Madison River

Dam:  1,120 cfs

Kirby: 1,390 cfs

Varney: 1,870 cfs

Its been a very busy July over on the Upper Madison, and even though the bulk of the stoneflies are gone, we are still in the midst of an awful lot of bugs over here.  Caddis, PMDs, Epeorus, and Yellow Sallies are in full swing, but the fish seem to be choosing which day to look up at random…some days have definitely been better than others, but the nymphing has made up for it when they aren’t looking up.  There are still quite a few goldens hanging around between the West Fork and Wolf Creek, and even a few salmonflies, which seem to be taking flight around 1:00 p.m. if the wind isn’t keeping them in the willows.  We should also start to see the nocturnal stones scurrying around here within a week or two, and the warmer temperatures seem to be bringing more and more hoppers down to the water’s edge in search of green grass…..that could start any day now.

Streamer fishing has been pretty solid throughout the Upper River as well…even in the bright sun.  We do have a 20-40% chance of showers over the next three days, so if the sky does turn to black don’t hesitate to put something big and ugly on and start huntin’.  We’ve been taking some really quality browns and rainbows on double screamers, Nancy Ps, Peanut Envys, and Barely Legals as of late, and it should only get better when the clouds move in over the next couple of days.