Madison River Fishing Report for June 16th, 2019
Dam: 1,100 cfs
Kirby: 1,850 cfs
Varney: 2,940 cfs
The Upper Madison has been fishing well these days and we are currently sitting at roughly 2 feet of visibility and green above the West Fork. We should start to see a little rise in water levels over the next few days as afternoon thunderstorms have been producing a pretty decent amount of rain in the valleys as well as in the mountains. I wouldn’t be surprised if they start to increase flows out of Hebgen by the weekend either, as the lake is 94% full with more rain on the way and we will keep you updated as conditions start to change.
The upper wade stretch is fishing very well with nymphs and streamers these days, and san juan worms, olive caddis larva, black midges, darker BWO nymphs, and black three dollar dips have been our most consistent producers lately. With the warmer water temps we are seeing fish starting to get into heavy water and seams so don’t neglect the bigger buckets and pockets out there. The float section has also been fishing well during a time period that is historically more difficult to do so. Big Pat’s Rubber Legs, Worms, Caddis Larva, Lightning Bugs, and Prince Nymphs have been getting it done under the indicator and the flows and visibility are also great for throwing some bigger streamers. Sex Dungeons, Boogie Men, Silk Kitties and other larger profile streamers have been getting some nice fish off the banks and some of our better colors have been black, olive, natural, and yellow. All the access points are good to go but please use caution if you decide to float between Lyon’s and Palisades, as Sun West and Wolf Creek Bridges are not something you want to get pinned against right now. Both are passable as long as you don’t go under Wolf Creek on the left side…stay center or right and you’ll be fine as long as you are an experience rower.