April 25, 2018

Lots and lots of changes are occurring here in south west Montana right now. Tributaries around the region are beginning to blow out, but the upper Madison remains very clear and fishable. We're keeping an eye on things for you, but overnight lows are still dipping down to below freezing, especially up river in the high country. The river is in PERFECT shape. 

Nymphing is where it is at for numbers right now. Anglers are reporting much better fishing when wading compared to floating. The key right now is to get it down with a bunch of split shot. Girdle bugs, large prince nymph and worms are working as a top fly. Eggs, PTs, lightning bugs, midges and more are getting the job done as a trailer. Again, before you change flies, add a piece of shot. 

Dry fly fishing has been very good at times, especially in the latter part of the afternoon/evening. BWO, midges and small stones are on the menu. Consider a small chubby followed by a #18 parachute adams and target all sorts of water, not just the slicks. Many fish have been taken in the riffles. The lower has a some solid BWO action when the breeze is down. Sparse caddis have been seen lately down there. They should pop off pretty good once we hit 70 degrees. The mother's day hatch is NOT far off. 

Streamers have been working! It is hard to beat a big wooly bugger at the moment. Smaller sized sculpin patterns will also get it done. Fish them low and slow through the deeper buckets for the best action. The big articulated stuff will definitely turn some fish as well. Lots of big brown trout are hanging out in the soft water looking for a big meal.

We're loaded up with the latest patterns. We've been fishing a lot too, so come on in for some intel on your way through town.

Have fun!

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

Lower Madison River Flows below Ennis Lake Near Mcallister, MT

Water Level Graph for USGS Station 06041000 Source

Lower Madison River Water Temperature below Ennis Lake

Water Level Graph for USGS Station 06041000 Source