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Cleaning Up

May 25th, 2016

Looking outside right now it is hard to imagine a better place to be, with temperatures in the 60's, partial cloudy skies and green vegetation as far as the eye can see. If you look at the USGS river flow data for the upper Madison River over the last 4 days you can see a definite downward trend. The dam releases are relatively low, and the flow quickly increases as you move past the tribs. You can expect some discoloration from the West Fork down, but it is cleaning up fast and the color in town is very fishy. All of this has had a very positive impact on the fishing.

Small adult mayflies and caddis have been very abundant and fish have been coming to the surface quite regularly throughout the day up river between Reynold's Pass and Pine Butte. Closer to town the fish have been coming to the surface here and there as well.

Nymphing remains productive with worms and lightning bugs being reported as the hot flies. Caddis larva, stoneflies and eggs will also get you some takes. A bowling ball sized split shot will help you get the fly down into the zone and drop shot rig is something to consider to help you avoid hanging up on debris along the river bottom.

Also, there is no better time than spring to throw streamers. The double streamer rig has been the hot ticket with many different color combos producing some nice fish. Don't be afraid to try all ends of the spectrum from black, olive, white or yellow. Spring time is also known as Whitefish time. They are definitely on the chew.

You may have been disappointed last week to find the fly shop closed. We apologize for that, but today we opened back up for business in a big way. Stop by on your way to the river to check it out.

As always, we are around to answer ANY questions you may have. Please give us a call!


Go fishing!


Upper Madison River Flows near Cameron, MT

Water Level Graph for USGS Station 06038800 Source

Upper Madison River Water Temperature near Cameron, MT

Water Temperature Graph for USGS Station 06038800 Source

Stay tuned for continuing River updates!

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