Madison River Fishing Report for June 6th, 2022

Dam: 382 cfs

Kirby: 1,010 cfs

Varney: 1,970 cfs

The Upper Madison has been fishing well over the last week, and we have continued to receive some much needed moisture all across the region.  The river is still very fishable above Palisades but it gets a little dirty once you get between Pal and Ruby…visibility in Ennis today was under a foot and brown.  We are currently sitting at 2.5′-3′ of visibility above the West Fork of the Madison, and flows out of Hebgen are still very low as Northwestern Energy continues their effort to fill the reservoir by the end of the month.  Right now the lake is over 89% full and we think there is enough water still to come in order to fill it.

Nymphs and streamers are still the name of the game, and will continue to be until the river starts to clear in 2-3 weeks.  Pat’s Rubber Legs, San Juan Worms, Squirmy Worms, Caddis Larva, Baetis Nymphs, and Purple Lightning Bugs have been some of our top producers since our last report, and there have even been a few fish rising to BWOs on occasion.  Just make sure that you have enough split shot to get your flies on the bottom and you should do well out there.  Streamer fishing has also been very good in the Upper sections, although we also had 2-3 very good days below Varney last week when the river dropped back into shape.  Olive Peanut Envys, Black and Olive Dungeons, Double Screamers, White Silk Kitties, and Yellow Dungeons have been some of our better patterns as of late and fish have been more than willing to chase them at a pretty good clip.

As always, please watch your step and pay attention to where you drop your boat anchor as there are lots of spawning redds out there.  If you do encounter cleared gravel it is always better to walk