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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/19/2018

May, 19 2018

Reports from the Lower Madison have been decent the last couple of days.  However, the flows were spiked again this morning by another 300cfs. We havent seen the water color since the rise but one would assume that the fishing would be tough today with flows around the 4,000cfs mark.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/16/2018

May, 16 2018

Reports from the Lower Madison have been decent the last couple of days.  The river is green and high but producing fish. Target the banks and the holding water with crayfish, buggers, zonkers, worms and or caddis nymphs and you will find some fish. Folks are still finding dry fly…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/13/2018

May, 13 2018

Color has started pushing through Ennis Lake and clarity has begun to suffer on the lower Madison. It’s not unfishable, but the fishing has been much tougher due to the plummeting water temps. The water temp shock coupled with the cloudy water means that fish are holding tight to the…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/12/2018

May, 12 2018

The Lower Madison is the best choice as far as rivers go right now. The colder temps have slowed down the Caddis a little but the BWO's and March Browns are still very active. Dry Fly fishing has been productive with Baetis emergers and adults, as well as March Brown…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/9/2018

May, 09 2018

The lower Madison Jumped again yestereday afternoon. Flows are currently at 4070 cfs.  The fishing is going to be tough at these flows. This is as high as its been yet this season so the water is brown from all the dirt being washed away on the banks. We would…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/8/2018

May, 08 2018

The lower Madison was a little slower when the flows jumped. The fishing should get better now that the flows are steady at 3,350 CFS today. Water color is a bit brown and not much visibility but still very fishable unless you are directly below cherry creek where the majority…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/6/2018

May, 06 2018

The lower Madison has been fishing on and off depending on who you talk to.  Flows are at 2,490 CFS today. Water color is green but still very fishable unless you are directly below cherry creek where the mud is.  Mothers Day caddis hatch is now in full swing. Last…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/4/2018

May, 04 2018

The lower Madison has been fishing well. Flows are at 2,450 CFS today. Water color is green but still very fishable. Weather looks great for the next 7 days with highs in the 70's. Cherry Creek is dumping in some brown water but nothing crazy yet. Mothers Day caddis hatch…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/29/2018

Apr, 29 2018

The lower Madison has been fishing well. Flows are at 2,250 CFS today. Water color is green but still very fishable.  Cherry Creek is dumping in some brown water but nothing crazy yet. Mothers Day caddis hatch is just now turning on. Be ready with some of your favorite caddis…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/26/2018

Apr, 26 2018

The Lower Madison has been fishing well. Flows are at 2200CFS today. Water color is green but still very fishable.  Cherry Creek is dumping in some brown water but nothing crazy yet.  Any day now the Mothers Day Caddis hatch should start. Be ready for that with some of your…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/23/2018

Apr, 23 2018

The lower Madison has been fishing well. The weather will improve after the rain and snow mix we had last night and today and temps will get up to be 70 degrees on friday. Flows have spiked from around 2,100 to 2,300 cfs today with the precipitation and last few…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/21/2018

Apr, 21 2018

The lower Madison has been fishing well. The weather looks very nice today with some wind and nice weather until monday where we can expect rain and snow mix.  Flows have spiked from around 1700 to 1930 today. On cloudy days we have seen a good amount of Baetis hatching…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/16/2018

Apr, 16 2018

The lower Madison has been fishing well. The weather looks very nice today leading into rain and snow tonight and tomorrow but great weather for the rest of the week.  Flows have fallen a bit to 1750 cfs and the air and water temps have risen so be prepared for…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/12/2018

Apr, 12 2018

Reports from the lower Madison have been mixed the last few days. Flows have risen a bit to 1900 cfs and the air temps have risen, so be prepared for a good amount of precipitation today and tomorrow accumulating to 3-8 inches of snow. On cloudy days we have heard…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/8/2018

Apr, 08 2018

Reports from the Lower Madison have been mixed the last few days. Flows have steadied at 1800 cfs and the weather has improved significantly and looks like high temperatures will be right around 50 degrees for the next few days. These factors could mean hungry fish and hatching aquatic insects.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/6/2018

Apr, 06 2018

Reports from the Lower Madison have been good the last few days. Flows have gone up a bit to around 1700 cfs. If you are out today you are a true fly fisher. The high will only reach 34 degress today with a lot of snow and wind. Conditions look…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/27/2018

Mar, 27 2018

Reports from the Lower Madison have been decent the last few days. Flows have been getting changed back and forth which is making the fishing a little difficult. Depending on the day or the area, the fish can be looking for one or two combos including a Crawdad, San Juan…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/24/2018

Mar, 24 2018

Reports from the Lower Madison have remained mixed the last few days. Flows have increased up to 2140CFS today.  Depending on the day or the area, the fish can be looking for one or two combos including a Crawdad, San Juan Worm, Ray Charles or other Scud/ Sow imitation, Midge…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/17/2018

Mar, 17 2018

Reports have been a little mixed the last few days. It sounds like if you find the program the fish are looking for you can be alright. Depending on the day or the area, the fish can be looking for one or two combos including a Crawdad, San Juan Worm,…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/13/2018

Mar, 13 2018

The Lower Madison has been tough for the last two days.  This high pressure and high sun has made things difficult accross the board. Your best bet would be a nymph rig with a pink scud followed by a midge.  Combinations including a Crawdad, San Juan Worm or a small…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/05/2018

Mar, 05 2018

The Lower Madison is thawed out and clear of ice now. Hopefully we have seen the last of the super cold for the season. Fishing has been very good the last few days and should continue to improve over the next several days as it warms up. Several programs have…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/26/2018

Feb, 26 2018

Its thawed out enough for decent fishing. The lower river below Blacks Ford has been tough, and the best reports have been coming in from the beartrap canyon down to Cherry Creek. Nymphig is best with the usual scud and sowbug patterns, san juan worms, crayfish and midges.

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/20/2018

Feb, 20 2018

This week is going to be on the cold side for the most part. After these last couple of sub zero nights and a couple more to come, the Lower is a little too slushy and icy right now. Just below Ennis dam will be the first fishable spot. Stick…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/19/2018

Feb, 19 2018

The Lower Madison is currently full of slush and ice. Fishing below Ennis Dam will be the best spot to find open water. There won't be much for dry fly fishing until it warms up again, so stick to nymphing with the usual winter patterns. Run your nymph rigs in…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/12/2018

Feb, 12 2018

The recent cold snap has put a slight damper on the fishing. There had been many fish on the flats and tailouts gobbling midges, but the cold has slowed the hatch activity and fish have responded to the cold by retreating back to the buckets. We haven’t had any reports…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/31/2018

Jan, 31 2018

The Lower Madison has continued to fish well. The wind has been the only obstacle lately. Good mid day Midge hatches have given folks a chance at some decent dry fly fishing lately. The fish are eating Clusters as well as Single Adults and Emergers. Nymphing has been consistent with…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/25/2018

Jan, 25 2018

It was a little windy on the lower yesterday but the temps were ok. The biggest improvements we've seen the last several days has been in the Dry Fly fishing. Fish have been rising most afternoons from Black's Ford to Bear Trap. Some days every place you stop will have…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/23/2018

Jan, 23 2018

Afternoon fishing has been good this last week. We've had reports of excellent dry fly fishing with midges on cloudy afternoons. Nymphing has been steady with worms, crayfish and midges. As usual the warmest part of day is best at this time of year.

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/12/2018

Jan, 12 2018

Finally getting some good reports coming in from the lower the last few days with some milder temperatures. The fishing up in Beartrap has been solid on nymphs, especially below the dam. Mostly fishing the deeper runs with general patterns like Prince Nymphs variations followed by a midge pupa pattern.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/6/2018

Jan, 06 2018

Reports from today have been pretty good on the Lower. It sounds like the slush finally cleared out, at least upstream of Blacks Ford. The fish wanted the usual Winter fare today. Pink or Gray Scuds or Sow Bugs and Midge Pupas. Apparently tangerine Eggs had their moments below the…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/2/2018

Jan, 02 2018

The Lower Madison should be very fishable later this week. With warmer temps coming, the slush and ice should clear up nicely. The water around Beartrap will usually be the first to clear up. Pink, Rainbow and Grey Scuds / Sow Bugs paired with a Red or Black Midge Pupa…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/29/2017

Dec, 29 2017

Below Ennis Dam is about the only place to fish on the Lower Madison now. Pink sowbug-scud patterns, midge pupas and possibly some midge dries are the usual go to flies up there. We've been hearing good things about Pink Worms and Crawdads lately.

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/27/2017

Dec, 27 2017

Below Ennis dam is the only place to fish on the Lower Madion now. Pink sowbug-scud patterns, midge pupa and possibly midge dries are the usual go to flies up there. Use a worm or crayfish for a lead fly when nymphing.

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/20/2017

Dec, 20 2017

With a week or so of bitter cold coming our way, the Lower Madison probably won't be an option for a week or so. We are looking at temps dropping in to the negatives to low teens. Even if it gets into the teens the river will probably remain slushy.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/17/2017

Dec, 17 2017

Afternoon fishing has been good this past week with the usual winter nymphing program. Crayfish, san juan worms, midge pupa fished down deep in the slower buckets have been best. It's going to be warm the next couple of days, but high winds are in the forecast. Bitter cold weather…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/10/2017

Dec, 10 2017

The Lower Madison has been a little slushy in the mornings but should clear up by late morning or so. There have been a few reports of scattered pods of fish eating Midges off the surface but it's a Nymph game for the most part. The mid winter patterns seem…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/01/2017

Dec, 01 2017

Reports have been a little tougher since it got cold this week. Midges have been coming off in good numbers, so there is always a chance at some dry fly fishing if the weather cooperates. The usual winter nymphs program is going to be best. Nymphing is best with crayfish,…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/15/2017

Nov, 15 2017

Fishing on the Lower Madison has been decent the last couple of days when the wind isnt blowing.  Fish are stacked up in the slower, deeper holes, and nymphing is going to be the name of the game. Make sure to set the hook on any bump of the strike…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/09/2017

Nov, 09 2017

Fishing was pretty good yesterday now that fish seem to be adjusted to cold water. Fish are stacked up in the slower, deeper holes, and nymphing is going to be the name of the game. Make sure to set the hook on any bump of the strike indicator, as hits…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/02/2017

Nov, 02 2017

Water temps are getting cold which has made the fishing a bit slow the last couple of days. Fish will adjust to the colder water and winter fishing tactics will be the game. Nymphing with the usual crayfish, worms, small baetis or midge nymphs has been best. Winter patterns like…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/01/2017

Nov, 01 2017

Water temps are getting cold which has made the fishing a bit slow the last couple of days. Fish will adjust to the colder water and winter fishing tactics will be the game. Nymphing with the usual crayfish, worms, small baetis or midge nymphs has been best. There have still…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/25/2017

Oct, 25 2017

Another windy day today for the Lower Madison. Im sure the fishing would be tough out there this afternoon unless the winds take the evening off.  The best reports have still been from the dry guys. Streamer fishing and nymphing has been tough.  The bugs havent changed much, a small…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/21/2017

Oct, 21 2017

The fishing has remained tough on the Lower the last few days especially with so much wind. The best reports have been from the dry guys. Streamer fishing and nymphing has been tough.  The bugs havent changed much, a small Micro Mayfly and a Juju Baetis have been working as…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/15/2017

Oct, 15 2017

The fishing has been hit or miss on the Lower Madison the last few days. The bugs havent changed much, a small Micro Mayfly and a Juju Baetis have been working as a trailer behind either a Crayfish, sculpin or a worm. Don't hesitate to try an egg either.  The…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/09/2017

Oct, 09 2017

The fishing has been good on the Lower the last few days.  Small Micro Mayflies and Ju Ju Baetis have been working well as a trailer behind either a Crayfish, sculpin or a worm. Don't hesitate to try an egg either.  The Baetis hatches have been getting a lot of…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/06/2017

Oct, 06 2017

The fishing has stayed good on the "Lower". Crawdads still have a place but small Sculpins and San Juan Worms have been a little more consistent. Small Micro Mayflies and Ju Ju Baetis have been working well as a trailer. The Baetis hatches have been getting a lot of trout…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/04/2017

Oct, 04 2017

The fishing on the Lower Madison has continued to be good the past few days. The best time of the day will be when the temps are at there highest for the day (mid afternoon).  Baetis hatches are going now when the cloud cover is present. The Crayfish, worms and…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/27/2017

Sep, 27 2017

The fishing on the Lower Madison has been great the last few days. Baetis hatches are going now when the cloud cover is present. The Crayfish, worms and sculpins trailed with small bwo type nymphs like micro mays, pheasant tails and baetis nymphs will take most fish. Weeds are breaking…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/23/2017

Sep, 23 2017

The fishing on the Lower Madison has been decent the last couple of days. Baetis hatches should get going now as the terrestrial fishing starts to slow. The Crayfish, worms and sculpins trailed with small bwo type nymphs like micro mays, pheasant tails and baetis nymphs will take most fish.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/15/2017

Sep, 15 2017

Update: The Lower Madison has been removed from Hoot Owl closure.

Baetis hatches should get going now as the terrestrial fishing starts to slow. The Crayfish, worms and sculpins trailed with small bwo type nymphs like micro mays, pheasant tails and baetis nymphs will take most fish. Weeds are breaking…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/11/2017

Sep, 11 2017

The Lower Madison from Ennis Dam to the headwaters has been placed on Hoot Owl Closure due to warm afternoon water temperatures. This means that the river is closed to fishing between 2:00 pm and midnight.

The fishing on the "Lower" has been on or off the last few days.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/6/2017

Sep, 06 2017

The Lower Madison from Ennis Dam to the headwaters has been placed on Hoot Owl Closure due to warm afternoon water temperatures. This means that the river is closed to fishing between 2:00 pm and midnight.

The fishing on the "Lower" has continued to improve lately. There has still been…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/04/2017

Sep, 04 2017

The Lower Madison from Ennis Dam to the headwaters has been placed on Hoot Owl Closure due to warm afternoon water temperatures. This means that the river is closed to fishing between 2:00 pm and midnight.

The Lower Madison has been fishing well when you can stay out of the…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/31/2017

Aug, 31 2017

The Lower Madison from Ennis Dam to the headwaters has been placed on Hoot Owl Closure due to warm afternoon water temperatures. This means that the river is closed to fishing between 2:00 pm and midnight.

The water temps have started to cool off a little the last several days.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/27/2017

Aug, 27 2017

The Lower Madison from Ennis Dam to the headwaters has been placed on Hoot Owl Closure due to warm afternoon water temperatures. This means that the river is closed to fishing between 2:00 pm and midnight.

The water temps have started to cool off a little the last several days.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/21/2017

Aug, 21 2017

The Lower Madison from Ennis Dam to the headwaters has been placed on Hoot Owl Closure due to warm afternoon water temperatures. This means that the river is closed to fishing between 2:00 pm and midnight.

The water temps have started to cool off a little the last several days.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/14/2017

Aug, 14 2017

The Lower Madison from Ennis Dam to the headwaters has been placed on Hoot Owl Closure due to warm afternoon water temperatures. This means that the river is closed to fishing between 2:00 pm and midnight.

The water temperatures have started to look a little better over this past week. …

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 8/7/2017

Aug, 07 2017

The Lower Madison from Ennis Dam to the headwaters has been placed on Hoot Owl Closure due to warm afternoon water temperatures. This means that the river is closed to fishing between 2:00 pm and midnight.

The river is being pulsed out of Ennis Dam to keep water temps down.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/26/2017

Jul, 26 2017

The Lower Madison from Ennis Dam to the headwaters has been placed on Hoot Owl Closure due to warm afternoon water temperatures. This means that the river is closed to fishing between 2:00 pm and midnight.

The river is being pulsed out of Ennis Dam to keep water temps down.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/18/2017

Jul, 18 2017

Update: The Lower Madison from Ennis Dam to the headwaters has been placed on Hoot Owl Closure due to warm afternoon water temperatures. This means that the river is closed to fishing between 2:00 pm and midnight.

The river is being pulsed out of Ennis Dam to keep water temps…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/9/2017

Jul, 09 2017

We are approaching the last couple of days on the "Lower". The water temps didn't drop below 70 yesterday and it doesn't look like there is much of a chance to see a drop in the next several days. If you are dead set on fishing the "Lower" please keep…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/06/2017

Jul, 06 2017

We are approaching the last couple of days on the "Lower". The water temps didn't drop below 70 yesterday and it doesn't look like there is much of a chance to see a drop in the next several days. If you are dead set on fishing the "Lower" please keep…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/05/2017

Jul, 05 2017

The fishing on the "Lower" has been steady the last couple of days. This morning they bumped up the flows to 2450cfs. The weeds are starting to get pretty thick below Grey Cliff and even up a few miles. If you head that way this week remember that the river…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 7/02/2017

Jul, 02 2017

The fishing on the "Lower" has been decent the last few days. Flows are currently at 2200cfs. The weeds are starting to get pretty thick below Grey Cliff and even up a few miles. If you head that way this weekend remember that it is the weekend of the 4th…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/27/2017

Jun, 27 2017

The fishing on the "Lower" has been a little tougher than last week. Flows are currently at 2430cfs.  There has been some decent dry fly action in the early morning and right before dark with caddis. The Brown Drake hatch was one for the books this year but is coming…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/20/2017

Jun, 20 2017

The fishing on the "Lower" has stayed real good lately! The flows have been steady for about three days now at 3230cfs.  A lot of fish are holding tight to the bank still or at least close to structure. The fish have been chowing down on Crawdads, Zonkers and Zirdles…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/18/2017

Jun, 18 2017

The fishing on the "Lower" has stayed real good lately! The flows have been steady for about three days now at 3230cfs.  A lot of fish are holding tight to the bank still or at least close to structure. The fish have been chowing down on Crawdads, Zonkers and Zirdles…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/16/2017

Jun, 16 2017

The fishing on the "Lower" has stayed real good lately. The flows have been up and down the last few days. Flows are currently at 3230cfs.  A lot of fish are holding tight to the bank still or at least close to structure. The fish have been chowing down on…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/12/2017

Jun, 12 2017

The fishing on the "Lower" has stayed real good lately. The flows have been dropping some and the fish are happy. A lot of fish are holding tight to the bank still or at least close to structure. The fish have been chowing down on Crawdads, Zonkers and Small Sculpins…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/09/2017

Jun, 09 2017

The flows on the Lower are at 3920cfs at the moment.  Reoports from the last two days have been good.  Fish have been holding up against the banks.  The most productive program lately has been using a Crawdad, Zonker or Sculpin as the top fly and dropping off a smaller…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/03/2017

Jun, 03 2017

The flows on the Lower have been on the rise all week.  They did another bump today and now flows are at 4220cfs. Reoports have been all over the board but some have been able to make it happen disbite unstable water levels. The most productive program lately has been…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/26/2017

May, 26 2017

The flows on the Lower have been jumping around a little the last day or two but the water seems to staying clean above Cherry Creek. Hopefully it will stay cool enough at night to keep runoff to a minimun. The most productive program lately has been using a Crawdad,…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/24/2017

May, 24 2017

The flows are starting to come up again on the "Lower". So far the river is staying clean but who knows for how long. As the flows pick up, the fish will move to the banks. The most productive program when the river is rising is a Crawdad or Sculpin…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/21/2017

May, 21 2017

Flows are dropping a little for now. The fishing has remained pretty solid the last few days. Dead drifting Crawdads or small Sculpins, along with some flashy Mayfly Nymphs and Caddis Pupas has been a productive program lately. The Streamer fishing has had some good moments lately durring low light…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/12/2017

May, 12 2017

Flows are up around 4000 cfs from todays bump.  We haven't heard if the clarity is still holding today, but more muddy water is on its way.  Anything below Cherry Creek will be muddy for sure.  Fish will be stacked up in the slower water at these flows. Crayfish, worms…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/8/2017

May, 08 2017

Flows are up over 3000 cfs today. We haven't heard if the clarity is still holding today, but muddy water was making its way through Ennis Lake. Fish will be stacked up in the slower water at these flows. Crayfish, worms and flashy nymphs will still catch some fish in…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/6/2017

May, 06 2017

The Lower Madison has been fishing well. The flows will be rising quite a bit in the next several days but it will soon be the only game in town as far as moving water goes. Caddis have been the most productive hatch the last couple of days, but if…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/30/2017

Apr, 30 2017

Flows on the lower have been steady for two days now. The caddis hatch yesterday was good. The best time to be on the water for that has been between 3-6pm. A size 16 black Elk Hair Caddis has been doing the trick.  If you want to nymph I would…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/27/2017

Apr, 27 2017

Flows on the lower have been steady for two days now. Mother's Day Caddis started coming off a few days back. The hatch has been fairly thick the last few evenings but with this weather that came in Im sure it wont be that way this evening. Probably a better…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/23/2017

Apr, 23 2017

Look at that streamflow graph! It will probably shoot straight up as soon as I hilt post on this report! But, flows have been steady, the water is in great shape for both the wade and float angler. Mother's Day Caddis started coming off yesterday on the river around Black's…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/22/2017

Apr, 22 2017

The Lower Madison has been fishing very well the last couple of days. The clarity has been good at least above Cherry Creek. People have been having some pretty good Dry Fly fishing with BWO's and March Brown's. The Nymphing has been consistant with Crawdads, Baetis Nymphs, San Juan Worms…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/19/2017

Apr, 19 2017

Clarity on the lower has been the biggest factor. The river has been mostly green which isn’t a big deal, but he winds up on Ennis Lake has the bottom all stirred up and pushing some color from time to time.  Nymphing has been the best tactic by far. Crayfish…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/13/2017

Apr, 13 2017

The Lower Madison has a little color to it right now but has still been fishing pretty well. Crawdads, Sculpins, San Juan Worms and small Nymphs have all been catching fish lately. Even with the color, we've gotten some good reports about the Dry Fly fishing too. Baetis Emergers and…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/10/2017

Apr, 10 2017

Fishing on the Lower Madison as been good from the reports we have had the last few days. Water color is a little green, but still fishable.  The best fly selections have been a combination of a Stonefly Nymph, midge, San Juan Worm, egg or Crawdad. Also heard of some…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/05/2017

Apr, 05 2017

Fishing on the Lower Madison picked back up a little yeasterday after a few days of tough fishing.  Havent heard anything from today yet.  Water color is a little green, but still fishable.  The best fly selections have been a combination of a Stonefly Nymph, midge, San Juan Worm, egg…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/02/2017

Apr, 02 2017

Fishing on the Lower Madison is a little off at the moment from the reports that we have had.  Water color is green but still fishable.  The best fly selections have been a combination of a Stonefly Nymph, San Juan Worm, egg or Crawdad.  Best part about the lower at…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/24/2017

Mar, 24 2017

The Lower Madison is still pretty off color right now. Reports have continued to be pretty positive though. The best fly selections have been a combination of a Stonefly Nymph, San Juan Worm, or Crawdad. The Streamer bite has been pretty good with some dark colored Sculpins.

Fins & Feathers…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/22/2017

Mar, 22 2017

The Lower Madison is running a little dirty at the moment as a result of winds stirring up Ennis Lake. The fish should still be feeding but it could be a little tougher. Crawdads, Scuds, Sow Bugs, worms, Midge Pupas and general Attractor Nymphs are all working well. You may…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/18/2017

Mar, 18 2017

They dropped the flows a little on the "Lower" yesterday. It shouldn't have any negative effect on the fishing though. The fishing has been very good lately. Crawdads, Scuds, Sow Bugs, Midge Pupas and general Attractor Nymphs are all working well. If you get in the right spots on the…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/10/2017

Mar, 10 2017

They’ve been letting more water out of the dam this week, but with the low water temps the fish will still be holding in the buckets, deeper seams and tailouts. In the top part of the Bear Trap and up by the dam the fish are more spread out. For…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 3/4/2017

Mar, 04 2017

The Lower Madison is in good shape right now. The wind has been an issue lately, but if it doesn't bother you, it can be pretty good. The usual winter patterns are still producing well. Some days they really want a Pink Scud, other days it might be a San…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/28/2017

Feb, 28 2017

The Lower Madison is still ice and slush free. It's been cold but fishable. Midges will start picking up for sure and if it gets warm enough some BWO's should start coming off mid day. Eggs have been starting to work well, as have some larger attractor nymphs like the…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/25/2017

Feb, 25 2017

The Lower Madison will continue to be a solid choice for a while. It looks like we are in for a little cool down for the next week or two. The river shouldn't ice over or even get too slushy. The usual winter fare will continue to work just fine.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/18/2017

Feb, 18 2017

The Lower Madison has still been fishing real well. The wind has been tough to say the least. Despite the wind though, fish have been starting to move around a little and eat a variety of different bugs. The best flies remain to be the San Juan, Pink Lightning Bug…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/15/2017

Feb, 15 2017

The reports from the Lower Madison have been positive. The powers that be did jack up the water a little this weekend and that threw it off for a day or two. Now the wind has been the only detering factor. The dry fly fishing has been gradually picking up.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/10/2017

Feb, 10 2017

Mostly good reports coming in from the Lower Madison with wind being the major factor. Midges are starting to come off in more decent numbers with decent dry fly action. Nymphing has been good with pink scuds or midge pupa trailed behind your favorite worm or crayfish. Smaller streamers and…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 2/05/2017

Feb, 05 2017

The reports from the Lower Madison have been good this weekend. The water was still slushy on Friday but cleared up nice for the weekend. The biggest improvement has been on the dry fly action. Several people mentioned good midge hatches and having several fish eating Clusters on the surface.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/30/2017

Jan, 30 2017

The Lower Madison has continued to fish well durring the warmer afternoons. We have a couple of cold days coming but looks like it should warm up this weekend and into next week. The majority of action has been nymphing the slower water with a combination of Crawdads, Scuds, Sow…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/24/2017

Jan, 24 2017

The "Lower" has been fishing well lately but it looks like we are in for a little cool off early this week and maybe warming up some for the weekend. Stay with the same fly program that's been working. There are a few exceptions but mostly start out with Pink…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/21/2017

Jan, 21 2017

The Lower Madison has been fishing well the last few days. The river is pretty open from the bridge upstream through Beartrap. There are still a few big chunks coming down, but as long as you pay attention you shouldn't have too many issues. The better fly combinations have included…

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