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Upper Madison Fishing Report 9/18/2020

Date: 09/18/2020

The upper Madison is great subsurface. Larger trout have been eating much better than they had been in August. Still a few hopper days left to be had with how warm temps have been. After this rain and...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 9/14/2020

Date: 09/14/2020

The upper Madison is still fishing well. Larger trout are starting to eat once again. Still a few hopper days left to be had with how warm temps have been. Hopper dropper rigs will still play a r...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 9/10/2020

Date: 09/10/2020

The upper Madison has slowed a bit especially on the surface. The sold weather put the hoppers down and eats have been few and far between the last few days. Nymphing however, has remained quite effec...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 9/7/2020

Date: 09/07/2020

The upper Madison has been fishing decent. The hopper bite was good the last few days but with the colder weather and rain, I would focus your efforts towards subsurface flies. Nymph a sculpin or a co...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 9/1/2020

Date: 09/01/2020

The upper Madison has been fishing ok. Hoppers are a bit cold and inactive right now after the cold weather. Until then, nymphing buckets has been the most effective with a Shop Vac, Prince Nymph, or ...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/30/2020

Date: 08/30/2020

The upper Madison has been fishing ok. Hopper fishing has been better on warmer and sunnier days so it could be slow the next couple days. Temps warm back up around Tuesday and could provide better su...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/28/2020

Date: 08/28/2020

The upper Madison has been a good option lately. Nymphing or dry dropper rigs have been the most productive with jig flies. Perdigons and Jiggy Princes work well. Hoppers in Pink and Yellow have been ...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/24/2020

Date: 08/24/2020

The upper Madison has been decent. The hopper fishing here has been the most consistent in comparison to some of the other options. Most of the bigger fish have been trickier to catch but this doesn't...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/21/2020

Date: 08/21/2020

The upper Madison has slowed slightly. Big fish do not seem as willing to eat as they had been a week ago. The morning time has been best with double nymph rigs or a hopper-dropper setup. Pheasant Tai...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/19/2020

Date: 08/19/2020

The upper Madison is still fishing great with hoppers. The morning time has been best with double nymph rigs or a hopper-dropper setup. Pheasant Tails, Sparkle pupas, jigged Zebra Midges, & $3 Dollar ...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/17/2020

Date: 08/17/2020

The upper Madison has been fishing well with hopper patterns. The morning time has been best with double nymph rigs or a hopper-dropper setup. Pheasant Tails, Sparkle pupas, jigged Zebra Midges, & $3 ...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/15/2020

Date: 08/15/2020

The upper Madison has still been fishing very well with hoppers. The water temps are good and the trout are happy! In the mornings, nymphing has been the best with a double nymph rig or a hopper-dropp...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/12/2020

Date: 08/12/2020

The upper Madison has been fishing well with hoppers this last week. The water temps are good and the trout are happy! In the mornings, nymphing has been the best with a double nymph rig or a hopper-d...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/10/2020

Date: 08/10/2020

The hopper fishing has been really good on the river the last couple of days. A combination of cool nights, mild daytime highs, and sunny skies has got the fish feeling happy and elevating mid-day thr...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/6/2020

Date: 08/06/2020

Hopper dropper is the name of the game right now. Fish your favorite hopper pattern with a Pheasant tail or Sparkle Pupa below tight to the banks or over buckets here. Fishing should turn on around 10...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/4/2020

Date: 08/04/2020

Hoppers in the afternoon in the middle of the river and on the banks. Throw a flashy dropper such as a Fly Formerly Known as a Prince, Lightning Bug or Crystal $3 Dip to get after the fish that a...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/1/2020

Date: 08/01/2020

Still a little slow in the morning but the hopper bite picks up decently well in the evening. We have yet to reach hot hopper fishing but are expecting it in no time with all of this heat. Ants and be...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/30/2020

Date: 07/30/2020

The upper has fished a bit slower the last few days. Fish are starting to look up for hoppers but the bite is not quite there yet. Ants and beetles are also working to some extent. The tan Blade Runne...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/27/2020

Date: 07/27/2020

The upper has been a good fishing option. The dry fly action has not been grea quite yet. Ants and beetles are working to some extent and fish have been caught on some small hopper patterns. Fishing a...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/25/2020

Date: 07/25/2020

The upper has been fishing well. Ant and beetles are working well and small hoppers are starting to pick fish up here and there. Fish a small tan chubby with a cinnamon ant or your favorite dropper be...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/22/2020

Date: 07/22/2020

The upper has been fishing well. Ants and beetles are starting to make their appearance and hoppers soon to follow. Fish a small tan chubby with a cinnamon or your favorite dropper beneath.  Nymp...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/17/2020

Date: 07/17/2020

Nymphing the upper has been producing the most fish by far. There are a lot of different insects hatching right now so it is important to have a variety. This is a good time to switch patterns up and ...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/16/2020

Date: 07/16/2020

The Upper Madison has been fishing good. The water is getting lower and looks very clear. There are a lot of different insects hatching right now so it is important to have a variety. This is a good t...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/13/2020

Date: 07/13/2020

The Upper Madison has been fishing well. Nymphing has been very productive with a Pat's Rubberlegs, PMD's, and Yellow Sallies. Salmonflies are around the upper walk wade section of the river and Golde...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/10/2020

Date: 07/10/2020

The Upper Madison is nymphing well these days. Dry fly action has only been so-so. The salmonflies are around the upper walk wade section of the river. Dry dropper rigs have been very effective with a...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/5/2020

Date: 07/05/2020

The Upper Madison is still fishing really well. The salmonfly bite continues to move up river and bugs have been seen around Palisades. Dry dropper rigs have been very effective with a chubby on top a...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/3/2020

Date: 07/03/2020

The Upper Madison has been the go to river this week. The salmonfly bite has been decent on the warm sunny days above McAtee. If your not getting fish to eat the big dry fly, drop a caddis pupa or sto...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/3/2020

Date: 07/03/2020

The Upper Madison has been the go to river this week. The salmonfly bite has been decent on the warm sunny days above McAtee. If your not getting fish to eat the big dry fly, drop a caddis pupa or sto...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/1/2020

Date: 07/01/2020

The Upper Madison has been the place to be as of late. The salmonfly bite has been decent on the warm sunny days. During crummy weather, the nymph fishing and streamer fishing has been really good. If...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/28/2020

Date: 06/28/2020

The Upper Madison has been fishing quite well. The salmonflies have been out and about through much of the float stretch. This nasty weather might slow down the salmonfly bite though. However, there a...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/26/2020

Date: 06/26/2020

The Upper Madison started fishing really well just yesterday. The salmonflies have been spotted pretty thick up around Varney Bridge. Throwing a big dry fly like chubbies or salmonfly patterns was wor...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/24/2020

Date: 06/24/2020

The Upper Madison is about to really pop off if we had to guess. The salmonflies have been spotted pretty thick but tomorrow or Thursday the fish should really be on them. Caddis have been around espe...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/21/2020

Date: 06/21/2020

The Upper Madison is showing signs of life -- bug life. A few salmonflies have been spotted, but the hatch hasn't really popped off yet. PMDs are also getting going, as are the caddis. Throwing a big ...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/19/2020

Date: 06/19/2020

The Upper Madison is one of the better options around. The water clarity is good and the flows have dropped to a manageable level. There are some fish rising to caddis, but you might have to work to f...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/16/2020

Date: 06/16/2020

The Upper Madison flows are sitting around 1600 CFS near Cameron. The water still has color to it but has been fishing pretty well. We still haven't heard much for fish coming up to the surface but du...

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/14/2020

Date: 06/14/2020

The Upper Madison has been on a steady drop most of the week and is now leveling off. The river looks great above the West Fork and is looking pretty good in the float section. There isn't much for dr...

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