October 25th-November 4th, 2022 | Upper Madison River Report

From Fall Sunshine Nirvana to Gail Force Winds Blizzard Winter! The Madison Valley did not disappoint and in full dramatic fashion changed on a dime. As the angler may shiver with the conditions above the fish below are unencumbered by the conditions and are feasting, hopefully on your shaking line!

We have seen consistent Stream flows the past two weeks with 780cfs at Kirby and 1020cfs at Cameron. The water color has been ranging on the glacial green variety (a downright beautiful sight to behold) and fish have started to stack up like cordwood in holes about the river. While the conditions can be severe this time of the year, the fishing can still be very productive in the heat of the day and fishing with the wind at your back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here at Beartooth Flyfishing we are busy replenishing our fly tying and cold weather gear inventory! We have some new sale items and are still serving coffee and at request hot cocoa or tea to warm you up from the outside chill! We have changed our hours from 9:00AM to 5:00PM and will be closed on Sundays and Mondays through the winter months. Come on in for a chat and some retail therapy, it’s just the perfect time!

Nymphs: Delektable Mega Prince Standard and Flashback #8-#10. Delektable Lil’ Spanker Pheasant Tail, Silver, Red, Blue #16-#20; Delektable Tungsten Bead Head Big Spanker Warrior #18; Rainbow Warrior #18-#20. Zebra Midge Black, Red, Olive #12-#20; Formerly Known as Prince #16-#18; Pat’s Rubberlegs Black #10-#12; Worm Imitations #4-#12; Pat’s Rubberlegs Black #10-#12; Splitback Baetis #18-#20; Delektable Lil’ Spanker Silver, Blue, Red, Pheasant Tail, #16-#20; Delektable Tungsten Jig Spanker Red, Silver, Pheasant Tail, Holo Black #18; Geppert’s Master and Mega Emerger #18; Geppert’s Skinny Dip Black, Brown #16-#18; Pheasant Tail Nymphs #14-#18; Copper John’s Copper, Red #16-#18; Lil’ Green Machine Pheasant Tail, Olive #18-#20; Shop Vac’s #16-#20; Three Dollar Dips Brown, Red, Crystal #16-#18; Egg Patterns Various Colors #6.

Dries: Parachute Adams #18-#22; Carlson’s Purple Craze #18-#20; Griffith’s Gnat #18-#20; Brook’s Sprout Midge Olive #20; Delektable Sparkle Bug Light Olive, Dark Olive, Gray #18; Delektable Lil’ Teaser BWO #18-#20; Delektable Lil’ Squeezer BWO #18-#20; Brook’s Sprout Emerger BWO #18-#22; Snowshoe Baetis #18-#22; Sparkle Dun BWO #18-#22.

Streamers: Delektable Single/SS/Double Black, Olive, Olive/Black, Badger, Olive/White, Yellow, White; Galloup’s Dungeon and Mini Dungeons Black, Olive, Cream, White; Galloup’s Boogie Man Black, Olive, White; Coffey’s Sparkle Minnow #6; Zonkers Copper, Pearl, Olive, Natural #6-#8; McCune’s Sculpin Olive #6-#8; Sculpzilla Olive, Black, White #4-#8.

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October 17th- October 23rd, 2022 | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Timing is key to many of our endeavors in life, especially in Fishing! We are all impacted by choices of when to cast, when to set the hook, when to use certain Flies, and when to let your Fly swing or drag a little bit longer. These essential moments can mean a glorious catch or a devastating miss. As we roll into true Fall here in the Madison Valley nature has her own timing, just perfect! This last week was just perfect, beautiful weather for the first part of the week and then a gradual turn to rain/snow by the end of the week. If your timing was right, you got the last of the nice weather this week, by Sunday it has become a full Winter wonderland in the Valley! Even so, with this turn of the weather you may have your timing dead on for turning the head of that once in a lifetime Trout!

We have seen consistent flows this week sitting at 830cfs at Kirby and 980cfs at Cameron. Fishing has been consistently great with a Streamer and small dropper combo and various Nymphing combos have been effective also. This coming week is full of cloudy days with mixed rain/snowy conditions, which could be very favorable for some serious BWO action. If you choose to brave the great white North this coming week and need some layering gear to keep you warm, stop on down to Beartooth Flyfishing, we got the gear to keep you going!

Nymphs: Delektable Lil’ Spanker Pheasant Tail, Purple, Blue, Silver, Red Gold #14-#20; Geppert’s Black Machine #18; RS2 Olive #16-#20; Tungsten Split-Case BWO #20; BH Mo River Red, Black #18-#20; Delektable Curved Hook Ranch BWO #16-#18; JH Napoleon Light Olive #18; Zebra Midge Black, Red #18-#20; Sawyer PT Copper, Red #16-#18; Pat’s Rubberleggs Black, Brown/Black, Olive/Brown #8-#10; Delektable Mega Prince Standard Flashback #10; Juju Baetis #18-#20; GB Bubbleback Emerger PT #16-#18; Delektable Hurless Grey, Olive #10; BH Jig Head Pearl, Silver Lightning Bug #16-#18; Tungsten BH Jiggy Frenchie #14; and Delektable Orange Juice Caddis Emerger, Lime Juice #14-#16. 

Streamers: Delektable SS/Double/Single Screamer Olive/White, Black, Yellow, White, Badger, Olive/Black, Brown/Yellow #6; Murphey’s Miracle Mile Olive Peanut #4, CH Zuddler White, Olive, Black #4-#8; Lady Gaga White, Rainbow #6; Rubber Bugger Halloween #6; Zonker Natural, Copper, Olive, Black #4-#6; Sculpin “The One” #6; Yo Dali Llama Olive/White, Black/Olive, Natural #6; Mini Loop Sculpin Olive, Natural #6; and Silky Kitty Olive, White, Black #6.

Dries: Hi-Vis Parachute BWO #20; October Caddis PMX Orange #12; Parachute Adams #18-#20; B’s Emerging Peacock Caddis #16; Delektable BWO Squeezer #18-#20; Delektable Lil’ Teaser BWO #18-#20; Delektable Twisted Baby Orange/Brown, Tan/Brown #12-#16; BWO Para Sipper #20-#22; Delektable Lil’ Chubby UV Pink, Royal #16-#18; and Delektable Chubbyness Rootbeer, Cinnamon #16.

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October 10th – October 16th, 2022 | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

We begin our slow wave Goodbye! to an incredible Native Summer. Nights have begun to get cooler and it’s taking longer for the sun to warm the Valley during the day. True Fall is starting to set in and while this next week starts with the last of our gorgeous sunny days expect snow by the end of the week. Even with the drop in temps, fish eat every day. The chill may challenge the angler but the bite is still on! Stream Flows have been consistent this week; 760cfs at Kirby and 950cfs at Cameron and are expected to continue this way for the upcoming week.

We saw some Dry fly action this past week, on and off with Ants and Hoppers (the last we may see with the cold temps at night) and Trico, Midge and Mayfly activity. The clear sunny days have dampened some of our Fall hatches but look for the overcast days bringing BWO and October Caddis action! Nymphing and Streamer fishing has been the most productive especially Nymphs on the drag through shallow water. If you come across rising, tailing fish and they just aren’t interested in your fly; go smaller (#20-#22) it can prove very successful to get those picky Trout!

Nymphs: Delektable Lil’ Spanker Pheasant Tail, Purple, Blue, Black, Silver, Gold #14-#20; Geppert’s Green Machine #18; RS2 Olive #16-#20; Tungsten Split-Case BWO #20; BH Mo River Red, Black #18-#20; Delektable Curved Hook Ranch BWO #16-#18; JH Napoleon Light Olive #18; Zebra Midge Black, Red #18-#20; Sawyer PT Copper, Red #16-#18; Pat’s Rubberleggs Black, Brown/Black, Olive/Brown #8-#10; Delektable Mega Prince Standard Flashback #10; Juju Baetis #18-#20; GB Bubbleback Emerger PT #16-#18; Delektable Hurless Grey, Olive #10; BH Jig Head Pearl, Silver Lightning Bug #16-#18; Tungsten BH Jiggy Frenchie #14; and Delektable Orange Juice Caddis Emerger, Lime Juice #14-#16.  

Dries: Half Drowned Moth, Hopper, Caddis #16; Fat Frank Olive, Tan #12-#14; Hi-Vis Parachute BWO #20; October Caddis PMX Orange #12; Delektable Flying Ant Minimal Cinnamon #16-#18; Parachute Adams #18-#20; B’s Emerging Peacock Caddis #16; Delektable BWO Squeezer #18-#20; Delektable Twisted Baby Orange/Brown, Tan/Brown #12-#16; BWO Para Sipper #20-#22; Delektable Lil’ Chubby UV Pink, Royal #16-#18; and Delektable Chubbyness Rootbeer, Cinnamon #16.

Streamers: Delektable SS/Double/Single Screamer Olive/White, Black, Yellow, White, Badger, Olive/Black, Brown/Yellow #6; Murphey’s Miracle Mile Olive Peanut #4, CH Zuddler White, Olive, Black #4-#8; Lady Gaga White, Rainbow #6; Rubber Bugger Halloween #6; Zonker Natural, Copper, Olive, Black #4-#6; Sculpin “The One” #6; Yo’ Dali Llama Olive/White, Black/Olive, Natural #6; Mini Loop Sculpin Olive, Natural #6; and Silky Kitty Olive, White, Black #6.

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October 3rd-October 9th, 2022 | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Fall is just so very sweet in the Madison Valley! This year is shaping up to be gorgeous weather wise, sunny with the mid 60’s to low 70’s! The fishing has just been splendid this past week, nymphing being the most productive means of daily catching. However, the overcast days have been accompanied by Black Caddis, October Caddis and BWO’s. Also don’t count the Hopper and Ant out yet, they are still out and working. Dry and Emerger/Nymph combos have been productive, especially if you stick to your guns and fish it consistently. Trout have begun to attack aggressively to a stripped Streamer and are holding in shallower water.

The water flows have stayed consistent this week, 760cfs @ Kirby and 940cfs @ Cameron. These lower flows keep the fish spread out throughout the River. So be sure to try a variety of locations so you are fishing water all over, especially in shallow runs (big trout are hiding out looking to eat a tasty Lil’ Juvenile)!

As always, have fun out there, fish hard as Winter is coming but hopefully not too soon!!!

Nymphs: Delektable Lil’ Spanker Pheasant Tail, Purple, Blue, Black, Gold #16-#20; Geppert’s Green Machine #18; RS2 Olive #16-#20; Tungsten Split-Case BWO #20; BH Mo River Black #18-#20; Delektable Curved Hook Ranch BWO #16-#18; Zebra Midge Red, Black #18-#20; Delektable Orange Juice Caddis Emerger, Lime Juice #14-#16; Delektable Worm Red, Wine #16; Pat’s Rubberlegs Black, Brown/Black, Olive/Brown #8-#10; Delektable Mega Prince Standard Flashback #10; Delektable Hurless Flashback Gray, Olive #10; JH Napoleon Light Olive #18; GB Bubbleback Emerger PT #16-#18; Sawyer Pheasant Tail Copper, Red #16-#18; Juju Flashback Baetis #18-#20; and Formerly Known As Prince #18-#14.

Dries: Delektable Flying Ant Minimal Cinnamon #16-#18; Half Drowned Moth, Hopper, Caddis #16; Hi-Vis Parachute BWO #20; Delektable BWO Squeezer #18-#20; October Caddis PMX Orange #12; Delektable Chubbyness Rootbeer, Cinnamon #16; Parachute Adams #18-#20; Fat Frank Olive, Tan #12-#14; Delektable Twisted Baby Orange/Brown, Tan/Brown #12-#16; Delektable Lil’ Chubby UV Pink, Royal #16-#18; Parachute Adams #18-#20; B’s Emerging Peacock Caddis #16; BWO Para-Sipper #20-#22; and McKnight Tan Thunder Hopper #12-#14.

Streamers: Lady Gaga White, Rainbow #2; Murphey’s Miracle Mile Olive Peanut #4; BH Flashabugger Black #8; Yo’ Dali Llama Black/Olive, Olive/White, Tan/Natural #6; Trevor’s Sculpin Olive #4; Kyle’s Egg Head Olive/Yellow, Natural #6; Slump Buster Squirrel/Copper #6; Zonker Natural/Tan, Natural, Natural/Copper, Dark Olive #6-#8; Delektable Single/Double/SS Olive/White, Black/Olive, Purple/Black, Black, White, Yellow, Badger #6; and Silvey’s Sculpin Leech Olive, Tan #4.

 

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September 26th-October 2nd, 2022 | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Snow in the mountains, overcast/rainy days, leaves turning colors and Ginormous Trout in the River! Fall is just the best in the Madison River Valley! This week was full of Fall surprises; from the weather (cold in the morning and high 70’s during the day with touches of thundershowers and the big “W” bringing in the cold front by the end of the week) to the Really Big Trout coming out and making their presence known! What wasn’t a surprise this week was that the ladies really came out on top with the Most and the Biggest catches of All!!

Most of this week we saw very productive Dry Fly fishing and consistent Nymph and Streamer fishing. With the weather turning by the end of the week the  Dry Fly fishing became more challenging but opened doors for more productive Streamer with trailing Nymph fishing. Dead drifting streamers has been the most consistent method but as the water temperature continues to drop twitching and stripping will become the way to score a Whopper!

This coming week look for Dry Fly fishing, especially October Caddis and BWOs, with the warmer weather predicted for most of the week. Additionally, don’t give up on the Hopper just yet, they don’t die till the second hard freeze, and they should be hopping around this week! Best of Luck out there and if you’re struggling out there come on in; we have free coffee in the morning, entertaining advice, and all the flies you could possibly desire!!

Nymphs: Geppert’s Green or Black Machine #18; Delektable Curved Hook Ranch BWO #18; Delektable Orange Juice Caddis Emerger #12-#16; SBH Zebra Midge Red, Black #18-#20; Wire Worm Red #6-#10, BH Mo’ River Pheasant Tail #16-#18; Delektable Jig Hook Spanker Holo Orange, Black #14-#18; Formerly Known As Prince #10-#14; Two Bit Hooker Light Olive #16-#20; Delektable Lil’ Spanker Blue, Pheasant Tail #14-#20; Delektable Black/Orange Stoner #8; Pat’s Rubber Legs Olive/Brown, Black, Black/Brown #8-#12; Tungsten Split Case BWO #20; JuJu Baetis Flashback Purple #20; and Epoxyback Tungsten Copper John Copper, Red #14-#18.

Dries: Delektable Lil’ Chubby Royal, Cinnamon, Rainbow #16-#18; Delektable Twisted X Orange/Brown, Rose/Gray #14-#16; Parachute Madame X Peacock #10-#14; Royal Wulff Cripple #16-#18; Olive “X” Caddis Elk Hair #16; Carlson’s Purple Craze #16-#18; Delektable BWO Teaser #18-#20; Etha-Wing Dun BWO #20-#22; Q’s Loopy Cripple Stacker BWO #18; Delektable Flying Ant Red #18; White Cloud Hopper Tan #12-#14; and Hi-Vis Tan Thunder Thighs #10-#14.

Streamers: Lady Gaga White, Rainbow #2; Murphey’s Miracle Mile Olive Peanut #4; BH Flashabugger Black #8; Yo Dali Llama Black/Olive, Olive/White, Tan/Natural #6; Trevor’s Sculpin Olive #4; Kyle’s Egg Head Olive/Yellow, Natural #6; Slump Buster Squirrel/Copper #6; Zonker Natural/Tan, Natural, Natural/Copper, Dark Olive #6-#8; and Delektable Single/Double/SS Olive/White, Black/Olive, Purple/Black, Black, White, Yellow, Badger #6.

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