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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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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/28/2017

May, 28 2017

Reports from the Upper have been all over the board the last two days. The water levels started to go back up in the last 12 hrs and will continue to do so with this warm weather we are having. Your best bet will be above the West Fork.  Fly…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/26/2017

May, 26 2017

Reports from the Upper have remained real possitive. The water will be quite a bit cleaner above the West Fork but still fishable closer to Ennis. The flows are kind of high so the fish are holding tight to the bank. Fly selection seems to be kind of basic still,…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/24/2017

May, 24 2017

The Upper Madison fished well the last few days, but is now back on the rise. Last night it came up about 450cfs and is now at 2970cfs at Cameron. If you're going to give it a shot the best fly combos have included Stonefly Nymphs, San Juan Worms, Caddis…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/21/2017

May, 21 2017

The run off has slowed down a little for the short term since we've been getting some cooler nights. It probably won't last much longer though. Best fly combos have included Stonefly Nymphs, San Juan Worms, Caddis Pupas and Mayfly Nymphs for the most part. It does seem like alot…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/13/2017

May, 13 2017

Both Cabin and Beaver have been pumping mud for a while now, which has now made its way through Quake Lake. This means that the wade section, which had been holding onto some clarity, is now dirty. However, we’ve had a few reports that there are still fish being caught…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/8/2017

May, 08 2017

The river is still clean from Quake Lake down to the West Fork. Below that the left bank is fishable down towards Windy Point. As of yesterday there was muddy water about half way through Quake, so the wade stretch will probably get dirty soon. Stonefly nymphs, worms, streamers and…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 5/6/2017

May, 06 2017

The upper has still been one of the hottest tickets in town. Rainbows are well into their spawn, so watch your step and leave redds alone. However, fish in the deeper runs and buckets that aren’t actively spawning are gobbling up eggs and worms as fast as they can. If…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/19/2017

Apr, 19 2017

The upper has still been one of the hottest tickets in town. Rainbows are well into their spawn, so watch your step and leave redds alone. However, fish in the deeper runs and buckets that aren’t actively spawning are gobbling up eggs and worms as fast as they can. If…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/13/2017

Apr, 13 2017

The Upper Madison has been fishing reasl well the last several days. The Rainbows are in full spawn right now so keep that in mind. Try not to wade around the shallow riffles or anywhere the gravel looks rubbed clean. The normal spawner flies like Worms and Eggs are working…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/02/2017

Apr, 02 2017

The Upper Madison has been getting slammed this past week!  Yesterday it was a game of bumber boats all day long.  This is more pressure than we have ever seen this time of year.  Fishing has still been good to great with the usual stonefly nymphs, midge pupa, and eggs.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 3/22/2017

Mar, 22 2017

Flows out of Hebgen Lake have been steady for a week now. Fishing has been good to great depending on the day. Water temps are slowly starting to rise and the fish are moving toward the faster water.  Fished around town yeswterday and never saw a single head.  The usual…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 3/17/2017

Mar, 17 2017

Flows out of Hebgen Lake have continued to rise slowly. Fishing has been good, but the wind has been relentless lately. Water temps are slowly starting to rise and the fish are moving toward the faster water.  Fish can be found eating midge dries in the soft pockets when the…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 3/10/2017

Mar, 10 2017

Flows out of Hebgen Lake have been bumped up to make space in the resevoir with snowpack running about 118 percent for the Madison River basin. Fishing has been good, but the wind has been relentless lately. Fish can be found eating midge dries in the soft pockets when the…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 3/1/2017

Mar, 01 2017

The reports from the Upper Madison have slowed down durring this last cold snap. We should start seeing some warmer temps coming our way again. The usual early season flies will still apply. Stonefly Nymphs, San Juan Worms and Midge pupas will lead the Charge. The Dry Fly fishing is…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 2/20/2017

Feb, 20 2017

The reports coming in from the "Upper" have been very positive this weekend. The Dry Fly fishing is starting to pick up as well as the Streamer bite. Any rising fish seem to be eating either a Midge Cluster, Skittering Midge or single Emerger. Small Sculpins and Buggers fished real…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 2/13/2017

Feb, 13 2017

The Upper Madison should be about ready to come into it's prime really soon. This time of year things can get super fun with fish rising to Midges. It sometimes feels like every rock has a dozen fish eating dries behind it. Realistically it's only every two or three rocks.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 2/05/2017

Feb, 05 2017

The Upper Madison will be a solid choice on the warmer days coming our way. The best fishing will still be up high from Reynolds to Lyon's Bridge or so. Most of the access sites have been drifted in with snow and the closer you get to Ennis the icier…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 1/27/2017

Jan, 27 2017

The Upper Madison will be a good choice this weekend if it turnes out to be as warm as the forecast says. The main fly combos should include at least one of the following: Stonefly Nymph, San Juan Worm, Midge Pupa or a Baetis Nymph. Plenty of people do well…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 1/23/2017

Jan, 23 2017

Reports from the Upper Madison this weekend were positive. Not a ton of people ventured that far from town but a few that did seemed to be rewarded with decent fishing. The Midges weren't just nuts yet but there were a few risers once and a while. The Midge hatches…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 1/17/2017

Jan, 17 2017

The Upper Madison will be fishing well as the weather warms up a little. Nymphing will be the most productive means of catching some trout for the majority of the day. The right days will start to get some real good Midge hatches so the dry fly fishing will begin…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 1/10/2017

Jan, 10 2017

Fishing up high around bewtween the lakes or down around Raynolds and $3 is the best option with most of the lower river frozen between Varney and Ennis Lake. Midge pupa fished behind stonefly nymphs is usually pretty reliable up there at this time of year.

 

Fins & Feathers…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/31/2016

Dec, 31 2016

With temps going back into the negatives to teens, the Upper Madison will be an ok choice on the warmer days. Expect cold and snowy, but fishable upstream of $3 Bridge. Basically between the lakes and Reynolds Pass. It can be fun to ski into $3 as well. The river…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/22/2016

Dec, 22 2016

The Upper Madison will be cold and snowy but fishable upstream of $3 Bridge. Basically between the lakes and Reynolds Pass. The river gets more slush and ice the further downstream you go. Stonefly Nymphs, San Juan Worms and Midges are top choices this time of year.

 

Fins &…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/11/2016

Dec, 11 2016

The Upper Madison will be cold, but will probably fish ok between the lakes and down to $3 bridge or so. The river will gradually get more and more slushy the further away you get from the dam. There will probably still be an egg bite going on, along with…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/2/2016

Dec, 02 2016

There will most likely be slush in the mornings, which will linger longest in the channels around town. Eggs, worms, midge pupa and firebeads should all be good options. Small streamers in the black and olive should work a little better than the flashy yellows and whites (depends on the…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 11/28/2016

Nov, 28 2016

The Upper Madison is still one of our top choices to spend a day fishing. The fishing has been real good throughout the system. I think the best sections have been up high around Reynolds to Lyons and Varney to the Lake. I'me sure all of it would have something…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 11/21/2016

Nov, 21 2016

The Upper Madison is still one of our top choices for a full day of fishing. Baetis and Midges continue to provide some sporadic dry fly fishing for the patient angler. The streamer fishing has been decent as well during low light conditions. The nymphing has been very good from…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 11/16/2016

Nov, 16 2016

The Upper Madison continues to be one of the best options. There has been some decent dry fly action during the afternoon with small baetis and midge patterns when conditions are right. Streamer action has been good, especially during the afternoon. Nymphing has been solid with worms, stonefly nymphs, baetis,…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 11/14/2016

Nov, 08 2016

The Upper Madison continues to be one of the best options. There has been some decent dry fly action during the afternoon with small baetis and midge patterns when conditions are right. Streamer action has been good, especially during the afternoon. Nymphing has been solid with worms, stonefly nymphs, baetis,…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 11/08/2016

Nov, 08 2016

The "Upper" is still one of our top choices for a full day. The flow's are kind of on the low side making the rowing a little more challenging for the beginner. Several programs are working well, it feels like everyone has been using something different but doing as well…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 11/02/2016

Nov, 02 2016

By all reports the Upper Madison is fishing great. The flow's are kind of on the low side making the rowing a little more challenging for the beginner. Several programs are working well, it feels like everyone has been using something different but doing as well or better than expected.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 10/31/2016

Oct, 31 2016

The Upper Madison has been fishing well. Varney Bridge is open again if you would like to utilize that access. The fishing has been good with streamers on some days, and nymphing has been consistent with a rubberleg or worm followed by smaller mayfly nymphs and soft hackles. Cloudy drizzly…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 10/13/2016

Oct, 13 2016

The water levels are still pretty low on the Upper Madison. The Varney Bridge boat ramp just re-opened the other day. The few reports we got after the weekend weren't super positive though. The majority of fish caught seemed to be from wading the few side channels with deeper holes.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 10/13/2016

Oct, 13 2016

The water levels are still pretty low on the Upper Madison. Reports have been good from the $3 bridge area and Valley Gardens. The Baetis hatches have been productive, especially when it gets a little stormy. When fishing to risers having an assortment of Emergers, Cripples and Duns is important.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 10/02/2016

Oct, 02 2016

It looks like the Upper Madison will continue to be one of our top picks again this week. Most reports have been real good. The water is still pretty low, but it seems it has only made the rowing a little less fun. No section seems to better than any…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 09/27/2016

Sep, 27 2016

The Upper Madison is continuing to fish pretty darn good despite the low flows. The upstream walk and wade section seems to be fishing about as good as it can. Several programs are working. Baetis have been hatching in good numbers so a person can make a day just looking…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 09/21/2016

Sep, 21 2016

The Upper Madison is fishing like a champ. The flows are a little on the low side so floating certain sections can be a little bumpy. A good handfull of fish have been coming up out of Ennis and Quake Lakes lately. Some of the best reports seem to be…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 09/16/2016

Sep, 16 2016

Flows on the Upper are very low at the moment, this makes floating tricky in some sections.  The fishing has been good the last few days, high and low on the river.  Alot of fish seemed to have moved out of the deep, fast runs and into some slower spots…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 09/11/2016

Sep, 11 2016

Flows on the Upper are very low at the moment, this makes floating tricky in some sections.  The fishing has been tough the last couple days. Although, we have heard its a little better in the wade only section up top.  Alot of fish seemed to have moved out of…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 09/7/2016

Sep, 07 2016

The cool, rainy weather has definately helped on the "Upper". Baetis started hatching, giving the opportunity for some great dry fly action. Other than the hatches increasing, alot of fish seemed to have moved out of the deep, fast runs and into some slower spots and a little closer too…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 09/3/2016

Sep, 04 2016

Rainy weather could mean some good streamer fishing for the Upper Madison. With temperatures dropping this week the water temps should cool down as well. Cooler water temps will help fishing remain good throughout the heat of the day. The browns should be starting to get a little frisky here…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 09/3/2016

Sep, 03 2016

Although flows and temperatures have been in "ok" shape, the fihsing has just been tough up there the last week. That's not to say that you can't get a few good fish here and there as this has been a very good year for some very nice 16-18" Rainbows and…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 09/2/2016

Sep, 02 2016

Although flows and temperatures have been in "ok" shape, the fihsing has just been tough up there the last week. That's not to say that you can't get a few good fish here and there as this has been a very good year for some very nice 16-18" Rainbows and…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 08/31/2016

Aug, 31 2016

The Upper Madisom has been tough the last few days (at least in the float section).  A Stonefly Nymph trailed by a size 16 or 18 Lightning Bug or Soft Hackle has been working.  There have been some remnants of a PMD hatch most mornings and lasting until the smoke…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 08/25/2016

Aug, 25 2016

The Upper Madisom is fishing well.  A Stonefly Nymph or small Sculpin trailed by a size 16 or 18 Mayfly Nymph or Soft Hackle has been working well. Most of the hatches have been slowing down to a halt lately. There have been some remnants of a PMD hatch most…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 08/22/2016

Aug, 22 2016

The Upper Madison has still been fishing well. We found the best fishing the past few days mid afternoon with buggers and smaller flashy streamers. The dry fly fishing hasnt been great, I didnt see a nautral eat in the 21 river miles we did this weekend. If you do…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 08/20/2016

Aug, 20 2016

The Upper Madison has still been fishing well. The water temps have been staying cool enough to be fairly productive all day. The dry fly fishing has been decent early mornings with small Caddis and PMD's. The Hopper action has been picking up mid day as have the Flying Ants.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 08/18/2016

Aug, 18 2016

The Upper Madison has been on and off this past week.  This is par for the course. It has been getting hit HARD though with the Yellowstone being so low and warm, so expect the crowds. Nymphing with stoneflies followed by smaller dips, pheasant tails and little spankers has been…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 08/17/2016

Aug, 17 2016

The Upper Madison has been on and off this past week.  This is par for the course. It has been getting hit HARD though with the Yellowstone being so low and warm, so expect the crowds. Nymphing with stoneflies followed by smaller dips, pheasant tails and little spankers has been…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 08/14/2016

Aug, 14 2016

The Upper Madison has been fishing pretty well from most reports. Nymphing with stoneflies followed by smaller dips, pheasant tails and little spankers has been working well. As far as dries go, some of the terrestrials are starting to become more important. Ants have been working well as have smaller…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 08/09/2016

Aug, 09 2016

They have been slowly dropping the flows out of Hebgen Dam so the water is low and cold right now. This makes it pretty good for the average angler. The hatches have slowed down some lately but things like Flying Ants and Beetles have been picking up momentum. Hoppers have…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 08/04/2016

Aug, 04 2016

They have been bumping up the flows the last few days.  Water temps yesterday only reached 66 which is great news!  The catching has been hit or miss form day to day, typical for the Upper.   Fishing is still going to be best early in the day and that…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 08/02/2016

Aug, 02 2016

Water temps are staying decent considering how hot it has been. The catching has been hit or miss form day to day, typical for the Upper.   Fishing is still an early morning game as the combination of bight sun and clean water have fishing glued to the bottom in…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 07/25/2016

Jul, 25 2016

Water temps are some of the best around thanks to the bottom release out of Hebgen this year (too bad they are going to release off the top again next year for another round of repairs). Fishing is still an early morning game as the combination of bight sun and…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 07/22/2016

Jul, 22 2016

The best fishing is morning until about noon and again in the evening. Hot afternoons are usually kind of tough with mostly small fish being caught. Hatch wise you can find fish eating nocturnal stones early in the morning along with caddis, pmd's and some yellow sallies. Evening caddis and…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 07/19/2016

Jul, 19 2016

The Upper is still fishing pretty well. The dam being back to a bottom release has certainly made a huge difference in the water temps. Some fish are starting to eat some Hoppers, Ants and Beetles durring the middle of the day. Mornings and evenings have been fun trying to…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 07/13/2016

Jul, 13 2016

The Upper Madison has been fishing well and might be your best option for the next few days with some of the rain mud plugs pushing through the Yellowstone and Gallatin. Although both the Gallatin and Yellowstone are clearing up quickly, just pay attention to flows and weather. Still lots…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 07/09/2016

Jul, 09 2016

Reports from the Upper Madison have been good. Caddis, Yellow Sallies, and PMDs are the bulk of the dry fly fishing now, with some attractors mixed in. The streamer bite has also been good in the early mornings and evenings. Dry dropper rigs have also been working well with smaller…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 07/06/2016

Jul, 06 2016

Reports from the Upper Madison have remained very positive. The water has remained cool thanks to the temporary repair to Hebgen Dam.There are still Salmon Flies and Golden Stones around the Slide area. Alot of fish are certainly still looking for the adults. Caddis, PMD's and Drakes are hatching in…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 06/30/2016

Jun, 30 2016

The Upper Madison is fishing well. The Salmon Flies and Goldens have moved up into the walk wade section above Lyons Bridge. Caddis have been the main attraction for most of the river. PMD's and Yellow Sallies have been important as well. The evenings have been real productive with a…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 06/27/2016

Jun, 27 2016

The bulk of the big bugs are around and above Palisades on their way to Lyons. Fish have been looking up for big bugs some, but more fish have been taken on Caddis, PMDs and Green Drake dries. For the most part, fish have been holding off the bank into…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 06/25/2016

Jun, 25 2016

The fishing on "The Upper" has been improving the last dcouple of days. The Salmon Flies will be around or above Ruby. Golden Stones have been a few kind of everywhere. Above the hatch has been rel productive with Stonefly Nymphs and Caddis Pupas or small Nymphs. Just above and…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 06/21/2016

Jun, 21 2016

The fishing on the upper has been slower the last couple days.  Higher temps and clear skies have slowed down the bite.  Salmon flies have been present but not in high quantities.  Reports have been coming in of PMD's, Caddis, Yellow Sallis and Drakes coming off. The dries have been…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 06/15/2016

Jun, 15 2016

The fishing is starting to get real good on the "Upper". Salmon Flies are going to be popping any day now. The banks are getting full of migrating nymphs. Reports have been coming in of PMD's, Caddis, Yellow Sallis and Drakes coming off. The dries have been hard to narrow…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 06/13/2016

Jun, 13 2016

The "Upper" is clearing or at least greening up. Salmon Flies are showing up around Ennis right now. The Dry Fly fishing should get real good the next few days. The fish have been keying in on the Nymphs heavily as you go upstream towards West Yellowstone. PMD's, Caddis, Yellow…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 06/10/2016

Jun, 10 2016

The "Upper" is green and fishable above the West Fork and a little less green and more brown but still fishable below it, gradually getting worse the closer you get to Ennis. Salmon Flies will be showing up any day now. Several people have mentioned the fish's bellies being full…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 06/09/2016

Jun, 09 2016

The West Fork is still pumping mud and visibility was about 10 inches yesterday. The wade section has been fishing well with good clarity, but Cabin and Beaver Creeks are dumping lots of mud into Quake Lake. Hopefully it won't be enough to make the upper river too muddy. Nymphing…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 06/08/2016

Jun, 07 2016

Clarity isn't too bad today and fish are fattening up on nymphs. Nymphing is best with salmonfly, goldenstone, caddis larva, yellow sally and pmd nymphs fished up close to the banks. Streamer fishing has also been good with olive, white, natural and yellow taking fish. Some dry fly action is…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 06/07/2016

Jun, 07 2016

Head up high into the wade only section since the tributaries are pumping lots of mud below the West Fork. Salmonfly and goldenstone nymphs, worms and various caddis or mayfly nymphs will get it done in the cleaner water. Streamer fishing is a good way to go in the mud,…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 06/05/2016

Jun, 05 2016

The upper section toward $3 and Quake have still been better, but the rest of the river has been fishing decent as well. Up high there has still been some Baetis on the overcast days, but caddis and PMD’s should start taking over. Lower down where the clarity isn’t as…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 06/02/2016

Jun, 02 2016

Nymphing has been good with stonefly nymphs being best along with worms and various caddis or mayfly patterns. Streamer fishing has been ok with lots of chases and a few takes. Look for caddis to get going strong with the warmer weather this week. It shouldn't be long now before…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 05/27/2016

May, 27 2016

The flows on the "Upper" are still dropping a little. The fishing has been real good lately. The West Fork is puting a little color in but not enough to make much of a difference. The Baetis have been hatching well late morning to mid afternoon along with a few…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 05/23/2016

May, 23 2016

Water clarity remains better above the West Fork. The folks who have fished below the West Fork have done alright dragging Zonkers and worms tight to the banks, but the main action has been above the West Fork. Stones, Baeits, Sallies and worms have all been good nymphing choices. There…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 05/20/2016

May, 20 2016

The flows on the Upper Madison have gone up about 100cfs in the last 24 hrs. The fishing has still been good especially above the West Fork. Caddis, March Browns and BWO's have all been present. All stages have been important. Plenty of people have been having good dry fly…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 05/16/2016

May, 16 2016

The West Fork, and a few other tributaries, are still added lots of color to the river. The east side of the river below the West Fork is fishable but not clean by any means. Down towards town gets worse, but above the West Fork up to $3 and Reynold’s…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 05/12/2016

May, 12 2016

The flows on the "Upper" have been dropping pretty steadily the last couple of days. It might only last a day or two below the West Fork but probably a good option until it blowes out again. The water above the West Fork will stay fishable and has been fishing…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 05/09/2016

May, 09 2016

From Quake down to the West Fork is still a fishable color, but it's running muddy from the West Fork all the way down. Fishing with stonefly nymphs and streamers tight to the bank and behind boulders is normally good when the water is high and off color. Cold weather…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 05/07/2016

May, 07 2016

The upper Madison is still rising and getting dirtier. River left down stream from the West Fork and down towards town is shot. Above the West Fork has been better, but expect color from Cabin and Beaver Creek to push through Quake any day. Nymphing right along the bank has…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 05/05/2016

May, 05 2016

The flows on the Upper Madison are coming up steady right now. The water above the West Fork has been fishing great. Baetis, March Browns and Caddis are the hatches of choice these days. As the water gets a little dirtier best results will probably come from a large Black…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 04/30/2016

Apr, 30 2016

The flows on the Upper Madison have been coming down steady with the cool nights. The dry fly fishing has stayed productive the last few days with Baetis, Midges and a few Caddis here and there. The March Browns are starting to emerge and should start bringing fish up any…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 04/28/2016

Apr, 28 2016

The West Fork has been putting mud into the river, but fishing has remained good in the off color water. There is muddy water coming out of Beaver and Cabin Creeks, so expect some mud to start coming through Quake Lake in the near future. Nymphing is good with stonefly,…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 04/21/2016

Apr, 21 2016

The Upper Madison is fishing real well right now. We might start seeing the flows come up a little and some color to the water soon, but right now it's still one of the better options. The best dry fly action has been the walk and wade stretch above Lyons…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 04/12/2016

Apr, 12 2016

The Upper Madison has been fishing well. Head up high if you are looking for the best dry fly fishing. The streamer bite hasn’t been bad either. Nymphing with rubberlegs, worms, baetis nymphs and eggs have all been catching fish. Watch out for redds as you’re wading.

Fins & Feathers…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 01/26/2016

Jan, 26 2016

There have been some good reports coming in from the upper end of the river around Raynolds or between the lakes. The usual winter nymph program is best with worms, eggs, rubberlegs and midges. There have been some pockets of good dry fly fishing with midges hatching especially between the…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 01/20/2016

Jan, 20 2016

The Upper Madison is a real good choice this week. It might even get above freezing in West Yellowstone. I haven't heard of any ice jams above Varney Bridge but I don't know if you can get to any boat ramps yet to launch more than a raft or…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 01/12/2016

Jan, 12 2016

The ice has cleared out quite a bit over the last week with the exception of Ennis to Ennis Lake where it is still mostly frozen. Midge hatches have been good between the lakes and up around Raynold's starting later in the morning. Nymph fishing has been good with…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 01/04/2016

Jan, 04 2016

There have been good midge hatches coming off between the lakes and up around Raynold's. The river gets pretty icy lower down, so you'll want to head up high for the best fishing. Nymphing is best for numbers with midges, worms, rubberlegs, eggs all taking fish. Streamer fishing isn't…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/26/2015

Dec, 26 2015

The few reports we have had from the upper have been good, especially around Reynolds and $3 Bridge. It seems like the best dry fly fishing has been up there. Most of the people we have talked to at least saw some fish rising late morning into early afternoon.…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/18/2015

Dec, 18 2015

The Upper has been starting to see very good top action. Midges have been popping consistently late morning in the early afternoon, and fish have been ready to feed. Nymphing remains the best option with small dark stones and midge pupa. There have been some fish still ready to…

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Upper Madison Fishing Report 12/11/2015

Dec, 11 2015

The Upper has been in good shape the last few days. There are a couple of ice jams around Valley Garden but everything up stream of that is just fine. Mostly a nymphing game with a Stonefly Nymph, San Juan or Midge Pupa. A cvouple of people have bee…

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