United States
45° 53' 36.0744" N, 111° 31' 12.5652" W
Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

The big news for the Madison is that the entire river is now open all year. If I had my choice of places to fish this week, that is where you would find me. The stretch above Reynolds Bridge has been great. Lots of midges and the fish are eating them! A #18 Griffith Gnat will work very well for you. There is not much snow over there but the river is low so keep that in mind if you’re wanting to float.

We still have a great selection of sale items in the shop so stop in if you’re in the area. Also we have a few guides chomping at the bit to get out and do a little rowing. A trip this time of the year is 495.00 and in my mind a guide trip this time of the year is a great experience so give us a call and we will do the rowing for you!

Average: 3 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 81-90 F

Fishing Conditions

With the weather conditions constantly changing so is the fishing. The warm days are producing good dry fly fishing with a variety of flies such as hoppers and stimulators. Purple Hazes and Adams variations are great to have with you this time of year for fishing mayflies. The water temps are getting closer and closer to the 50 degree mark which will make nymphing and streamer fishing better and better. Over the past week we have had the nymphing with stoneflies pick up. Delektables and Rubberlegs are two good flies for your nymph rigs. Streamer fishing has been the toughest method as of late. Too many clear, sunny days. Bust out the steamer box on the off weather days when you have cloud cover.

Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Parachute Adams: 12-18 Extended Body BWO: 12-18 Thorax BWO: 12-18 Comparadun BWO : 12-18 Wild Turkey Baetis: 12-18 Pulled Over Baetis: 14-18 Tilt Wing BWO & PMD Quigley's Cripple BWO & PMD: 12-18 PMD Comparadun 14-18, Challenged PMD 16-18, X-Caddis 14-18

Nymphs| Rubber Legs 6-12; 14-16 Red Copper John; Purple Lightning Bugs 16; San Juan Worm: 6-8-10 Delektable Purple Hurless: 6-8-10 Mr Rubberlegs Hares Ear: 6-8 Mega Pheasant Tail: 6-8 Turds: 6-8-10 Copper Johnson Red: 16-18-20 Mustang Sally: 16-18 Red Belly Yukbug: 2-4-6, Sillvey's Edible Emerger Olive 12-16, Bead Cased Caddis 12-16, Crawling Caddis Green 12-16.

Streamers| Hairy Sculpin Brown & Olive: 2-4 Bow River Bugger Whiteface Blackie: 4-6 Fathead Yellow, White: 2 Sex Dungeon Rust, Yellow, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Black: 2 Conehead JJ Special: 2-4 Home Invader Yellow, White: 2 Zonkers Black, Olive, Natural/Copper: 4-6, Double Screamer Streamer Olive/Black: 2 Circus Peanut Olive: 2 Sculpzilla Black, Dark Olive: 4-8  

Average: 4 (1 vote)
Weather: Sunny Air Temperature: 61-70 F

The Upper is dropping by the day and fishing has been outstanding.  Water temperatures are slowly climbing and fish are beginning to move into some faster water from the inside corners and slicks where they have been for a few weeks.  Focus your efforts on slow inside corners, slicks behind rocks and the bank seams but also look for the faster water adjacent to the soft water and the heads of riffles.  Salmonflies are now on the water along with some caddis.  Nymphing large stone flies with smaller attractor nymphs is the most productive method day in and day out but this is also a great time to chase big fish on huge dry flies.  Dry fly fishing has continued to improve as an assortment of aquatic insects are making their daily appearance. - See more at: http://www.montanaangler.com/montana-fishing-report/madison-river-report...