Lower Madison
Lower Madison

Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/19/2019

Mar, 19 2019

The Lower Madison is thawed out and fishing pretty well. Below Warm Springs watch out for floating ice. The usual winter fare including scuds, sowbugs and midge pupas will still be most productive. Crawdads and sculpins will start to be more effective in the next week or so. There will…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/13/2019

Mar, 13 2019

The Lower Madison is thawed out and fishable from the dam to warm springs access. Below warm springs was still pretty unfishable yesterday. The fishing will start to get real good these next few days as we continue to warm up a little more. The usual Winter fare including Scuds,…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/11/2019

Mar, 11 2019

The Lower Madison still will be tough to fish with the shelf ice and chunks floating down the river. It should warm up a bit tomorrow. We will just need a few warmer days to improve the river conditions. San Juan Worms, scuds, sowbugs and midge pupas will all be good choices for…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/5/2019

Mar, 05 2019

The Lower Madison is pretty icy and slushy. It should warm up a bit for tomorrow and Thursday looks like it will be very warm compared to what we have seen. San Juan Worms, scuds, sowbugs and midge pupas will all be good choices for nymphing when temperatures are back…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/28/2019

Feb, 28 2019

The Lower Madison is pretty icy and slushy. It looks like it will stay very cold for the next week or so. San Juan Worms, Scuds, Sow Bugs and Midge Pupas will all be good choices for nymphing when temperatures are back up. There could be an odd Midge hatch once in…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/25/2019

Feb, 25 2019

The Lower Madison is pretty icy and slushy. It looks like it will stay very cold for the next week or so. San Juan Worms, Scuds, Sow Bugs and Midge Pupas will all be good choices for nymphing when temperatures are back up. There could be an odd Midge hatch once in…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/20/2019

Feb, 20 2019

The Lower Madison is pretty icy and slushy. IT looks like it will remain a little on the cold side for the next week or so. San Juan Worms, Scuds, Sow Bugs and Midge Pupas will all be good choices for nymphing. There could be an odd Midge hatch once…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/18/2019

Feb, 18 2019

The Lower Madison looks like it will remain a little on the cold side for the next week or so. San Juan Worms, Scuds, Sow Bugs and Midge Pupas will all be good choices for nymphing. There could be an odd Midge hatch once in a while worthy of throwing…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/14/2019

Feb, 14 2019

The Lower Madison looks like it will remain a little on the cold side for the next several days. A few mid afternoon hours below Ennis Dam could be in store though. San Juan Worms, Scuds, Sow Bugs and Midge Pupas will all be good choices for nymphing. There could…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/11/2019

Feb, 11 2019

High temperatures on the Lower Madison will be back up to the mid 30's the next few days. Slush and ice will still be an issue. The Livingston Spring Creeks or maybe just below Ennis Dam will probably be the best options. Pink stuff, midges, and attractor nymphs like pheasant tails,…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/6/2019

Feb, 06 2019

With temperatures barely reaching double digits the next several days, slush and ice will be an issue. The Livingston Spring Creeks or maybe just below Ennis Dam will probably be the best options.

Fins & Feathers is a full-service Bozeman fly shop and Montana fly fishing outfitter. Lower…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/4/2019

Feb, 04 2019

With temperatures barely reaching double digits the next several days, slush and ice will be an issue. The Livingston Spring Creeks or maybe just below Ennis Dam will probably be the best options.

Fins & Feathers is a full-service Bozeman fly shop and Montana fly fishing outfitter. Lower…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/2/2019

Feb, 02 2019

The Lower Madison has been one of the best fishing rivers recently. Weather will be taking a turn for the worst these coming few days. Nymphing has been the most reliable method of catching fish. Top choices include a rainbow czech, scud, sow bug or worm, trailed by your favorite…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/25/2019

Jan, 25 2019

The Lower Madison has been one of the most consistent and best fishing rivers recently. The temperatures are starting to rise a little and the days are getting a little longer. The Trout seem to be enjoying it. Nymphing has been the most reliable method of catching fish. Top choices…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/19/2019

Jan, 19 2019

The Lower Madison is a great choice for a nearby fishing option and has been fishing pretty darn well. The temperatures are starting to rise a little and the days are getting a little longer. The Trout seem to be enjoying it. Nymphing has been the most reliable alot of…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/15/2019

Jan, 15 2019

The Lower Madison is a great choice for a nearby fishing option. The temperatures are starting to rise a little and the days are getting a little longer. The Trout seem to be enjoying it. Nymphing has been the most reliable alot of days. Top choices include a Rainbow Czech,…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/9/2019

Jan, 09 2019

The Lower Madison is a great choice for a local option. The temperatures are starting to rise a little and the days are getting a little longer. The Trout seem to be enjoying it. Nymphing has been the most reliable alot of days. Top choices include a Rainbow Czech, Scud,…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/8/2019

Jan, 08 2019

The Lower Madison has been fishing very well overall. The weather looks very nice starting tomorrow with high temperatures in the 40's. Nymphing has been most productive with czech nymphs, sow bug or scud patterns and midge pupas. The dry fly fishing has been pretty good on warmer windless days. Fishing to risers with…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/4/2019

Jan, 04 2019

The Lower Madison will likely have slowed down slightly after the frigid temps. The weather looks very nice going into the weekend with high temperatures around 40 degrees. Nymphing has been most productive with czech nymphs, sow bug or scud patterns and midge pupas. The dry fly fishing has been pretty good…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/31/2018

Dec, 31 2018

The Lower Madison will likely have slowed down with this frigid weather. Expect very cold conditions again tomorrow and then high temperatures back around 35 on Wednesday. Nymphing has been most productive with czech nymphs, sow bug or scud patterns and midge pupas. The dry fly fishing has been pretty good…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/28/2018

Dec, 28 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well the last few days. High temperatures will be back up to around 35 degrees this weekend but accompanied with some snow. Expect high temps to only get into the teens on Monday. Nymphing has been most productive with czech nymphs, sow bug or scud patterns…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/26/2018

Dec, 26 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well the last few days. High temperatures will be back down into the 20's this week. Nymphing has been most productive with czech nymphs, sow bug or scud patterns and midge pupas. The dry fly fishing has been pretty good on warmer windless days. Fishing to risers…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/23/2018

Dec, 23 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well the last few days. High temperatures will be back down into the 20's this week. Nymphing has been most productive with czech nymphs, sow bug or scud patterns and midge pupas. The dry fly fishing has been pretty good on warmer windless days. Fishing to risers…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/21/2018

Dec, 21 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well the last few days. High temperatures will be up around freezing this weekend. Nymphing has been most productive with czech nymphs, sow bug or scud patterns and midge pupas. The dry fly fishing has been pretty good on warmer windless days. Fishing to risers with a midge…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/19/2018

Dec, 19 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well the last few days and should continue to improve this week. High temperatures will be up around 40 degrees Thursday and Friday which should thaw out some ice and minimize slush. Watch out for high winds on Wednesday. Nymphing has been most productive with…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/17/2018

Dec, 17 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well the last few days and should continue to improve this week. High temperatures will be up around 40 degrees this week which should break up some of the ice and minimize slush. Watch out for high winds on Wednesday. Nymphing has been most productive…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/15/2018

Dec, 15 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well the last few days and should continue to improve over the next several. Nymphing has been most productive with Czech nymphs, Sow Bug/ Scud patterns and Midge pupas. The dry fly fishing has been improving. Fishing to risers with a Midge cluster or…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/13/2018

Dec, 13 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing pretty well in the afternoons recently. Fishing slow moving deeper holes has been most productive as the majority of the fish are holding in this water now. Fishing a nymph will be the best bet throughout the winter. Hares ears and pheasant tails have been…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/11/2018

Dec, 11 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing pretty well in the afternoons recently. Fishing slow moving deeper holes has been most productive as the majority of the fish are holding in this water now. Fishing a nymph will be the best bet throughout the winter. Hares ears and pheasant tails have been…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/8/2018

Dec, 08 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing pretty well in the afternoons recently. Fishing slow moving deeper holes has been most productive as the majority of the fish are holding in this water now. Fishing a nymph will be the best bet throughout the winter. Hares ears and pheasant tails have been…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/6/2018

Dec, 06 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing pretty well in the afternoons recently. Fishing slow moving deeper holes has been most productive as the majority of the fish are holding in this water now. Fishing a nymph will be the best bet throughout the winter. The Zirdle and Dead Drift Craw have…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/4/2018

Dec, 04 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing pretty well in the afternoons recently. Fishing slow moving deeper holes has been most productive as the majority of the fish are holding in this water now. Fishing a nymph will be the best bet throughout the winter. The Zirdle and Dead Drift Craw have…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/2/2018

Dec, 02 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing pretty well in the afternoons recently. Fishing slow moving deeper holes has been most productive as the majority of the fish are holding in this water now. Fishing a nymph will be the best bet throughout the winter. The Zirdle and Dead Drift Craw have…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/30/2018

Nov, 30 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing pretty well in the afternoons recently. Fishing slow moving deeper holes has been most productive as the majority of the fish are holding in this water now. Fishing a nymph will be the best bet throughout the winter. The Zirdle and Dead Drift Craw have…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/28/2018

Nov, 28 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing pretty well in the afternoons recently. Fishing slow moving deeper holes has been most productive as the majority of the fish are holding in this water now. Fishing a nymph will be the best bet throughout the winter. The Zirdle and Dead Drift Craw have…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/26/2018

Nov, 26 2018

Flows on the lower have been adjusted slightly and are now at 1560 cfs. Light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work fine fished at about 4 to 5 feet from the indicator. Fishing slow moving deeper holes has been most prouctive as the majority of the fish are…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/23/2018

Nov, 23 2018

Flows on the lower have been steady and are now at 1540 cfs. Light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work fine fished at about 4 to 5 feet from the indicator. Fishing slow moving deeper holes has been most prouctive as the majority of the fish are holding…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/19/2018

Nov, 19 2018

Flows on the lower have been steady and are now at 1450 cfs. Light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work fine fished at about 4 to 5 feet from the indicator. Fishing a nymph will be the best bet throughout the winter. The Zirdle and Dead Drift Craw…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/16/2018

Nov, 16 2018

Flows on the lower have been steady and are now at 1650 cfs. Light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work fine fished at about 4 to 5 feet from the indicator. Fishing a nymph will be the best bet throughout the winter. The Zirdle and Dead Drift Craw…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/14/2018

Nov, 14 2018

Flows on the lower have been dropped slightly and are now at 1650 cfs. This should not effect the fishing. BWO's are pretty much done for the season so if you see rising fish they will likely be looking for midges. Light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/12/2018

Nov, 12 2018

Flows on the lower have been bumped up slightly and are now at 1790 cfs. BWO's are nearly done for the season so if you see rising fish they will likely be looking for midges. Light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work fine fished at about 4…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/10/2018

Nov, 10 2018

Flows on the lower have been steady at around 1650 cfs. BWO's are nearly done for the season so if you see rising fish they will likely be looking for midges. Light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work fine fished at about 4 to 5 feet from the…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/8/2018

Nov, 08 2018

Flows on the lower have been steady at around 1650 cfs. BWO's are nearly done for the season so if you see rising fish they will likely be looking for midges. Light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work fine fished at about 4 to 5 feet from the…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/5/2018

Nov, 05 2018

Flows on the lower have been bumped back up and are now up to 1650 cfs. BWO's are active daily and fish will be looking for them when it is overcast. If the fish aren't willing to rise, light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work fine fished at about…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/3/2018

Nov, 03 2018

Flows on the lower have been dropped back down and are now up to 1480 cfs. BWO's are active daily and fish will be looking for them when it is overcast. If the fish aren't willing to rise, light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work fine fished…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/1/2018

Nov, 01 2018

Flows on the lower have been dropped slightly and are now up to 1600 cfs. BWO's are active daily and fish will be looking for them when it is overcast. If the fish aren't willing to rise, light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work fine fished at about…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/30/2018

Oct, 30 2018

Flows on the lower have been bumped slightly the last few days and are now up to 1640 cfs. BWO's are active daily and fish will be looking for them when it is overcast. If the fish aren't willing to rise, light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/28/2018

Oct, 28 2018

Flows on the lower have barely been adjusted and are now up to 1550 cfs. BWO's are active daily and fish will be looking for them when it is overcast. If the fish aren't willing to rise, light nymph rigs including crawdads, sculpins and baetis nymphs should work fine fished at…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/25/2018

Oct, 25 2018

Flows on the lower have barely been adjusted and went from 1500 cfs to 1520 cfs. Attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's should be active daily and fish will be looking for them when it is overcast. If the fish aren't willing to rise, light…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/22/2018

Oct, 22 2018

Flows on the lower have not been adjusted for the last few days and are riding steady at 1500 cfs. Attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's should be active daily and fish will be looking for them when it is overcast. If the fish…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/20/2018

Oct, 20 2018

Flows on the lower have not been adjusted for the last few days and are riding steady at 1500 cfs. Attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's should be active daily and fish will be looking for them when it is overcast. If the fish…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/17/2018

Oct, 17 2018

Flows on the lower have not been adjusted for the last few days and are riding steady at 1500 cfs. Attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's should be active daily and fish will be looking for them when it is overcast. If the fish…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/15/2018

Oct, 15 2018

Flows on the lower have not been adjusted for the last few days and are riding steady at 1500 cfs. Attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's should be active daily and fish will be looking for them when it is overcast. If the fish…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/12/2018

Oct, 12 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well and the weeds are almost no longer a factor. Flows on the lower have not been adjusted for the last few days and are riding steady at 1500 cfs. Attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's should be…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/9/2018

Oct, 09 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well and the weeds are almost no longer a factor. Flows on the lower have not been adjusted for the last few days and are riding steady at 1500 cfs. Attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's should be…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/7/2018

Oct, 07 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well and the weeds are finally breaking up. Flows on the lower have come down a ways from the increase a few days ago. Attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's should be active daily and fish will be…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/5/2018

Oct, 05 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well and the weeds are finally breaking up. Flows on the lower were increased yesterday and still look to be going up. This increase in flows might have slowed down the fishing until the water starts to decrease. Attractor dries will still be important…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/2/2018

Oct, 02 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well and the weeds are finally breaking up. Attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's should be active daily and fish will be looking for them when it is overcast. If the fish aren't willing to rise, light nymph rigs…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/29/2018

Sep, 29 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well and the weeds are finally breaking up. Attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's should be active daily and fish will be looking for them when it is overcast. If the fish aren't willing to rise, light nymph rigs…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/27/2018

Sep, 27 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well and the weeds are finally breaking up. Weather will be one of the warmer of the next few days but the high temperatures will be hanging out around 50 degrees after this. Attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/23/2018

Sep, 23 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well and the weeds are finally breaking up. Weather will be cool again today with some rain and a pretty overcast next few days. Beetles, ants, and attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's will be active on overcast…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/20/2018

Sep, 20 2018

Flows on the Lower Madison are at 1,490 cfs which is a slight bump and water temps are down to 57 degrees. Weather will be cool again today but highs back in the 70's and Friday and Saturday.  Beetles, ants, and attractor dries will still be important on the warmer…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/16/2018

Sep, 16 2018

Flows on the Lower Madison are at 1,410 cfs which is a slight bump. Weather will be nice with high temperatures in the mid 70's and sunny but will cool down significantly and bring some precipitation Wednesday.  Beetles, ants, and attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/13/2018

Sep, 13 2018

Flows on the Lower Madison are at 1,330 cfs and very steady water temperatures have still been good. Weather will be nice with high temperatures down around 70 degrees and partly couldy the next few days.  Beetles, ants, and attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/9/2018

Sep, 09 2018

Flows have been at 1590 cfs and very steady water temperatures have still been good. Weather will be nice but high temperatures will be down around 70 degrees starting Tuesday. Beetles, ants, and attractor dries will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's will fill in on the…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/7/2018

Sep, 07 2018

Flows have been at 1590 cfs and the water temp has not reached higher than 64 degrees. Weather will be nice but high temperatures will reach the mid 80's for the next few days. Hoppers, beetles and ants will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's will fill…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/4/2018

Sep, 04 2018

Flows have been increased to 1600 cfs and the water temp has not reached higher than 64 degrees. Weather this week will be nice but high temperatures will reach the mid 80's by thursday and friday. Hoppers, beetles and ants will still be important on the warmer days and BWO's will…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/30/2018

Aug, 30 2018

 Flows have been increased to 1510 cfs and the water temp is down to 60 degrees. Don't expect highs over 80 degrees this week. Weeds are still an issue and the recreational floaters will still be around on the warmer afternoons but we won't be hurting the trout anyway. Hoppers,…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/28/2018

Aug, 28 2018

The water temps on the Lower Madison have been dropping nicely and the weather is going to help us out with that a lot this week. Flows have been increased to 1790 cfs and the water temp is down to 60 degrees. Don't expect highs over 80 degrees this week.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/25/2018

Aug, 25 2018

The water temps on the Lower Madison have been dropping nicely and the weather is going to help us out with that a lot this week. Don't expect highs over 80 degrees and be ready for rain if you head out monday. Weeds are still an issue and the recreational…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/23/2018

Aug, 23 2018

The water temps on the "Lower" have been dropping nicely. Weeds are still an issue and the recreational floaters will still be around on the warmer afternoons but we won't be hurting the trout anyway. Hoppers, Beetles and Ants will still be important on the warmer days and B.W.O.'s will…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/20/2018

Aug, 20 2018

Even though there are no "Hoot Owl" restrictions on the Lower Madison, fishing should be kept to early morning and probably upstream in Beartrap where there is more oxygen in the water. Streamers and Hoppers should work. Below Warm Springs access, the recreational floaters take over in the afternoon and…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/18/2018

Aug, 18 2018

Even though there are no "Hoot Owl" restrictions on the Lower Madison, fishing should be kept to early morning and probably upstream in Beartrap where there is more oxygen in the water. Streamers and Hoppers should work. Below Warm Springs access, the recreational floaters take over in the afternoon and…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/15/2018

Aug, 15 2018

It’s mid-August and no “Hoot Owl” on the lower Madison. All thanks to a slightly above normal snowpack and a normal runoff. Fishing has been good. Dry fly with hoppers and beetles has been the best. Nymphing is also good but the weeds are pretty bad right now, so be…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/14/2018

Aug, 14 2018

The Lower Madison is not the best option right now. The water has remained warm. This stresses the fish, increases weed growth and attracts recreational floaters. If you fish here, try the early morning in Bear Trap Canyon when water temperatures are at their lowest. The fish will be more…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/12/2018

Aug, 12 2018

The Lower Madison is not the best option right now. The water has remained warm. This stresses the fish, increases weed growth and attracts recreational floaters. If you fish here, try the early morning in Bear Trap Canyon when water temperatures are at their lowest. The fish will be more…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/9/2018

Aug, 09 2018

The Lower Madison is not the best option right now. The water has remained warm, at or above 70-degrees for some time now. This stresses the fish, increases weed growth and attracts recreational floaters. If you fish here, try the early morning when water temperatures are at their lowest. Sculpin…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/6/2018

Aug, 06 2018

The Lower Madison is not the best option right now. The water has remained warm, at or above 70-degrees for some time now. This stresses the fish, increases weed growth and attracts recreational floaters. If you fish here, try the early morning when water temperatures are at their lowest. Sculpin…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/2/2018

Aug, 02 2018

The Lower Madison is not the best option right now. The water has remained warm, at or above 70-degrees for some time now. This stresses the fish, increases weed growth and attracts recreational floaters. If you fish here, try the early morning when water temperatures are at their lowest. Sculpin…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/31/2018

Jul, 31 2018

The Lower Madison is not the best option right now. The water has remained warm, at or above 70-degrees for some time now. This stresses the fish, increases weed growth and attracts recreational floaters. If you fish here, try the early morning when water temperatures are at their lowest. Sculpin…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/27/2018

Jul, 27 2018

The Lower Madison is not the best option right now. The water has remained warm, at or above 70-degrees for some time now. This stresses the fish, increases weed growth and attracts recreational floaters. If you fish here, try the early morning when water temperatures are at their lowest. Sculpin…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/23/2018

Jul, 23 2018

The Lower Madison is not the best option right now. The water has remained warm, at or above 70-degrees for some time now. This stresses the fish, increases weed growth and attracts recreational floaters. If you fish here, try the early morning when water temperatures are at their lowest. Sculpin…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/20/2018

Jul, 20 2018

There are better options than the Lower Madison right now as water temperatures have peaked at above 70-degrees for a week. The flows have been up and down, ranging from 1600 to nearly 3000 cfs some days. The warm water makes fishing tough -- dawn might be your best bet…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/17/2018

Jul, 17 2018

The Lower Madison is starting to slow down a little. The water temps are beginning to get warm, the weeds are starting to get bad and by mid afternoon the tubers take over. Even with this, we have heard some excellent reports. Crawdads and flashy nymphs like Lightning bugs are…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/13/2018

Jul, 13 2018

The Lower Madison is starting to slow down a little. The water temps are beginning to get warm, the weeds are starting to get bad and by mid afternoon the tubers take over. Crawdads and flashy nymphs like Lightning bugs are good to start the day, some folks are starting…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/11/2018

Jul, 11 2018

The Lower Madison is starting to slow down a little. The water temps are beginning to get warm, the weeds are starting to get bad and by mid afternoon the tubers take over. Crawdads and flashy nymphs like Lightning bugs are good to start the day, some folks are starting…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/7/2018

Jul, 07 2018

The Lower Madison has continued to fish well with nymphs, dry flies and small streamers. PMDs and Yellow Sallies have been out during the day, with caddis and a few lingering Brown Drakes being the bugs du jour in the evening. Fish have also been rising to Chubby Chernobyls, which…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/4/2018

Jul, 04 2018

Flows this morning are sitting at 2,220 cfs. Overcast skies and a setting sun have brought fish to the surface, where they have been eating a variety of insects. Trout seem to be keying in on Yellow Sally stoneflies during the day both the nymphs and dry flies, this is…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/2/2018

Jul, 02 2018

Fishing has been back and forth on the Lower Madison the last few days. Flows this morning are sitting at 1,850 cfs. Overcast skies and a setting sun have brought fish to the surface, where they have been eating a variety of insects. Trout seem to be keying in on…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/28/2018

Jun, 28 2018

Fishing has been back and forth on the Lower Madison the last few days. Flows this morning are sitting at 2,730 cfs. Overcast skies and a setting sun have brought fish to the surface, where they have been eating a variety of insects. Trout seem to be keying in on…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/25/2018

Jun, 25 2018

Fishing has remained consistent on the Lower Madison, even with the ranging water flows. It's now down to 3,630 cfs and fish are still sitting near the banks. Weather looks to be great through wednesday with highs around 80 degrees and partly cloudy. Overcast skies and a setting sun have…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/22/2018

Jun, 22 2018

Fishing has remained consistent on the Lower Madison, even with the ranging water flows and inclement weather. It's still above 4,000 cfs, which has pushed the fish back toward the banks.  Overcast skies and a setting sun have brought fish to the surface, where they have been eating a variety…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/20/2018

Jun, 20 2018

Fishing on the Lower Madison has been back and forth the last couple of days. They have been bringing up the flows for the last 6 days now.  Flows are now at 4,070 cfs and the water color is a little off.  It looks like the weather is finally going…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/18/2018

Jun, 18 2018

Fishing on the Lower Madison was decent at best yesterday afternoon.  Flows are now at 2,830 cfs and water clarity looks really nice. Expect more rain and thunderstorms today and tomorrow. The weed beds are becoming more exposed and are holding a lot of fish right now. As the flows…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/17/2018

Jun, 17 2018

Fishing on the Lower Madison has been pretty darn good and should get even better in the upcoming days. Flows are now at 2,790 cfs and water clarity looks really nice. Expect more rain and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday. The weed beds are becoming more exposed and are holding a…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/13/2018

Jun, 13 2018

Fishing on the Lower Madison has been pretty darn good and should get even better in the upcoming days. The weed beds are becoming more exposed and are holding a lot of fish right now. As the flows drop, more fish will start to move away from the banks mid…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/11/2018

Jun, 11 2018

Fishing on the Lower Madison continues to improve as the water level drops and visibility increases. Underwater weed beds are now visible! As of Monday morning flows are down to 3,500 cfs. This is still high, but much lower than we've seen in weeks. Fish are still concentrated along the…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/9/2018

Jun, 09 2018

The Lower Madison is on the drop and fishing well! Flows today at 11am are at 3,930 cfs, which is the first time they have dropped below 4k cfs for the last couple of weeks. Reports have been good and the fish have been happy. Rods have been bent throughout…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/7/2018

Jun, 05 2018

Fishing on the lower has improved a lot over the last couple of days. A combination of lower and stable flows, cooler nights and better water clarity has the fish feeding hard. Nymphing is the best option right now. Rigs with larger sculpins, bugger and crayfish with caddis emergers, mayfly…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/5/2018

Jun, 05 2018

The Lower Madison dropped a bit again two days ago and has now been steady at 4,700cfs for over 24 hrs.  Dispite low visibility, the river fished well yesterday. The best bug yesterday for my boat was a soft hackle Pheasant Tail.  Other flies that did the trick were worms,…

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