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Madison is holding up well. Streamers dries , and nymphs are all still working. Streamers in the morning close to the bank. 6in is not close enough. Dries start up later when the bug ... morelife wakes up. We've had good caddis mixed in with some PMDs. Caddis fishing has been good in the evening. Chasing bobbers down middle is still going on with lots of big whitefish, always good for getting a few rods bent
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Wednesday, 13 Jul, 2016
Water is warming up but fishing is staying on track Eder still seeing good hatches all the way down from quake lake fishing is spotty 5 fish up on one bank then nothing for an hour. ... moreSalmonflies are all the way up near quake And have taken the crowds with them. Small dries in the morning have been producing some good fish and a lot of twinks. Small nymphs the same in the afternoon but with more whites. Seems like a good white population this year. Not much on the streamers yet Fish are still looking for bugs. Hoot owl restrictions in place on lower rivers. Fish on.
Fishing Water Report:
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Date:
Monday, 4 Jul, 2016
Fish Caught:
9-12 fish
Run off is over. It’s game on for the Upper Madison. Recent rains created a slight bump in water levels but they are on their way down again. We fished mostly streamers with a little ... moregreen bead on the end. Most of the action was on the big streamer. We didn't catch high numbers but quality was way up there. A 20-inch brown and a handful of rainbows around 18”. Some caddis showed up later in the day but I think we were gone before the dry show started. Had some friends out last night said they had pretty good caddis fishing fight before dark. Waiting patiently for Salmon flies. Its our turn next. It’s about over on the Big Hole which means were close here. Tight lines. Eric Shores
Fishing Water Report:
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Date:
Thursday, 16 Jun, 2016
Fish Caught:
9-12 fish
Fishing on the Madison River picked up last week as the water levels continued to fall. Water clarity has been good. The water coming out of Quake lake is a nice steelhead green. We ... morehave been seeing some big chocolate caddis, but not a whole lot has been happening on the surface. Two days ago we fished Ruby to Varney. Fishing was spotty but the fish quality was way up there. We got a 23” rainbow, four browns 18" to 20", and a smattering of 12" to 14". Admittedly we did go almost 3 hours without a strike.

That was a little hard to take, but when they finally started we had a really good two hours. Recent wave of hot weather has the immediate future in question. As a group we are undecided whether this 80-degree weather is going to blow the whole system out again? As of now water levels are starting to creep up again. Fished yesterday from Lyons bridge to Ruby Creek. The west fork has started showing color again so half the river was green half was greenish brown. Actually caught more fish in the dark side than the clear side, but in general fishing was not great. Good size but low numbers. We only got seven fish for a 9-mile float, one really nice 20 inch Brown and we went through every fly in the book. Madison river fish don't like rising water levels. I think we have one more bump which should last about a week then we should be in for a steady decline and some really good fishing Tight lines e
Fishing Water Report:
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Date:
Tuesday, 7 Jun, 2016
Fish Caught:
4-8 fish
Lots and lots of rain the last week and already saturated ground means lots of water in our rivers. Fished yesterday from Lyons bridge to windy point. Short float but fishing wasn't ... morebad. Fished about three hours.with novice anglers put 6 fish in the boat had a few others on. West fork is pumping mud so that gave us a clear half (green) most of the way to windy point. Name of the game was as usuall big and black right on the bank. Helps to get out of the boat and pound. Rain is done for now rivers seem to be headed back down Could get good but this off color water is here to stay for a while. Tight lines. Eric
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Sunday, 22 May, 2016
Fished yesterday from pallasades to Macatee Bridge water clarity about 12 to 18 inches. Hooked fifteen fish landed 10. Not exactly a dry fly day. Water bumped up about 200 while we ... morewere on it but fish didn’t seem to mind. The MVPs were big and black right on the bank fished both big black salmonfly nymphs and some large black wooly buggers. Had a red worm as a trailer and in both cases the fish wanted the big meat. Saw a couple of fish on the worm but most of the action was on big and black. The color is coming mostly from the west fork of the madison , but we drove up above quake lake and both beaver creek and Cabin creek are running color but it is about the same color as the Madison so things should stay stable for the foreseeable future. The water color is off (more green than brown)but it is definitely fishable if you're brave enough to face the spring weather.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Monday, 16 May, 2016
Fish Caught:
9-12 fish
Like Everything else in the area, good snow pack and good spring rains have waters on the rise, but water clarity is still good enough to fish dries. We have been fishing crawdad patterns ... morewith a small pink scud or a worm on behind it. Fish seem more interested in the small stuff. It has been a little on the cold side but here are still a few caddis coming out in the evening, but are hard to fish blind, need to find rising fish, which can be done look for the dead water next to the bank and check out any foam homes you can find. There are not a lot of salmon flies on the lower but there are some and they are starting to get active big, heavy and black should start working down there soon. The was a lot of angler traffic last week but recent cold rainy weather has pretty much sent most people home. Fishing gets solid B, B+ if you figure in the low angling pressure. The lower madison is dam controlled so water levels do not change as radically as on other rivers. This makes it a more predictable option in these times of spiking and receding water levels. If you want to catch a fish on a dry this is still probably the place to do it.
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Monday, 16 May, 2016
Fish Caught:
9-12 fish
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Fishing was good!! We put in at Lyons (only car there!) about 9:30 and floated to the Ruby Creek boat ramp (appr. 12 miles). I whacked a few with a girdle bug and prince under the ... morebobber so I ensured I didn't go scoreless then took the sticks and let Art chuck his 6 inch monster streamers. We saw a little movement here and there on the streamer but not many actual "eats." Then, it warmed up that 1 extra degree that made them put there mouth on it. We moved fish consistently all day after the first hour. Arts best streamer was a lighter green, white flash, heavy headed streamer fished on an ARC medium sink tip line, WITH 6.5 ft. of 1x to his fly. I fished a gold, crystal flash, cone head, bugger/streamer concoction of Arts and never took it off. Since it was a single hook streamer I did trail a bead head 16-18 inches behind the streamer and caught fish on that, also. I never changed the bugger but I did change the bead below a few times. Good 'ol sz.16, bead headed Pheasant tail was my best trailer nymph. I fished a 7 ft leader to 2x with two bb split shot (I should have just used a 3/0). Even though we had much different setups we caught fish in the same places with the same techniques. We would give it an initial mend to sink it, bring the line tight, then short strips/tip twitches. They didn't seem to want to chase too far or too fast. A good portion of our fish were caught in the slow to medium slow back eddy/slicks along the bank. We did move quite a few fish in the "pillow", just upstream of a rock and a few twitching streamers next to the rock. Some chases and short bites in the slicks below the rocks but no real consistent action there. I know that nymphing has been good in the middle but they had no love for the streamer out there.

Tight lines,

Charles P.
Fishing Water Report:
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Date:
Friday, 8 Apr, 2016
Fish Caught:
20 fish or more
Decent success on a black rubber legs in size 6 with either pink San Juan worm or black zebra midge under a bobber. Finding most fish in deeper slower buckets and runs. Putting enough ... moreweight on to "check in" with the bottom occasionally.

The streamer fishing has really started to shine in the afternoon. Starting to see some fish chase pretty well. Not super hot streamer fishing but good enough to keep fisherman engaged. I've been a fan of olive sparkle minnow size 6 and sex dungeons. Fishing them slower earlier in the day and faster as the water warms up.

Saw a few fish rising to midges through the afternoon. Fishing Griffith Gnats and size 18 parachute Adams. They don't seem to be super selective if you can find some actively rising.

It's pretty good out there definitely worth going so bring some warm clothes and go for it.

Tight lines!
Dirty Mike
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Tuesday, 5 Apr, 2016
Fish Caught:
13-19 fish
Cold start, were in the water by 9:30 should probably have been 11:00 Fishing definitly picked up in the afternoon black buggar was MVP for sure. Fish are lazy. Found them in the soft ... morewater on the banks and behind the deep boulders. Took along float covered a lot of water. Ended up with about fifteen fish, one beautiful hook jawed Brown trout that measured out at 19 in.

Tight lines!
Fishing Water Report:
Date:
Friday, 1 Apr, 2016
Fish Caught:
13-19 fish