Madison River

Dam: 1,390 cfs

Kirby: 1,990 cfs

Varney: 3,230 cfs

The Madison is about as good as you’re going to see right now, with ample amounts of water and healthy trout holding in it…Visibility is just about perfect. Salmonflies, goldens, yellow sallies, and caddis are going OFF and bringing fish up to the surface in numbers.  The big bugs are between McAtee and the Slide at the moment, and fish have been taking both nymphs and dries with consistency.  If the wind dies down, even for just a couple of minutes, we have seen some great flights, and the fish seem to be taking notice.  We’ve been doing really well in the mornings nymphing rubberlegs, caddis larva/pupa, midges, and general attractors, and the dry fly fishing has been spectacular once the sun warms up the water a little bit.  Evening caddis have been around for a couple of weeks, but the surface action started about five days ago, and it should only continue to get better…well into August.  Streamer fishing has been good to excellent, and olive peanut envys seem to be top gun for the time being.  There’s really not much more we can say…I think the fishing out there right now is worth at least another 1,000 words, but it should speak for itself once you’re on the river,