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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.

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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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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/16/2017

Jan, 16 2017

The Lower Madison has been fishing well when the weather allows. We have had some very cold temps lately, so the slush and ice has been an issue most days. We are expecting some warmer temps moving in the next couple of days so that should help. Pink Scuds and…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/13/2017

Jan, 13 2017

The Lower Madison is the best option right now other than the spring creeks. If you find a warm day, the water from Warm Springs up through Beartrap Canyon is in fishable shape. Nymphing is your best bet, think worms, small midge pupas and firebead stuff. There have been a…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/6/2017

Jan, 06 2017

Let face it, it’s cold out there. The fishing opportunities are few a far between. However, if you absolutely have to fish the lower Madison will be your best bet. The last reports are that down by Blacksford the shelf ice is extensive and there are a few very slushy…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/31/2016

Dec, 31 2016

The Lower Madison is going to be a tough go this week. Temps are going to be below zero and single digits until later in the week. There will probably be some fishable water just below Ennis Dam when it warms up a little. Scuds and Midges should work just…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/22/2016

Dec, 22 2016

The Lower Madison is slushy and icy and unfishable today from Beartrap down. There might be some fishable water just below Ennis Dam. Scuds and Midges should work just fine.

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/21/2016

Dec, 21 2016

The Lower Madison should be fishable after yesterdays upper 40 degree temps.  Based off the forcast it looks like this will be a short lived window of oppurtunity.  The best fishing will still be under the dam, but I'm willing to bet that throwing a Pink Scud and a Midge…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/17/2016

Dec, 17 2016

The "Lower" will be pretty tough to fish the next few days. There should be quite a bit of ice and slush coming down for a day or two when the temps rise again. If anything, throwing a Pink Scud and a Midge Pupa around just below the dam for…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/12/2016

Dec, 12 2016

Even though the air temps will be creeping into the 20's, the nights are going to be cold enough to keep plenty of ice and slush coming down the river. We got mixed reports from yesterday. One person said it was slushy and one said it was fine. There should…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/9/2016

Dec, 09 2016

There is lots of slush and also anchor ice on the bottom. Right below Ennis dam would be the best bet for open water. Nymph with worms, midges and eggs.

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/9/2016

Dec, 05 2016

There is lots of slush and also anchor ice on the bottom. Right below Ennis dam would be the best bet for open water. Nymph with worms, midges and eggs.

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/5/2016

Dec, 05 2016

Things are going to get a too cold, icy and slushy for the next several days. The only spot that might stay fishable will be around the springs just below the park boundary.

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 12/2/2016

Dec, 02 2016

Expect some slush in the mornings, especially up in the Beartrap. However, it shouldn’t be cold enough to have slush all day – yet (next week maybe). So, sleep in, eat a big breakfast and head to the river late morning around 10ish…maybe 10:30. Go prepared with an assortment of…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/29/2016

Nov, 29 2016

We've been getting good reports from the Lower Madison the last day or two. The water and air temps stayed ok. Nothing will get going until late morning these days so have an extra cup of coffee and let the roads warm up a little. The water temps will probably…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/26/2016

Nov, 26 2016

Reports from the Lower Madison over Thanksgiving have been real good. A little bit of a streamer bite got a few people excited for sure. Fish have been willing to chase a little late afternoon when the water warms up a little. The nymphing has remained solid. The best results…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/21/2016

Nov, 21 2016

The Lower Madison seems to be fishing fairly well lately. Weeds aren't an issue anymore and neither are the crowds. One thing to think about though is the shuttle situation. No one is doing shuttles right now so be prepared to use a thumb or take two cars. The fish…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/09/2016

Nov, 09 2016

The Lower Madison is fishing very well for this time of year. The bright sun and wind lately have made it hard for the Dry Fly and Streamer guys but the nymphing has been pretty good. Crawdads, San Juan Worms, Baetis Nymphs, Eggs and small Sculpins have all had some…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/05/2016

Nov, 05 2016

The Lower Madison looks great and we have heard a lot of positive reports from Beartrap Canyon. The flows have been stable the last four days or so, and water clarity is good at the moment. Blue Wing Olives are hatching on cloudy days, and nymphing has been good with…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 11/01/2016

Nov, 01 2016

The "Lower" has still been a little off color but fishing decent. We've gotten a couple positive Streamer reports as well as pretty good dry fly fishing. The dry fly action mostly consists of smaller fish eating Baetis along the edges, although the Midge fishing early morning and just befor…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/27/2016

Oct, 27 2016

The Lower Madison has been fishing well the last few days.  People have been catching fish on San Juan Worms, Crawdads and Sculpins as the top fly and dropping off a Zebra Midge or Baetis Nymph. The Firebead Scuds and Sow Bugs have been working pretty well too. With these…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/23/2016

Oct, 23 2016

The Lower Madison is still off color. It's not too dirty to fish but if you have a full day maybe I would consider the Upper or the Park. People have been catching fish on San Juan Worms, Crawdads and Sculpins as the top fly and dropping off a Zebra…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/19/2016

Oct, 19 2016

The Lower Madison is still a little off color but fishable. The flows have been steady the last week or so, so their isn't going to be any debris or anything like that coming down the river but the wind may still have Ennis Lake a little dirty. The fish…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/18/2016

Oct, 18 2016

The Lower Madison is still a little off color but fishable. Fish were eating BWO's on the surface yesterday, even in the wind, so the fish must be looking for them. With the color of the water, nymphing or slowly stripping a Black Bugger or Egg Sucking Leech would top…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/17/2016

Oct, 17 2016

We have heard from a couple folks now that the lower has some color in it today.  This is a result of high winds sturring up Ennis lake.  Fishing is still possible but I would stick to the streamers tell the water clears back up a little.

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/16/2016

Oct, 16 2016

The Lower has been fishing well the last couple days. We have had a hadful of good reports. Fishing has still been bertter in the afternoons. Small Sculpin patterns, Crawdads and San Juan Worms have been great lead flies trailed by a #16-18 Micro Mayfly or Pheasant Tail Nymph. The…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 10/12/2016

Oct, 12 2016

The Lower has been fishing decent the last couple days. Fishing has been bertter in the afternoons. Small Sculpin patterns, Crawdads and San Juan Worms have been great lead flies trailed by a #16-18 Micro Mayfly or Pheasant Tail Nymph. The weeds have been gradually clearing out so the Streamer…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/30/2016

Sep, 30 2016

The Lower is back in our graces this week. Things kind of slowed down at the beginning of the week but have picked right back up the last day or two. Small Sculpin patterns, Crawdads and San Juan Worms have been great lead flies trailed by a #16-18 Micro Mayfly…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/25/2016

Sep, 25 2016

The Lower Madison has been fishing well this week. With the rainy weather there was some good dry fly fishing with small baetis and psuedos in #18-20’s. The streamer bite has also been picking up, and has been a little more doable with the weeds starting to back off a…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/21/2016

Sep, 21 2016

Fishing on the Lower Madison is staying consistant. The Baetis have been hatching well enough lately to give good dry fly opportunities to the patient angler. Sometimes it can be hard to find the larger fish on the surface but fun anyway. The Streamer fishing is picking up as well.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/16/2016

Sep, 16 2016

The lower has been good the past few days. Still seems to be the Crawdad/worm combo that has been doing the trick.  The weeds havent been terrible this week, but present.  A few B.W.O.'s have been around as well as some Mohagany Duns.  A little Baetis Nymph or flashy Midge…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/12/2016

Sep, 12 2016

The lower fished well yesterday. Still seems to be the Crawdad/worm combo that has been doing the trick.  The weeds are still a bit of an issue in several places and the flows are a little low but the fishing has been good. Nothing super technical as far as hatches…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/8/2016

Sep, 08 2016

The temps are coming down nicely on the "Lower" right now. The weeds are still a bit of an issue in several places and the flows are a little low but the fishing has been good. Nothing super technical as far as hatches go yet but there are a few…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/6/2016

Sep, 06 2016

The Lower Madison Hoot Owl restrictions have lifted starting today 9/6.

The "Lower" seems to be getting a little better every day. The weeds are slowly starting to go away and it's getting a little too cool for your average bikini hatch. Hoppers and some Ants have been working for…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 9/3/2016

Sep, 03 2016

The Lower Madison is still on Hoot Owl restrictions. If we get colder like the forecast is calling we may see some of the restrictions lifted after this weekend.

The "Lower" seems to be getting a little better every day. The weeds are slowly starting to go away and it's…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 09/01/2016

Sep, 01 2016

The Lower Madison is getting better every day. The weeds are clearing out nicely and we are expecting a nice cool down starting tomarrow. Hopefully this one will last more than a day or two and the Hoot Owl restrictions can be lifted. The Crawdad and little Nymph combo is…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 08/31/2016

Aug, 31 2016

The Lower fished well yesterday for our guides. The river is still on Hoot Owl restrictions so it isn't an option for all day. Crawdads and small Sculpins trailed by a small Nymph or San Juan Worm is about the best program right now. The pink worm and a soft…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 08/29/2016

Aug, 29 2016

The weeds have started to break loose on the lower.  This will cause some frusturation as it will be hard to keep them off your flies. The river is still on Hoot Owl restrictions so it isn't an option for all day. Crawdads and small Sculpins trailed by a small…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 08/25/2016

Aug, 25 2016

The Lower Madison is becoming a better option as cooler nights have brought the temps down a bit. The river is still on Hoot Owl restrictions so it isn't an option for all day. Crawdads and small Sculpins trailed by a small Nymph or San Juan Worm fished in between…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 08/22/2016

Aug, 22 2016

The Lower Madison is still a pretty good option for an early morning start. The river is still on Hoot Owl restrictions so it isn't an option for all day. Crawdads and small Sculpins trailed by a small Nymph or San Juan Worm fished in between the weed beds is…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 08/17/2016

Aug, 17 2016

The lower remains a good option. The river is still on Hoot Owl, so plan accordingly. Also, since they quit pulsing the flows because of the overall cooler temps, the floating weeds have gotten a lot worse. Be prepared to pull weeds all day, but there will be some nice…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 08/13/2016

Aug, 13 2016

A little bit of colder weather has improved the conditions on the Lower Madison a lot. The flows have been stable this week, and water temps have come down. Nymphing with a crayfish or sculpin pattern followed by flashy beadheads has been working well. Hoppers and ants have also been…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 08/09/2016

Aug, 09 2016

The cooler nights have helped extend the decent fishing for an hour or so in the morning, but still doesn't seam worth staying past 9am or so. The weeds and recreational floaters still make it not really the best place to go out of your way for right now. Remember…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 08/01/2016

Aug, 01 2016

The Lower Madison is still on Hoot Owl Restrictions and isn’t the best option right now with the warm water temperatures and pulse flows coming from the dam.  Fishing super early in the morning can still be productive with small dries, hoppers, or a nymph rig, but avoid fishing during…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 07/28/2016

Jul, 28 2016

The Lower Madison is still on Hoot Owl Restrictions and isn’t the best option right now with the warm water temperatures and pulse flows coming from the dam.  Fishing super early in the morning can still be productive with small dries, hoppers, or a nymph rig, but avoid fishing during…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 07/25/2016

Jul, 25 2016

Hoot Owl closures are still in affect from Ennis Lake down (no fishing between 2pm and midnight). While temps are still on the high side, a combination of a couple cooler nights and daily flow pulsing have temps holding below 70F. Early morning dry fly should be pretty good on…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 07/24/2016

Jul, 19 2016

The Lower Madison continues to be really warm making fishing pretty hard on the fish.  Best bet would be to get out bright and early before the day gets too warm throwing streamer, crawdad or caddis.  Please use a strong tippet and don't fight the fish too long.

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 07/19/2016

Jul, 19 2016

The water temps on the "Lower" are on the rise again. The Hoot Owl restrictions are in place so we can't fish after 2pm any way. The only thing that might be worth doing is streamer fishing for an hour or two at first light. A Crawdad will definately have…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 07/17/2016

Jul, 17 2016

The water temps on the "Lower" are on the rise again. The Hoot Owl restrictions are in place so we can't fish after 2pm anyway. The only thing that might be worth doing is streamer fishing at first light. A Crawdad will definately have some moments also. Please use heavy…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 07/09/2016

Jul, 09 2016

The water temperatures have dropped some on the lower Madison over the last few days, and the flows have been stable. Hoot owl closures are still in effect, meaning the river is closed to fishing from 2pm to midnight. Get out early in the morning for the best fishing, and…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 06/30/2016

Jun, 30 2016

The Lower Madison went on it's annual Hoot Owl Restrictions today. The river is closed daily from 2pm until midnight. It probably isn't the worst thing in the world if we just leave it alone for a while. If you just have to fish it in the morning use heavy…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 06/28/2016

Jun, 28 2016

The Lower Madison is still hanging in there for a little while. The Temps are getting warm in the afternoons but mornings and evenings have been productive. The main hatches have been PMD's, Caddis, Yellow Sallies and still a few Drakes. The dry fly fishing has been productive in the…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 06/25/2016

Jun, 25 2016

The Lower Madison is still fishing ok. The temps are getting a little warm on the hot days but these cool days have been good for the River. PMD's, Caddis and a few Drakes have been the main hatches. Attractors like Trudes, Stimulators, Wulffs and Humpys have been working well…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 06/21/2016

Jun, 21 2016

The Lower Madison is hanging in there. The water temps are staying cool, for the short time any way. We're still getting good reports of PMD's and Green Drakes in the morning along with some Caddis. The Brown Drakes, PMD Spinners and Caddis continue to have fish rising to them…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 06/16/2016

Jun, 16 2016

The Lower Madison has still been fishing great. A ton of insects are hatching daily including PMD's, Caddis, Drakes, Yellow Sallies and Golden Stones. All stages seem to be important depending on the time of day. Nymphing has been decent with Crawdads, Small Sculpins, Mayfly Nymphs and Soft Hackled Caddis.…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 06/13/2016

Jun, 13 2016

The Lower Madison has been fishing well. There have been PMDs out in the mornings, Caddis, Yellow Sallies, and even a few Golden Stones and Drakes. Mornings and evenings have been the best times if you want to fish dries. The nymphing has also been productive with crayfish and a…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 06/10/2016

Jun, 10 2016

The "Lower is still fishing well in the mornings. Salmon Flies and Golden Stones have been hatching so a nice morning with a few fish on large dries can be in the cards for you. PMD's, Caddis, Yellow Sallies and some Drakes all seem to be significant at times as…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 06/09/2016

Jun, 09 2016

Mornings have been good with crayfish, caddis and pmd nymphs all catching fish. There are pmd's and caddis hatching and fish have been up eating the adults during the morning and later in the evening. Hot afternoons have made the fishing a bit tough, so you'll want to be out…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 06/05/2016

Jun, 05 2016

The hatches are getting a little steadier out on the Madison. PMD’s and caddis are think, with some Sallies showing up. On overcast days the dry fly has been better in the late morning. However, if the suns out then try nymphing in the buckets with the usual suspects. Crayfish,…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 06/01/2016

Jun, 01 2016

The "Lower" came up a couple hundred cfs yesterday but reports stayed positive and the river stayed clean. Best reports were from people nymphing with a Crawdad, Zonker or small Sculpin trailed by a PMD Emerger, Caddis Emerger or Yellow Sallie Nymph. The PMD hatch is just getting going as…

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Lower Madison Fishing Report 05/30/2016

May, 30 2016

Thanks to the semi steady temperatures flows have been pretty stable the last few days. The water isn't as high as it was on Tuesday and there is more and more clarity as the flows stay stable. Crayfish, worms, and soft hackle nymphs are still the name of the game.…

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