Madison River

Dam: 1,140 cfs

Kirby: 1,200 cfs

Varney: 1,320 cfs

Not much has changed on the Upper Madison since the last report, but we are definitely starting to see more in the way of Nocturnal stones and spruce moths below Lyon’s Bridge.  That being said, the morning dry bite has still been good with chubbys, purple hazes, rusty spinners, and caddis all being good bets until the water warms up in the afternoon.  The morning streamer fishing has also been a good option over the last few days, with olive and black sculpin patterns and olive/white barely legals being some of our better color combinations. When water temps start to climb into the upper sixties, you will do a whole lot better running the indicator and we’ve been doing the most damage on $3 dips, caddis pupa, eperous emergers, and Pat’s rubber legs.  Evening caddis and spinner falls are still a good bet in the wade section above the West Fork from around 7:30 until dark, but I wouldn’t be in a big rush to get out there any sooner than that.  It looks like PPL is pulsing the river once again, so expect flows to rise steadily over the next few days as they are trying to cool off the lower river below Ennis Dam.