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Madison River Beaverhead River Report Big Hole River Report

Moving On

July 15, 2016

Everyone seems pleased with the Upper Madison River flows just under 1,200 CFS right now. We've seen a gradual increase in water temperatures over the last couple of days but they are still relatively cool. Weather forecast is looking like a we might see a wave of heat come through over the next few days. The lower is still on Hoot Owl. FWP Hoot Owl Restrictions.

Salmonflies are done and we thank the fishing gods for a classic hatch this year. It's never easy, but there were some days of incredible dry fly fishing. Fortunately those days are still upon us with excellent reports coming in from the entire river each day. The dry fly bite is definitely happening right now and if you are armed with the right flies and attitude you can really get into them. Small chubbies are providing some of the most consistent acton up top, with Purple Haze, Caddis and even ants getting them as well. Keep throwing those dries!

Nymphing is still good. It's always good. Nocturnal stones, yellow sallies, caddis and mayfly imitations will make your bobber go Kerplunk. Ahem, worms too. 'Scuse me.

Streamers work. Drag them along the cut banks early or late for solid brown trout. The best color is your favorite color. Black, white, olive, yellow, tan...try them all. During the day a black and olive streamer presented with the old drift 'n' twitch has been a solid option.

Ennis Lake is fishing well. The callibaetis are thick! It definitely helps to fish with someone that knows their way around out there, but small parachute Adams, callibaetis nymphs and leech patterns will get you into them.

That's it for now. We've got the flies you need. Stop by and say hello on your way through Ennis!



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

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