Madison River
Fishing Report

Updated weekly by our team in Ennis.

June 20th, 2019

Runoff has peaked and the Madison is coming into shape and fishing well. We are slightly behind “normal” but the Salmonfly hatch is imminent. We anticipate seeing big bugs at Ennis sometime next week. If you want to fish The Hatch, you may want to run to the Big Hole. The hatch has been happening there for about a week now and should still be going good on the Upper river.

Meantime, fishing on the Madison has been quite good.  Large stonefly nymphs and a variety of attractor nymphs and Caddis larvae have been productive. Try a #4 black or brown Turd trailing a #16 Olive Serendipity. Many other patterns are producing also, but the theme remains the same.

Streamer fishing has also been good in the mornings. Large black streamers are always a good bet in dirty water, but olive and yellow have been working also.

Dry fly fishing on the Upper Madison has been spotty, but should steadily improve over the coming weeks. Some fish are taking Caddis dries mid-day and in the evening. The big show is about to happen and conditions are lining up perfectly for some great dry fly action next week.


Streamers: 
#6 Woolly Bugger (Olive, Black)
Dolly Lama (Olive/White, Olive/Black)
Mini Loop Sculpin (Olive, Tan)
Sex Dungeon (White)
Boogeyman (Olive)
Mini Sex Dungeon (Olive)

Nymphs:
#6 Black Rubber Legs
#8 Mega Prince
#12-16 Lightning Bug
#14 Jighead Prince
#12 Spanker (Red, Silver)
#14 Brillion's Lucent Prince Jig
#16-18 Psycho Prince (Green)
Chenille Worm-Pink *if flows jump again*

Dries: 
#16 Peacock Caddis
#16 Elk Hair Caddis (Brown)
#16 CDC Elk Hair Caddis (Olive)
#14 Mico Chubby (Olive, Royal)

Keep tabs on the Madison and Ruby River flows with USGS graphs updated daily.

Photo of the Week

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

Owner and outfitter Joe Dilschneider wading with his daughter on the Upper Madison this past weekend.

Photo by Nick Costas Photography. Instagram

Popular Madison River Fly Patterns

DRY FLIES

Purple Hze #12-16
Chubby Chernobyl #6-1
Stimulator #10-16
Royal Trude #12-16
Elk Hair Caddis #12-18
Blue Wing Olive #16-22
Pale Morning Dun #12-16
Griffiths Gnat #18-24
Morrish Hopper #6-12
Turk's Power Ant #12-14

Chubby's #8-12
Yeager's Ant #14-16
Dorman's Water Walker #6-12 
Mini Water Walkers # 14-16 
Chubbyness #14-16 
Hopper Stone #8-10
Henry's Fork Stone #4-10 

NYMPHS

BH Pheasant Tail #12-22
BH Hare's Ear #10-20
BH Prince Nymph #12-16
Pat's Rubber Legs #4-14
Serendipity #12-18
Psycho Prince #10-16
San Juan Worms #6-12

Jig Flash Back Pheasant Tail #12-16
Jig Prince #12-16
3 Dollar Dips #16-18
Deleckta Mega Prince #6-10
Deleckta Lil-Spanker #12-16
CDC Baetis Emerger #16-18

STREAMERS

Wooly Buggers #2-10 black, brown, olive
Zonker #2-6 Natural 
Sculpzilla #4-6
Trevor's Sculpin #4
Double Bunny #2-6

Silver Bullet #6
Sparkle Minnow #6
Barley Legal #6
Mini Loop Sculpin #6