Madison River

Dam: 851 cfs

Kirby: 1,010 cfs

The Madison continues to fish well up high, but the water has warmed up a little bit below Varney bridge.  Caddis and PMDs have been the name of the game throughout the morning, with the hatches starting around 9:00 a.m and lasting until around noon.  When the wind has cooperated, fish have been looking up, and we’ve been doing well on size 16 PMD parachutes and tan X-caddis trailing sparkle pupas, Iris Caddis, soft hackle hare’s ears, and PMD emergers.  If it gets a little too blustery out there, put on the bobbers, and you should be rewarded– some of our best patterns have been olive sparkle pupas, PMD Barr’s Emergers, copper johns, #18 red lightning bugs, $3 dips, Caddis larva, and various midges.  The big stoneflies are gone, but there are still TONS of yellow sallies out there, which have been providing some good dry fly action during the afternoons.  The small terrestrial bite is just getting going up here, with ants and beetles being your best bet right now, but we have been getting a few good fish to take a look at a hopper every now and again.  Attractor fishing has been day to day, but small royal stimulators, PMXs, and just good old parachute adams have been taking some nice fish during the afternoon lulls.    The evenings continue to be the best dry fly fishing action at the moment.  Fish seem to be getting on the caddis between 6:30 and 7:00 pm, and the Epeorus spinner falls have been taking over about 45 minutes before dark.  Streamer fishing has been good early and late, but its been pretty tough throughout the rest of the day.