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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/15/2018

Aug, 15 2018

The Monument and Wigwam fires in the Gravelly Range have been pumping a lot of smoke into the valley. Warm days this smoke has been mostly lifting when things warm up.

The upper Madison is fishing well deep into summer. The cold water coming out of…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/14/2018

Aug, 14 2018

Flows on the upper Madison are at 1,290 cfs and riding real steady. Great for fishing. Weather looks even better. Nice and cool for about a week. Hopper City. Pick your favorite hopper pattern and drag it along the banks. Or fish it in the mid-river riffles, you'll be surprised…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/12/2018

Aug, 12 2018

Hopper City. Pick your favorite hopper pattern and drag it along the banks. Or fish it in the mid-river riffles, you'll be surprised what you'll find. And ants. Flying Ants. Size 14 and 16 in black and cinnamon. Spruce Moths are out, too. They're thickest in the upper portion of…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/9/2018

Aug, 09 2018

The Upper Madison continues to fish great. Flows are currently at 1,450 cfs and riding steady. Multiple hatches are occuring throughout the day and terrestrials are falling into the water as well. Try drifting a hopper along the banks or matching the hatches of Mayflies, Caddis or Spruce Moth's. Have some…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/6/2018

Aug, 06 2018

The Upper Madison continues to fish great. Flows are currently at 1,450 cfs and riding steady. Multiple hatches are occuring throughout the day and terrestrials are falling into the water as well. Try drifting a hopper along the banks or matching the hatches of Mayflies, Caddis and Yellow Sallies. Have some…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/2/2018

Aug, 02 2018

The Upper Madison continues to fish great. Flows are currently at 1,570 cfs and riding steady. Multiple hatches are occuring throughout the day and terrestrials are falling into the water as well. Try drifting a hopper along the banks or matching the hatches of Mayflies, Caddis and Yellow Sallies. Have…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/31/2018

Jul, 31 2018

The Upper Madison continues to fish great. Multiple hatches are occuring throughout the day and terrestrials are falling into the water as well. Try drifting a hopper along the banks or matching the hatches of Mayflies, Caddis and Yellow Sallies. Have some Rusty Spinners and crippled/ emerger Caddis to feed…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/30/2018

Jul, 30 2018

The Upper Madison continues to fish great. Multiple hatches are occuring throughout the day and terrestrials are falling into the water as well. Try drifting a hopper along the banks or matching the hatches of mayflies, caddis and Yellow Sallies. Have some Rusty Spinners and crippled caddis to feed the…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/27/2018

Jul, 27 2018

The Upper Madison continues to see significant hatches and cool water. It seems the repairs to Hebgen Dam were worth it. Fish can be caught on top throughout the day. Pay close attention to mayfly spinner falls, as these are about the easiest surface meal for trout and can be…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/23/2018

Jul, 23 2018

It's a bug factory out there. Caddis, mayflies and stoneflies are all making appearances. If you're looking for numbers, nymph a lightning bug, serendipity or other small attractor pattern. Multiple hatches are occuring at once, so try a few different flies until you f what the fish are keying on.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/20/2018

Jul, 20 2018

The Upper Madison continues to fish well with cold, steady flows coming out of the bottom of Hebgen Dam. Fishing in the mornings and evenings have been most productive, especially for throwing dry flies. Spinner falls have brought fish to the surface in the mornings. Try a Rusty Spinner in…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/17/2018

Jul, 17 2018

The Upper Madison is a great choice right now. The flows have been steady and cold at 1,920 cfs. Weather will be hot and sunny the next few days with some scattered thunderstorms today. Their are plenty of hatches and the fish are happy. Stoneflies are still important in the…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/13/2018

Jul, 13 2018

The Upper Madison is a great choice right now. The flows have been steady and cold at 1,850 cfs. Weather will be hot and sunny the next two days but significantly cooler on sunday. Their are plenty of hatches and the fish are happy. Stoneflies are still important in the…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/11/2018

Jul, 11 2018

The Upper Madison is a great choice right now. The flows have been steady and cold. Their are plenty of hatches and the fish are happy. Stoneflies are still important in the areas around $3 Bridge and Reynold's Pass. PMD's, Caddis, Green Drakes and Yellow Sallies are hatching from Hebgen…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/4/2018

Jul, 04 2018

The flows on the upper Madison are now at 1,960 cfs. The weather in Ennis is very nice for the second half of the week, expect ahigh of 90 degrees by Friday. The salmonfly hatch is starting to subside and we are seeing the majority of the bugs above Varney.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/2/2018

Jul, 02 2018

The flows on the upper Madison are now at 1,870 cfs and continually dropping. The weather in Ennis is a bit cooler tomorrow with a high of only 65 and partly cloudy but by Friday expect a high of 90. The salmonfly hatch is starting to accelerate, both upsteam and…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/29/2018

Jun, 29 2018

The salmonfly hatch is starting to accelerate, both upsteam and in numbers. Fish were looking up more for the adults as the week progressed, so have fun chucking the biggest flies in your box. The caddis fishing has been steady in the evenings. If they are not taking the standard…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/25/2018

Jun, 25 2018

Thebugs have been spotted. A few adult salmonflies were flapping around just upstream of Ennis on the Upper Madison Friday. The fishing was good with big Pat's Rubberlegs subsurface. A few fish were looking up for the largest aquatic insect that will hatch in our area this year. This is…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/22/2018

Jun, 22 2018

THE bugs have been spotted. A few adult salmonflies were flapping around just upstream of Ennis on the Upper Madison Friday. The fishing was good with big Pat's Rubberlegs subsurface. A few fish were looking up for the largest aquatic insect that will hatch in our area this year. This…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/20/2018

Jun, 20 2018

The Upper Madison is and has been on the rise for the last five days now. Flows out of the Hebgen Dam have been increased and the rain keeps coming.  The flows are now at 3,580 cfs at Cameron.  Reports have been good from the Slide to the West Fork.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/18/2018

Jun, 18 2018

The Upper Madison is and has been on the rise for the last two days now as a result of all this rain. The flows are now at 2,770 cfs at Cameron.  Reports have been good from the Slide to the West Fork. Fishing on saturday around town was so…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/17/2018

Jun, 17 2018

The Upper Madison is clearing up and fishing well. The flows are now at 2,320 cfs at Cameron. Monday and Tuesday look like they will be wet and stormy. Reports have been good from Slide to the West Fork and improving below the West Fork. There have been several species…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/15/2018

Jun, 15 2018

The Upper Madison is clearing up and fishing well. The flows are now at 2,100 cfs. Get ready for a wet and stormy weekend. Reports have been good from Slide to the West Fork and improving below the West Fork. There have been several species of Caddis hatching, some Midges,…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/13/2018

Jun, 13 2018

The Upper Madison is clearing up and fishing well. The flows are now below 1500cfs at Kirby. Reports have been good from Slide to the West Fork and improving below the West Fork. There have been several species of Caddis hatching, some  Midges, and BWO's on the rainy days. PMD's…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/11/2018

Jun, 11 2018

The Upper Madison is starting to shape up. Flows are on the drop and currently sitting at 2,810 cfs at Cameron. The fishing above the West Fork has remained very good. It shouldn't be more than another couple days tell people start looking to the lower sections of the river.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/10/2018

Jun, 10 2018

The Upper Madison is starting to shape up a little bit. Flows are on the drop and currently sitting at 3,360 cfs at Cameron.   The fishing above the West Fork has remained very good. It shouldn't be more than another couple days tell people start looking to the lower…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/6/2018

Jun, 03 2018

The river is starting to clear, especially in the upper strteches above the West Fork. It is still plenty high enough to make for some super-fast drifts and dangerous wading conditions. However, the bite has been improving steadily with various Stonefly nymphs and your standard, easrly season beadheads like Prince's,…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/3/2018

Jun, 03 2018

The Upper Madison is flowing at 2,340 cfs out of Hebgen Lake and 4,490cfs at Cameron. Even though there is still some color, the fishing has remained good above the West Fork. The Slide area has been productive with dark colored Buggers and Rubberlegs trailed with a San Juan Worm.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/30/2018

May, 30 2018

The Upper Madison is flowing at 2500cfs out of Hebgen Lake and 5600 at Cameron. Even though there is still some color, the fishing has remained good above the West Fork. The Slide area has been productive with dark colored Buggers and Rubberlegs trailed with a San Juan Worm. Reynolds…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/28/2018

May, 28 2018

The Upper Madison is flowing at 2500cfs out of Hebgen Lake and 5600 at Cameron. The fishing has remained good above the West Fork. There is definately some color and you don't want to try and cross or anything but it is fishable. Mostly dark colored Buggers, Rubberlegs or small…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/25/2018

May, 25 2018

The West Fork started dumping again last night and should only get worse as warmer temps and fresh rain and wet snow boost flows. Also, Northwester Energy is planning to “flush” the Madison of sediment this week to coincide with peak runoff in the Madison drainage. This means that they…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/23/2018

May, 23 2018

The West Fork started dumping again last night and should only get worse as warmer temps and fresh rain and wet snow boost flows. Also, Northwester Energy is planning to “flush” the Madison of sediment this week to coincide with peak runoff in the Madison drainage. This means that they…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/22/2018

May, 22 2018

The Upper Madison is now flowing at 3,740 cfs and on the rise.  Reports have been that it's border line fishable, which means it could go one way or another in a few hours time.  The mud has pushed through Quake Lake so the water above the West Fork is…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/19/2018

May, 19 2018

The Upper Madison is now flowing at 3,210 cfs and on the rise.  Reports have been that it's border line fishable, which means it could go one way or another in a few hours time.  The mud has pushed through Quake Lake so the water above the West Fork is…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/17/2018

May, 17 2018

The Upper Madison is now flowing at 3,100 cfs and on the rise.  Reports have been that it's border line fishable, which means it could go one way or another in a few hours time.  The mud has pushed through Quake Lake so the water above the West Fork is…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/14/2018

May, 14 2018

The upper Madison is now flowing at 2,590 cfs. This is down a bit, but the river is still high and muddy. With this being said, it looks fishable. The mud has pushed through Quake Lake so the water above the West Fork is now dirty too. People can, and…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/12/2018

May, 12 2018

Reports from the Upper Madison turned to the negative this morning. The mud has pushed through Quake Lake so the water above the West Fork is now dirty too. People can, and will still catch plenty of fish pounding the bank with Black Rubberlegs and Buggers. The river just below…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/9/2018

May, 09 2018

Reports from the Upper Madison continue to be possitive for the most part. The river below the West Fork is getting pretty dirty but above the West Fork still has a day or two left before the mud passes through Quake Lake. Caddis and BWO's seem to be the hatches…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/7/2018

May, 07 2018

The Upper Madison is fishing very well and is only getting better as the weather warms. Eggs and flashy San Juan Worms are a good place to start with fly selection. Stonefly nymphs, Midge pupas and Baetis nymphs are also solid choices if they aren't eating the pink stuff. As…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/4/2018

May, 04 2018

The Upper Madison is fishing very well and is only getting better as the weather warms. Try avoiding walking around in the riffles and side channels so we let them get their business done. Eggs and flashy San Juan Worms are a good place to start with fly selection. Stonefly…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/29/2018

Apr, 29 2018

The Upper Madison is fishing very well and is only getting better as the weather warms. Try avoiding walking around in the riffles and side channels so we let them get their business done. Eggs and flashy San Juan Worms are a good place to start with fly selection. Stonefly…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/27/2018

Apr, 27 2018

The Upper Madison is fishing very well and is only getting better as the weather warms. Try avoiding walking around in the riffles and side channels so we let them get their business done. Eggs and flashy San Juan Worms are a good place to start with fly selection. Stonefly…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/23/2018

Apr, 23 2018

The Upper Madison is fishing very well and is only getting better as the weather warms. More and more fish are coming out of Ennis Lake so the stretches from Varney down are seeing a lot of spawners. Just try avoiding walking around in the riffles and side channels so…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/21/2018

Apr, 21 2018

The Upper Madison is fishing very well and is only getting better as the weather warms. More and more fish are coming out of Ennis Lake so the stretches from Varney down are seeing a lot of spawners. Just try avoiding walking around in the riffles and side channels so…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/16/2018

Apr, 16 2018

The Upper Madison is fishing very well and should only get better as the weather warms. More and more fish are coming out of Ennis Lake so the stretches from Varney down are seeing a lot of spawners. Just try avoiding walking around in the riffles and side channels so…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/12/2018

Apr, 12 2018

The Upper Madison is fishing very well and should only get better as the weather warms. More and more fish are coming out of Ennis Lake so the stretches from Varney down are seeing a lot of spawners. Just try avoiding walking around in the riffles and side channels so…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/8/2018

Apr, 08 2018

The Upper Madison is fishing very well and should only get better as the weather warms. More and more fish are coming out of Ennis Lake so the stretches from Varney down are seeing a lot of spawners. Just try avoiding walking around in the riffles and side channels so…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/6/2018

Apr, 06 2018

The Upper Madison is fishing very well and should only get better as the weather warms. More and more fish are coming out of Ennis Lake so the stretches from Varney down are seeing a lot of spawners. Just try avoiding walking around in the riffles and side channels so…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/4/2018

Apr, 04 2018

The Upper Madison is fishing very well and should only get better as the weather warms. More and more fish are coming out of Ennis Lake so the stretches from Varney down are seeing a lot of spawners. Just try avoiding walking around in the riffles and side channels so…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/1/2018

Apr, 01 2018

The Upper Madison fished well the last few days particularly in the afternoon once the water has warmed up a bit.  Rubberlegs, Zebra Midges, Prince nymphs, worms and now eggs and fire bead nymphs are all producing fish.  The fish are starting to move into the faster riffles and are…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 3/27/2018

Mar, 27 2018

The Upper Madison fished pretty well yesterday afternoon (the morning was slow). Rubberlegs, Zebra Midges, Prince nymphs and worms were all producing fish.  The fish are starting to move into the faster riffles and are showing signs of spawning activity.  The dry fly reports have still been decent at best. …

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 3/24/2018

Mar, 24 2018

The Upper Madison has been a little tougher the last two days. Good nymph options would be: Prince nymphs, Lightning Bugs, Zebra Midges, worms, eggs and any stone fly nymphs.  The dry fly reports have still been decent at best.  The hatch is there but the fish havent been too…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 3/17/2018

Mar, 17 2018

The Upper Madison fished well yesterday.  The Midge Pupas were the ticket all day for myself.  Other flies that did the trick were Stoneflies, eggs and the old trusty Prince Nymph.  The dry fly reports have been decent at best. I never saw a single head yesterday.  The hatch is…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 3/15/2018

Mar, 15 2018

Mixed reports from the Upper Madison the last few days. Stonefly Nymphs, San Juan Worms, Midge Pupas and Baetis Nymphs are all good options for this time of the year.  The dry fly reports have been decent at best.  The hatch is there but the heads havent been to plentiful.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 3/05/2018

Mar, 05 2018

The Upper Madison is warming up again and the fishing will be getting real good in the upcoming days. Stonefly Nymphs, San Juan Worms, Midge Pupas and Baetis Nymphs will be sure bets. The potential for some fantastic Dry Fly Fishing will increase every day. Midges will soon be hatching…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 2/26/2018

Feb, 26 2018

Fishing between the lakes or around Raynolds and $3 is going to be best until the lower river thaws again. The usual stonefly nymphs, worm patterns, midges and other small attractor nymphs are working best.

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 2/20/2018

Feb, 20 2018

The Upper will be one of the first places to become fishable when it warms up a little. Just below Hebgen Dam stays ice free if you can handle the cold. The water around Reynolds Pass and $3 Bridge stays pretty slush free as well. Stonefly Nymphs, San Juan Worms…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 2/19/2018

Feb, 19 2018

The walk-wade stretch up around Raynold's Pass or between the lakes is going to be best. Shelf ice and slush are going to be a problem down lower at least through this week. Dry fly fishing with midges had been good up high, but it will probably need to warm…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 2/12/2018

Feb, 12 2018

The wind has been ripping on the upper Madison. That coupled with the recent cold snap has meant the upper Madison has been less than inviting. Things are going to start getting better as early as tomorrow. Temps for the next week or so will reach into the mid to…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 1/31/2018

Jan, 31 2018

The Upper Madison has been fishing well. The Midge hatches have been spotty but when they are out the dry fly fishing has been good. Clusters, Emergers and single Adults can all be helpful at certain times. A number of different programs are working for Nymphs. A combination including Stonefly…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 1/25/2018

Jan, 25 2018

Most reports we've gotten from the Upper say it has been fishing well. There's still some improvements to be had with the Dry Fly fishing but that will get going any time now. Be sure to have a good selection of Midges in all stages and in several colors ready…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 1/23/2018

Jan, 23 2018

The upper end of the river and between the lakes has been fishing well. Nymphing is good with standard stuff like stonefly nymphs, worms and midge pupa. Fish haven't been overly picky on nymphs, so you can often get them on attractor patterns like pheasant tails, hare's ears and dips.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 1/15/2018

Jan, 15 2018

Fishing on the Upper has been good the last few days and it looks like the warm weather is going to continue for a few more days around Ennis and West. We've gotten positive reports from 8 Mile to Reynolds Pass. Nymphing has been the most productive with a variety…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 1/2/2018

Jan, 02 2018

With temperatures reaching the thirty's the next few days in West Yellowstone and even warmer in Ennis, the Upper Madison should fish well. There will be plenty of snow to walk through but a pair of snow shoes or cross country skis can make that a little easier. The Midge…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/29/2017

Dec, 29 2017

The only choices are around Raynolds Pass and $3 Bridge or between Hebgen and Quake Lakes. Stonefly Nymphs or San Juan Worms trailed with a Midge Pupa are the norm at this time of year. Midge hatches can get going at any time if it warms up a bit. Fish…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/27/2017

Dec, 27 2017

The only choice are around Raynolds and $3 or between Hebgen and Quake. Stonefly nymphs or worms trailed with midge pupa are the norm at this time of year. Midge hatches should get going if it warms up a bit. Fish the warmest part of the day for the best…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/20/2017

Dec, 20 2017

We are looking at the first real cold snap coming our way this week (low's in the negatives and high's maybe in the low teens at best), so fishing will be at a minimum for a week or so. If it gets up in to the teen's a day or…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/18/2017

Dec, 18 2017

The Upper Madison has been fishing pretty well for December, but expect fridgid conditions later this week to make for icy conditions. Midge activity has picked up in the wade section, and dry fly fishing generally starts to get better in January. Fish are holding in the slower spots as…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/10/2017

Dec, 10 2017

The Upper Madison has been a little slow from Ennis to the Lake but gradually gets better the closer you get to Hebgen and Quake Lakes. A couple of programs can yeild some Trout. Some days they want a smaller combo like a Scud or Sow Bug and a Midge…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/04/2017

Dec, 04 2017

The fishing on the Upper Madison has been a little tough the last few days. Its definitely a winter program going on up that way.  Fish are still being caught down deep and in the slow water with a variety of small stonefly nymphs, midge pups, worms and eggs. The…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/01/2017

Dec, 01 2017

Waters temps have dropped off over the past week and the fish have responded with a classic case of lockjaw – for the most part. Fish are still being caught down and slow with a variety of small stonefly nymphs, midge pups and BWO nymphs. The best stretches have been…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 11/15/2017

Nov, 15 2017

The fish have been happy on the Upper Madison the last few days. Quake Lake to $3 Bridge has been fishing well for most.  Worms and smaller stonefly nymphs trailed with midge pupa or egg patterns has been best.  A black size 20 Zebra Midge was all you needed yesterday. …

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 11/09/2017

Nov, 09 2017

Quake Lake to $3 Bridge has been fishing with relatively warm water coming out of Hebgen and Quake. Worms and smaller stonefly nymphs trailed with midge pupa or egg patterns has been best. Dead drift, swung or slow stripping streamers have also been working pretty good. There could still be…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 11/02/2017

Nov, 02 2017

The Upper Madison was a little tricky the last week or two. Mostly because of wind and temps. As Winter quickly approaches, the water temps start to stabilize and the fishing improves quite a bit. The Upper Madison is a very productive Winter Fishery in general. The Upper is definately…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 10/26/2017

Oct, 26 2017

The Upper Madison has been tricky the last week.  Reports have been minimal and on the slow side. The winds have been ripping and the sun has been high in the sky which makes for some tough conditions. There have been decent Baetis and Midge hatches bringing some fish to…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 10/21/2017

Oct, 21 2017

Reports from the Upper have been on the spotty side lately, it seems as though the brown spawn had taken a little hiatus for a couple weeks or so, but word is they're  , with a few reports . With the exception of a couple of places, there just aren't…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 10/15/2017

Oct, 15 2017

The colder weather has thrown the fish and fishing off the last couple days. Things are still on the chilly side, especially the water temps, but the fish should be acclimatizing by now. There should be a warming trend over the next couple days that will help too. Fish are…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 10/13/2017

Oct, 13 2017

The Upper Madison has been fishing decent the last couple of days. The winds have been brutal up that way so be prepaired for that.  A number of different programs are puting fish in the net.  The mornings have been slower with the best fishing being mid afternoon to early…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 10/09/2017

Oct, 09 2017

The Upper Madison has been fishing great the last week or two. A number of different programs are puting fish in the net. It seems the best way to optimise the day is to Nymph or Streamer fish the morning, switch to Dries when you start seeing some fish rise…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 10/06/2017

Oct, 06 2017

Fishing on the "Upper" has been and should stay pretty good. A number of programs can get it done right now. The Streamer fishing has been best early morning and late afternoon til dark depending on weather. Streamers can produce all day, just be ready to change size and color…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 10/03/2017

Oct, 03 2017

Fishing on the Upper Madison has been on point this past week.  With the cold weather the best fishing has been mid day.  Streamers and nymphs have been taking some nice fish. Brown trout are beginning to get into pre-spawn mode. Baetis will be the go to for dry fly…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 9/25/2017

Sep, 25 2017

The fishing on the Upper Madison has been good the last few days.  Streamers and nymphs have been taking some nice fish. Brown trout are beginning to get into pre-spawn mode, and the bigger fish are starting to get aggressive. Baetis will be the go to for dry fly fishing. …

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 9/14/2017

Sep, 14 2017

Conditions will be changing with cool, wet weather starting today. Fishing with terrestrial patterns will slow, but fall baetis hatches will start to come off. Streamers and nymphs have been taking some nice fish this week. Brown trout are beginning to get into pre-spawn mode, and the bigger fish are…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/29/2017

Aug, 29 2017

With water temps staying below 68F the fish seem to be getting a little more active and feeding near the bank a little longer in the day. The Hopper fishing has been good to great on some days and just ok on others.  Flying Ants have been super important at…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/29/2017

Aug, 29 2017

With water temps staying below 68F the fish seem to be getting a little more active and feeding near the bank a little longer in the day. The Hopper fishing has been good to great on some days and just ok on others.  Flying Ants have been super important at…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/21/2017

Aug, 21 2017

The cooler temps have seemed to have helped the fishing on the Upper lately. As the water temps have been dropping, the fish seem to be getting a little more active and feeding near the bank a little longer in the day. The Hopper fishing has been good to great…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/14/2017

Aug, 14 2017

The upper madison has been a little on and off the last week according to the reports we have been getting.  The spruce moth bite has been incositant at best.  Hoppers and ants are still getting fish but not a lot of big fish.  Nymphing has stayed productive with small…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/7/2017

Aug, 07 2017

The fishing on the Upper Madison has remained decent. The cool nights are helping the water temps stay down. Most reports consist of some larger fish being caught in the mornings and a ton of smaller fish in the afternoons. The Hopper and Chubby bite has been fairly consistent. Pink…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 8/7/2017

Aug, 07 2017

The fishing on the Upper Madison has remained decent. The cool nights are helping the water temps stay down. Most reports consist of some larger fish being caught in the mornings and a ton of smaller fish in the afternoons. The Hopper and Chubby bite has been fairly consistent. Pink…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/26/2017

Jul, 26 2017

Mornings have been best with warm water temperatures on hot afternoons. Dry fly has been decent early with caddis, pmd's and yellow sallies. Caddis will get the fish eating on top later in the evening. Nymphing is usually best with small caddis or mayfly patterns trailed behind stonefly nymphs or…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/20/2017

Jul, 20 2017

The fishing has been great on the "Upper" right now if you can get out early in the morning.  It seems that by 11am the fishing has been slowing down tell the evening hatches start around 7:30pm. Nymphing has been the best bet for consistency. A #18 Lightning Bug or…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/13/2017

Jul, 13 2017

The fishing has stayed decent on the "Upper" right now.  Nymphing has been the best bet for consistency. Try a #18 Lightning Bug or any smaller mayfly soft hackle. Yellow Sally and prince nymphs have been working as well.  Caddis and Yellow Sallies have been the go-to for dries.  All…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 7/13/2017

Jul, 13 2017

The fishing has stayed decent on the "Upper" right now.  Nymphing has been the best bet for consistency. Try a #18 Lightning Bug or any smaller May Fly soft hackle. Yellow Sally and prince nymphs have been working as well.  Caddis and Yellow Sallies have been the go-to for dries. …

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/28/2017

Jun, 28 2017

The fishing continues to be pretty good on the "Upper" right now. We had good reports of fish eating adult Salmon Flies between Lyons and Ruby the last two days. They should be looking for them for the next couple of days in the walk wade section. In addition to…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/25/2017

Jun, 25 2017

Reports from the Upper have been back and forth. Salmonflies are now up above Varney Bridge.  Several people are reporting getting plenty of action on adult patterns. The Caddis dry size 14 has been getting it done as well. Soft Hackle Caddis, Stonefly Nymphs, San Juan Worms and Pheasant Tails…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/20/2017

Jun, 20 2017

The Upper has continued to fish well. We have been getting reports of Salmonflies the last day or two. They are sporadic right now but should really get going the next day or two. Several people are reporting getting plenty of action on adult patterns even though they aren't seeing…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/18/2017

Jun, 18 2017

Ther river is currently at 2910CFS at Cameron. Reports have been decent the last two days.  Nymphing stoneflies followed by a Caddis pupa or a Pheasant Tail should get the job done. We have heard that the big nymphs just started making there way to the banks yesterday.  By mid…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/15/2017

Jun, 15 2017

The Upper Madison has been steady for about three days now.  There was a significant drop last weekend but then the big rain storm brought it right back up.  It is currently at 3020CFS at Cameron. We havent had much for reports from up that way but I bet it…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/11/2017

Jun, 11 2017

The Upper Madison is on the drop. It is currently at 2210cfs at Cameron. We havent had much for reports from up that way but I bet by tomorrow or Tuesday it will be fishing well. Nymphing stoneflies followed by a Caddis pupa or a Pheasant Tail should get the…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 6/02/2017

Jun, 02 2017

As of yesterday anything below the West Fork on the Upper Madison is running high and dirty. I fished yesterdeay above the West Fork and had a decent day. The fish were eating the olive streamer pretty well. As far as the nymphing goes all they were interested in for…

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