August 23rd – 29th | Madison River Fishing Report

A fun part of this past week was all the youngsters we had the privilege of taking fishing. We had several trips that consisted of grandparents, parents, and grandkids fishing together which is always great to see and be a part of. As for the fishing, not a lot has changed but we expect the incoming weather to mix things up a bit. We’re expecting a significant drop in air temperature for tomorrow along with some rain.

Flows are down some from last week, 890 C.F.S. below Hebgen, 1,010 C.F.S. at Kirby and 1,030 down at Varney. Keep an eye out for those gravel bars that have become more exposed over the last few days.

Streamers and nymphs will be coming into play a bit more with the inconsistent weather but we expect the hardcore dry fly guys to continue to get it done with Hoppers, Ants and smaller Chubbies. The patterns haven’t changed much with flies like Dornan’s Water Walkers, Delektable Chubbyness, Delektable Secret Stones, Delektable Flying Ants and all your favorite Grasshopper flies doing the job. Dan has added a new Delektable Fly Design called the Delektable Lil’ Chubby which has a wide gap hook and is tied in sizes #14-#18. They are Sweet and the shop will need to order more because they are working.

Under the Bobber you should be fishing Pat’s Rubberlegs, Jig Lightning Bugs, Delektable Lil’ Spankers, Copper Johns, Serendipities, Formerly Known as Princes or anything comparable to those patterns.

Streamer fishing has improved a bit but maybe that’s just because more people are fishing them. Flies like Bow River Buggers, Delektable Screamers, Zonkers, Mini Dungeons and Trevor’s Sculpins have all been good options. 

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August 16th – 22nd | Madison River Fishing Report

 

 

 

 

 

Water flows have been pretty stable right at historic average levels for a couple weeks now. Smoke from wildfires across the country have filled the valley with smoke which has certainly affected sunlight. We think the grasshoppers are starting to miss the bright sun but most of us fishermen are okay with a little break from it. Some are more impacted by the air quality. Be careful if you are.

 

Dry fly fishing has been good overall but the Ants have been a bit more consistent than the Hoppers for the last few days. Flies like the Delektable UV Cinnamon Chubbyness, Delektable Flying Ants, Bloom’s Stealth Ants, Yeager’s 409s, Grillo’s Hippie Stompers, Dornan’s Water Walkers, and several other Attractor Dry flies should get you some fish.

Nymphing is your best bet to get a few fish in the morning until about noon time. Delektable Lil’ Spankers, Formerly Known as Princes, Green Machines, smaller Pat’s Rubberlegs, Jig Lightning Bugs and Perdigons are good choices weather they’re trailed behind a streamer, dropped under a hopper or fished in tandem with each other under the Bobber.

Streamers have been fishing okay early and late in the day. Dead drifting smaller patterns with a nymph trailer is probably the best way to get ‘em. Zonkers, Bow River Buggers, Mini Loops, Trevor’s Sculpins, Mini Dungeons and Delektable Screamers should be about all you need out there to get a couple. Have fun fishing!

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August 18th | Missouri River Fishing Report

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August 9th – 15th | Madison River Fishing Report

It’s Terrestrial time. Yes, still Terrestrial time. There’s no end in sight. The fish just keep looking up and as long as the sun keeps shining during the day, we don’t expect that to change. August brings some tough days now and then but the Streamer and Nymph bite has been able to save a few of them for us lately so keep that in mind.

The Nymphing is probably best in the morning before things warm up for the Hoppers and Ants. Pat’s Rubberlegs, Delektable Lil’ Spankers, Lightning Bugs, Pheasant Tails, Princes, Delektable Hammerheads and Copper Johns have all been doing the trick weather they’re fished under the Hopper, behind a Streamer or in tandem with another nymph.

Not much has changed in the way of dry flies. Dornan’s Water Walkers, Delektable Secret Stones, Delektable Chubbyness, Yaeger’s 409, Thunder Thighs, Fat Franks, Fat Alberts, More-Or-Less Hoppers and Sheila Hoppers are all catching fish as well as a variety of Beetle and Ant patterns.

Much like the Nymphs, Streamers have been best early while it’s cool out. Zonkers, Delektable Screamers, McCune’s Sculpins, Bond’s Mini Dragons, Trevor’s Sculpins, and Bow River Buggers are all worth tying on if you’re looking for that meat eater out there.

 

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July 26th – August 8th | Madison River Fishing Report

Well it’s officially August and that means one thing around here: Grasshopper Season!! We talked about Grasshoppers last week and you can expect to hear it again next week so get used to Hopper talk around the valley. There are a few Caddis and Mayflies still kicking around along with some Nocturnal Stoneflies so keep that in mind in the mornings and evenings.

Nymphing has still been good despite all the surface action. Delektable Lil’ Spankers, Pat’s Rubberlegs, Lightning Bugs, Formerly Known as Prince, Shop Vacs, $3 Dips, Little Green Machines and Other Nymphs are all good choices. Best bet is to fish these under the hopper in the afternoon or in tandem under a bobber in the mornings and evenings. And it works without a Bobber with two Small Nymphs and a bit of weight with a tight line.

As far as Dry fly fishing goes it’s all about Terrestrials. Hoppers, Ants and Beetles have all been getting some attention from the trout. Thunder Thighs Hoppers, Panty Dropper Hoppers, Dave’s Hoppers, Parachute Hoppers, Streambank Hoppers, Morrish Hoppers, and any other Hopper pattern you believe in should do the trick. Delektable Flying Ants, Bloom’s Stealth Ant, Hippie Stompers and the Yeager’s 409 are good for the Beetles and Ants.

Streamers aren’t Grasshoppers. You’ll probably just want to fish hoppers but if you’re the kind of fella that needs to throw the big stuff I’d recommend getting up early and throwing things like Delektable Screamers, John Bond’s Dragon, Galloup’s Dungeon, Bow River Buggers or Zonkers.

                       

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