Madison River

Dam:  963 cfs

Kirby: 1,020 cfs

The Upper Madison continues to fish very well with nymphs, but so far the dry fly fishing has been a little slower than we’ve seen over the last couple of years.  One reason for the lack of heads can be summed up in a word: Wind.  While the forecast is calling for strong gusts through Friday night there is a little light at the end of the tunnel, as some much needed cloud cover and snow is expected to envelop the Madison valley over the weekend.  There have also been less hatches as well.  That’s not to say that there aren’t enough to get a good pod of fish looking up on most days, but it is far from the incredible hatches we saw during the Winters of 2013 and 2014.  When they have been eating up top you can count on it between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and a well presented still born midge, cdc midge, or griffith’s gnat in #18-20 is usually all you need to know.  We still have another month and a half to go up here, so hopefully things will start to get rolling as the month progresses.   If nymph fishing is more your style, then you should have no problem getting a bend in the rod right now.  Small Olive Hare’s Ears, zebra midges, $3 Dips, and stonefly nymphs are still taking good numbers of fish in the deeper holes and slow edges of the Upper Madison.