Madison River Fishing Report for June 7th, 2016
Dam: 714 cfs
Kirby: 1,400 cfs
Varney: 2,750 cfs
Madison river fishing report. The Upper Madison is still fishing very well these days, and the clarity remains at roughly three feet and green above the West Fork. That is likely to change very soon, as Beaver creek has been pumping chocolate milk into Quake for the better part of four days now and Cabin is still putting in a dirty olive stripe between the lakes. The West Fork of the Madison is still running brown as well, and the stripe seems to be mixing evenly around seven miles downstream, so Lyon’s to Palisades is pretty much your best bet if you decide to do the float stretch this week. The fishing in the wade section between Quake and Lyon’s has been best with nymphs and streamers, but we have had some pretty decent dry fly fishing around 10:30 a.m. on BWO and caddis emergers right in the film. While the nymph fishing has been good to excellent depending on the day, it has certainly become a lot more technical since the water cleared up last week. While you may get some good fish on worms and stonefly nymphs, the best fishing we’ve had have been on smaller nymphs in the size 16-18 range. Hydropsyche larva, BWO nymphs and emergers, #18 $3 dips in black and brown, and WD-40’s have been the heavy hitters for us this week, and the best fishing seems to be between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 in the afternoon. I know that we’ve been preaching this a lot over the last month, but be sure to keep changing up your bugs until you figure out what they are keyed in on because it seems to be a little different each day. The most consistent thing seems to be the caddis larva bite in the mid morning to early afternoon hours as well as BWO emergers around 9:30 in the morning. With the warmer water temps over the last couple of weeks, we are still finding plenty of fish out on the faster seams and pockets in addition to the slower buckets and insides along the bank, so make sure to cover all available holding water when you’re out there. Streamer fishing has also been good throughout the upper 15 miles, and we have been doing best on olive and white conehead barely legals, boogie men, peanut envys, and sex dungeons in olive, natural, and yellow. Be sure to keep checking back for another Madison River fishing report from the Slide Inn.