Madison River Fishing Report for July 1st, 2020
Dam: 622 cfs
Kirby: 1,020 cfs
Varney: 1,680 cfs
The Upper Madison continues to fish well throughout its entirety, and the dry fly fishing in the wade section with caddis and PMDs has been particularly good over the last week. Despite low flows out of Hebgen, we are still sitting above 1,000 cfs above the West Fork with the lower river hovering between 1,600 and 1,800 cfs which are still great water levels for this river. We should start to see the flows increased later this week as Hebgen Lake is getting close to full pool.
Salmonflies and Golden Stones can be found from Windy Point to Varney and they should start to move up into the wade section by this weekend once it starts to warm up again. You can also find plenty of Caddis, PMDs, Yellow Sallies, and even a few green drakes out there, so there are plenty of opportunities for the dry fly angler if you aren’t having luck with the big bug.
Nymph fishing has been good to excellent as well. Pat’s Rubber Legs, Caddis Larva, FFKA Prince, Yellow Sally Nymphs, Perdigons, Dips, and Caddis Pupa have all been good producers lately. We are finding fish back in their summer holding areas so don’t neglect the faster seams and pay attention to the middle of the river during the heat of the day.