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August 8, 2016

**UPDATE 8/11/16*** Not much has changed. The Madison River is continuing to produce quality fishing using terrestrials, nymph rigs and streamers. Flows are stable from last report and water temperatures are EXCELLENT as we approach the middle of August. Get out here! See below.

Upper Madison River flows in Cameron are showing a dropping trend from 1,700-1,200 CFS over the last few days. Water Temperatures are under 69 degrees and we have no complaints about all that as that is not the case for many other surrounding fisheries on Hoot Owl. There are so many restrictions around the state that is hard to keep track of. Read more here..

We've been extremely fortunate this season and can confidently say that the river has been fishing well the entire time. Some wet weather whipped through the valley over the weekend and it looks like it will be settling back in to more summer like conditions in the coming days. Variability is the name of the game with dries, nymphs and streamers all having their day lately.

Terrestrials are very productive with many reports of solid hopper and ant fishing. Small hoppers, flying ants and chubbies are a good bet. If they are not coming up as often as you'd like consider a long dropper in the 4-6 foot range with some split shot half way down for the smaller nymphs. Lightning bugs, prince nymphs, small pheasant tails and worms should work.

The streamer bite was the stand out recently. A combination of dragging, slow strips, twitches and the dead drift are required to maximize their effectiveness. Many fish are taking a trailing nymph rather than the streamer but you can expect them to eat both. Try a natural looking sculpin followed by something flashy. Early in the morning is a great time for the articulated stuff.

If all else fails, switch over to the nymph rig and make sure you get it down with some shot. Pat's Rubber Legs have come back into the game and were working well in the tan or olive colors. The Psycho Prince, Jighead PT, worms and caddis larva have all been effective.

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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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