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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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Lower Madison Fishing Report 6/3/2018

Jun, 03 2018

The Lower Madison dropped a bit again yesterday and last night and is now flowing at 5,190 cfs. Reports have remained pretty positive considering the conditions of late. I think other than certain spots though, a boat is probably a better option than not. Crawdads and Worms seemed to be…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/30/2018

May, 30 2018

The Lower Madison dropped a tiny bit again yesterday. The flow coming out of Ennis Lake is now under 6000cfs. Reports have remained pretty positive considering the conditions of late. I think other than certain spots though, a boat is probably a better option than not. Crawdads and Worms seemed…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/29/2018

May, 29 2018

The Lower Madison dropped a tiny bit yesterday and reports were pretty good. I think other than certain spots a boat is probably a better option than not. Crawdads and Worms seemed to be the best combination, although Sculpins fished slow caught fish as well as some attractor nymphs like…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/28/2018

May, 28 2018

The Lower Madison is up a little from yesterday. The flowes are now up to 6500cfs. The good news is that it shouldn't get too much worse. Floating will probably be the best option for a little while but either way black Sculpins and red San Juan Worms might work…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/27/2018

May, 27 2018

The Lower Madison is getting tougher by the day. Flows came up agin this morning and are now at 5,710cfs. Apparently visibility went down from yesterday.  Northwestern Energy is currently flushing the river to remove sediment build up. This is going to start at Hebgen Dam but the more water…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/25/2018

May, 25 2018

The lower continues to offer the best moving water option - for the moment. Things are going to change heading into the weekend though. Northwestern Energy is preparing to “flush” the river to remove sediment build ups. This is going to start at Hebgen Dam but the more water they…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/23/2018

May, 23 2018

The lower continues to offer the best moving water option - for the moment. Thing are going to change heading into the weekend though. Northwestern Energy is preparing to “flush” the river to remove sediment build ups. This is going to start at Hebgen Dam but the more water they…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 5/22/2018

May, 22 2018

Reports from the Lower Madison have been decent the last couple of days.  However, the flows were spiked again this morning by another 380 cfs. We havent seen the water color since the rise but one would assume that the fishing would be tough today with flows around the 4,380…

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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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