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Almost August!

July 31ST, 2015

As August and the dog days of summer roll around, we can be thankful that the Madison is still fishing well. It may take some work to figure out what is working best and there have not been many similar days but once you get honed there are still good fish to be had. On the surface, we are seeing the beginning of the terrestrial fishing getting going with smaller tan hoppers like the thunder thigh hopper in size 12 and Yeager’s hopper in size 12 or 10. Fishing ant patterns in the mid-day and afternoon has also been productive with Arrick’s 2 tone para ant or an MRFC custom trude in size 16. Fishing a hopper dropper setup with smaller bead heads has been a good go to especially with the water a bit lower making it tougher to go with a full nymph rig. Green wild things, purple and gold lightning bugs, and rubber leg hare’s ears in sizes 14 and 16 have been my best recently.

Streamers have been a bit spotty, but some good action can still be expected if we get some cloud cover and the cooler weather trend prevails.

The Lower Madison below Ennis Lake remains on hoot owl restrictions for the time being. Make sure you are up to date on all current regulations and closures, call or stop in the shop if you have any questions.

Call 800-227-7127 or stop in the shop for information on river float times and walk/wade restrictions in certain sections. We hope to see you soon!

MADISON RIVER FLOWS- July 31st, 2015
Hebgen Outflow 822 cfs
Kirby-West Fork Bridge 914 cfs
Beartrap Canyon, below Ennis Lake 1,250 cfs

Stay tuned for continuing River updates!

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