Madison River

Dam: 421 cfs

Kirby: 713 cfs

Varney: 1,200 cfs

The Madison is running a little lower than usual for this time of year, as PPL has been holding back flows out of the dam in order to fill Hebgen Reservoir, but the fishing has been excellent this week throughout the Upper river.  The wade section between Quake and Lyon’s Bridge has fished very well with caddis larva, midges, $3 dips, and yellow sally nymphs…most of the action has been sub surface, but we should start to see bugs popping in good numbers any day now. The float stretch below Lyon’s Bridge has been a completely different story, and the river has come alive with caddis over the last week–We are even starting to see yellow sallies crawling below Windy Point.  We also received confirmation last night that Salmonflies have taken flight just above 8-mile Ford, so expect to see good numbers of everyone’s favorite big bug around Varney Bridge tonight or tomorrow.  Long story short…this river is about to explode.