The lower Madison flows have been right around 2,000 cfs for the last few days. So far the water has had good visibility and pretty solid fishing. The water dirtys up a bit below Cherry creek but that hasn't slowed the fishing terribly. I would expect flows to bump again after these next couple days of hot weather but that is up to the folks who control the Dam below Ennis. Nymphing has been good with Lightning Bugs, San Juan worms, crayfish, Woolly Buggers, Perdigons, Yellow Sally nymphs, and sowbugs/scuds. Streamer fishing has been hit or miss with some really solid windows fishing a Bow River Bugger or a Sculpzilla in black/olive. Dry fly fishing hasn't been crazy consistent but if you search with your fly for a little bit these trout will eat a Chubby Chernobyl in Peacock, Gold, and Purple in the smaller sizes. Caddis fishing has been ok but I would expect it to be a little better with these warmer, longer evenings.
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The lower Madison River is considered to be the Madison River from below Ennis Lake, downstream to the headwaters of the Missouri River. This section of the Madison flows through the Beartrap Wilderness Area in a narrow gorge characterized by some serious whitewater and difficult access. Once the river leaves the Beartrap Canyon, the river dramatically changes character, becoming wider with a seemingly gentle flow all the way to Three Forks, where it joins the Jefferson River and Gallatin River to form the Missouri River.