping down from the river’s edge.  We’ve been getting some good thunderstorms in the afternoon this week, and streamer fishing has really picked up once the clouds have moved in, but don’t be afraid to throw some junk in the bright sun as well.