Madison River

Dam: 985 cfs

Kirby: 1,050 cfs

It’s actually been quite pleasant on the Upper Madison for this late in the year, as temps continue to hover between the high 30’s to low 40’s.  We are still doing well with streamers both between the lakes and around Raynold’s pass, but it should start to slow down once water temp drops another couple of degrees.  Nymph fishermen will do best on a variety of midge larva/pupa imitations and egg patterns.  An egg trailing a $3 dip is always a good standby, but black or brown rubber legs are also a good bet this time of year.  You may also encounter pods of fish feeding on midges later on in the day, and a well presented still-borne midge or griffith’s gnat in #18-20 will do you fine around the banks and boulder slicks.  There are plenty of redds out there right now as well (see below), so make sure to steer clear of any shiny spots.

Always walk in front of these…never behind them