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Madison River Beaverhead River Report Big Hole River Report

Visibility Still Good!

May 23th, 2015

The flows have come up a couple hundred CFS over the past few rainy days, but the river visibility is still quite good and very fishable with 1-2 feet at Lyons Bridge steadily increasing to 2-2.5 feet closer to Ennis. The weather is supposed to stay cooler than normal and there is no sign of heavy run-off in the next week or so.

Nymphing has been the steady producer, large rubber leg stone flies like mega princes in size 6 or brown and black Pat’s rubber legs sizes 6 and 4 have been the essential lead bug. Disco worms in purple and red/tan have been good as a trailer along with caddis pupa variations like the cadistrophic pupa size 16 or olive and tan Yuba pupas sizes 14 and 16.

Afternoons we are seeing march browns in good numbers especially if there is cloud cover. Try fishing a parachute march brown in size 14 or 12 with a D&D cripple march brown off the back. Streamer fishing has also been picking up in the afternoons as the water temps increase. Olive and black have been the most reliable color choices to start. Mini loop sculpins, BH crystal buggers, and McCune’s sculpins have all been turning fish. All sections are now open on the Madison River! Call 800-227-7127 or stop in the shop for information on float times and walk/wade restrictions in certain sections. We hope to see you soon!

Hebgen Outflow 545 cfs
Kirby-West Fork Bridge 892 cfs
Beartrap Canyon, below Ennis Lake 1,650 cfs

Stay tuned for continuing River updates!

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