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Madison River Beaverhead River Report Big Hole River Report


June 28, 2016

In case you've been living under a rock, the salmon fly hatch has been going on for a couple weeks now. We are delighted to see the hatch moving steadily up river compared to last year's sporadic hatch. You can expect to find the salmon flies along with their faithful followers between Lyons and Palisades at the moment.

The river seems a bit skinny right now hovering just above 1000 CFS near Cameron. Still completely floatable, fishy and great but a lot of us like to see a bit more coming down this early in the season.

Right now the river is offering excellent fishing options from top to bottom. You don't need to be surrounded by salmonflies to get fish to the surface either. Caddis, Golden Stones, PMDs and more are in abundance, especially in the evenings which is going to be a great time to toss dries. Early and late seems to be better for that compared to the middle of the day, but we've had some days where the fish are consistently eating large dry flies all day long. You really can't go wrong with a chubby at the moment, but there are many other attractor patterns that will bring fish to the boat if they are presented properly tight to the banks. Of course, nymphs and streamers will get 'em, but what fun is that when you have the possibility of seeing a 20"+ hawg inhale your dry fly? No reason for that stuff right now!

All of us in the shop have put some time in over the last few days so come on by to get some insight to specific patterns and floats. Come on over to Ennis and fish already!



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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