Madison River

Dam: 861 cfs

Kirby: 948 cfs

Varney: 1,160 cfs

Fishing has been good on the Upper Madison this week, as we continue to bask in the incredibly warm October weather.  Midges and Baetis nymphs are still producing most of the action below the surface, and we are seeing quite a few BWOs emerging anytime between 11:30 am and 2:30 pm.  As far as the tug is concerned, streamer fishing has been excellent in some sections and a lot tougher in others…The action between the lakes and from Palisades to McAtee has been pretty slow, but the bite below Varney has more than made up for it.  This has been one of the better Octobers for streamer fishing that we have seen in a long time in the lower stretch, and now is a good time to get in on the tail end of it before the spawn is in full effect. Also worth mentioning is that the wade section between Quake and Lyon’s has been a lot better over the last few days than what we saw last week.  We’ve been doing best on big, articulated patterns in black, olive, and white.  While we haven’t seen a ton of fish digging between Quake and Hebgen yet, we are seeing more spawning redds every day throughout the rest of the upper river so please watch your step out there.