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Fishing was a bit on the “crisp” side with temps hovering around 30 degrees but the fish didn’t seem to mind. Once the ice melted off enough to get to the river mouths, ... morethe fish were happy to see us. We fished small black buggers down deep on a super slow swing and saw good action on both browns and rainbows. Outside air was cold and frozen guides were a problem but water temps stayed warm enough to keep the fish active. When faced with the frozen guide problem the best solution is to hold the rod down in the warmer water, which usually clears the guides in a few seconds.

We started late in the day due to the cold conditions and ice on the lake. March fishing most often starts late. Sleep in, big breakfast, then hit the water around 12 or 1 when the water warms up. Good news, we saw the first Blue Winged Olive ( mayfly ) of the year. This means the big show is just around the corner. We found two selective fish on the surface sucking down dries. Dry fly season is just around the corner. Weeee!
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Date:
Friday, 18 Mar, 2016
Fish Caught:
4-8 fish
Floated the Madison River from Lyons Bridge. It was cool and a little windy and the maiden run for the new boat. We weren't trying that hard and still managed to land some 8 nice fish. ... moreWater was clear and there was no traffic on the river but us. Winter is back on the menu for the next week. Next few days are for skiing.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Monday, 21 Mar, 2016
Fish Caught:
4-8 fish
Ice is receding and the fly tiers are once again becoming fishermen. Temps are supposed to reach in to the 60s this week giving the food chain another bump and waking up the fish. ... moreMost put ins and takeouts are open and the ice has cleared off most sections of most rivers.

Big Changes on the Madison this year the whole river is staying open all year. This makes options limitless. Wade fishing up river between Hebgan reservoir and Quake lake has been good as the rainbows are coming up to spawn and rainbow populations in this area have soared. The wade section between slide inn and Lyons bridge has also been good. Water is still cold so look for the time of day with the slightly warmer water temps usually 1:00 to 4:00 in the afternoon.

A few boats have been putting in up high at Lyons bridge. My buddy Charlie floated Lyons to ruby creek the other day and had good fishing on Girdle bugs for the second half “Morning was cold, fishing was weak” Most of the angler action has been going on below Varny bridge with the colder water temps it is more effective to find some slower water and get out and pound with nymphs on the bottom. Vary has a lot of good get out and wade water. Fishing could get really good down below town at Valley Garden. This is the first time it has been open this time of year. I don’t know anybody that has fished there yet this year but it could be good considering that it is right above the lake and the rainbow are in the mood to move up river.

The ice is off the lake but he waters on the south end is very shallow very difficult to navigate I tried to take a drift boat out to the main channel the other day and failed there wasn’t enough water to float an empty drift boat. Anybody thinking of floating down the river into the lake could be in for a big surprise when they get there. We did find some fish at the north end in the deeper water as usual a little black beggar pulled gently of the ice was the trick for us.

The Bear Trap Canyon has probably been fishing about the best. Warmer water temperatures have the midges and fish moving. Again, later in the afternoon, between the dam and power house. The fish are a little more aggressive down here so you can twitch a streamer and there are a few blue wing olives starting to show up opening the door to a little spring dry fly-fishing.

The stretch from Warm Springs down to Blacks Ford has been fishing well, with lots of drift boats, but good fishing on a brown buggar and a san juan worm. Get in early and stay ahead of the pack get out and wade the slow water.
Fishing Water Report:
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Date:
Thursday, 10 Mar, 2016
Fish Caught:
4-8 fish
The warm winds are a coming, ice is melting back, time to let the mind wander from knee deep powder to knee deep water. A long piece of water has opened up, on the west side of Ennis ... morelake. Some fresh water seeps coming up are keeping the ice at bay, and the food chain is slowly coming to life. Went down yesterday with Shawn and my wife and were pleasantly surprised. We were casting a small grizzly buggar out on the ice twitching it off, letting it fall to the bottom then stripping it in super slow. Water is cold in both the lake and river; fish aren’t in the mood to do anything fast. Patience is the key. Let them take a good long look at I it. Shawn and Anni each had a couple of fish before I “got with the program” Once I got the right combination fly and technique I caught up in a hurry, One beautiful 21 in rainbow.

It's game on out there. Ice is coming off everywhere and the fishermen are emerging from their winter slumber. On the way to Bozeman saw 4 or 5 drift boats on the lower Madison one boat had a fish on. The 2016 fishing season has begun. Heading up river tomorrow to see if the fish are awake, higher up. Tight lines everyone!
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Date:
Monday, 15 Feb, 2016
Fish Caught:
4-8 fish
Upper Madison River - The Upper Madison has been good fishing up around Three Dollar Bridge, Raynold’s Pass Fishing Access and between the lakes. But the snow is around three ... morefeet around the river so it takes some work to get to the river. This weekend will warm up providing some good fishing opportunities. Small zebra midges are working well. Look for holes and deep runs as the water is a bit thin and the fish will be sharing the water. Expect more midge hatches as the weather warms. Another cold front is coming in next week so which should slow things down again. Up near the slide, on warmer days, look for midge hatches.

Lower Madison River - The Lower Madison has been fishing quite well. The recent break in the weather has helped increase the opportunities. The Dam has also been good fishing with Zebra Midges, Czech nymphs, Ray Charles as well as Mayfly nymphs. In the mornings they tend to be deeper with the fish eating on near top in the afternoons. We are also seeing small dries do well when fish are looking up. Look for deeper slower holds to produce. Crayfish patterns are always a good lower Madison option.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Monday, 1 Feb, 2016
Fish Caught:
1-3 fish
Upper Madison River Fishing Report - A winter storm has rolled in with temperatures dropping into the teens mid week and then warming into the low 40’s on Saturday. The bigger ... morefish are feeding more on the overcast days with Nymphs being the most effective. Medium-small dark stonefly patterns with worms, eggs, midge pupa or small attractor patterns have been working great. If you get a hatch, then Midges on top is a good bet. With the fish trying to exert as little energy as possible, look for them in the slower waters including behind rocks, deep, and inside seams and pools.

Lower Madison River Fishing Report - This storm that has moved in should make for some excellent fishing the next week. But, ice has formed around the edges so be careful. Pheasant Tails, Rubber Legs, Midge Larvae, Pink Nymphs, Worms, and Eggs have all been good. Make sure you are fishing the bottoms, especially in the deeper holes. Look for the midges to hatching along the edges. Look for tail water fisheries for consistent fishing action.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Tuesday, 15 Dec, 2015
Upper Madison River Fishing Report - The fish are down low so make sure you are scraping the bottom. There are some browns late in spawning but mostly that is over. Big stoneflies ... moreand rubber legs are getting action. If it warms up, you may want to try out your favorite streamer.

Lower Madison River Fishing Report - Because of the below zero nights, ice is forming where it is slow and shallow so be careful. As it warms later this week, the midges will begin to catch proving some prime winter fishing. Fishing below Ennis Dam has been working in the deeper holes but stay away from below Blacks Ford as it is unfishable. Streamers with small nymphs floating on or near the bottom can get you some action.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Tuesday, 1 Dec, 2015
Fish Caught:
1-3 fish
Upper Madison River Fly Fishing - Up high and in between the lakes still has good streamer fishing. This winter weather will also get fish wanting some high calorie meals. Using a ... morestonefly imitation with a small mayfly will bring fish to the net, but use a short section of fluoro off of your leader and your dropper will increase your chance at catching fish. A mega prince or purple hureless are good stonefly options trailed by a lil' spankers and size 18 mayfly nymphs are your best bet. streamers are producing fish as well. Look for slower deeper runs and reds as the browns are spawning. The water is at winter flows and is super for wading, you can get to any spot you want. You can still float if you have a raft.

Lower Madison River Fly Fishing - Fishing is getting back to normal now that they have stopped fluctuating the flow out of the dam. It has been a couple days now without any changes and you can get back to dead drifting or swinging soft hackles and crawfish. In the seam line, keep an eye out for fish to be feeding on emerging midges. The coming days are going to have some increasing winds so the adults will be blown off the water. Get a few drifts thru each spot you fish. More fish are wanting the flies put right in front of their face. Check out our blog on a Perfect Day in the Gardens.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Sunday, 15 Nov, 2015