Madison River

Dam: 1,010 cfs

Kirby: 1,240 cfs

Varney: 1,640 cfs

The Upper Madison continues to fish exceptionally well, and the dry fly fishing has truly been some of the best we’ve seen in recent years.  There are still a few isolated patches of salmon flies below Palisades, but the majority of the hatch is now between Windy Point and Quake Lake…you’ll find much of the same with regards to golden stones as well, but there are still plenty of yellow sallies throughout the Upper.  There have been more than enough Caddis, PMDs, Flavs, and Epeorus to keep trout looking up throughout the day, and small attractor patterns like stimulators and wulffs have filled in the gaps.  The indicator bite has been impressive as well, and anglers have been doing best on a variety of caddis and pmd emergers, as well as yellow sally nymphs and serendipities in various colors and sizes.  Streamer fishing has been about the only tough method of taking fish, but you will still get into some quality fish if you decide to string up the big stuff after 8:00 p.m. of so.