September 19th- September 25th 2022 | Upper Madison Fishing Report

The weather has cooled, the streamflow has dropped, and the fishing has turned on in an epic way!!! The Fly Hatches are on; Hoppers, Ants, BWOs and Caddis are coming on late this year and the Trout are deep on the prowl! The weather is forecasted to be mild for the end of September and most of October. This coupled with our guaranteed water flow is making the Upper Madison River the place to be in the West this Fall!!

There is not much to say for this last week’s fishing other than WOW!! Dries, Nymphs, and Streamers all are productive means of hooking up. It’s up to the fisherman which strategy they want to employ! Streamflows started this week at 875cfs at Kirby and 1,030cfs at Cameron and have dropped by the end of the week to 809cfs at Kirby and 983cfs at Cameron. Most likely we will continue to see these flows continue into the next couple weeks to help aid the spawning browns running out of the Lakes.

Dries:  Delektable Chubbyness Olive Brown, Royal, UV Cinnamon #12-#16; Royal Wulff Cripple #14-#16; BWO-Para Sipper #18-#20; Delektable Lil’ Chubby UV Pink, UV Tan, Royal, UV Cinnamon, UV Rainbow #14-#18; Dornan’s Micro Water Walker Pink #14; Purple Haze Cripple #16-#18; Delektable BWO Squeezer #18-#20; Delektable BWO Teaser #18-#20; Q’s Loopy Cripple Stacker BWO #18; Delektable Twisted Sister Purple, Tan/Brown #12-#14; Purple Haze Split-Wing Parachute #14-#16; Delektable CDC Elk Hair Caddis Holo Olive, Purple #16-#18; CFO FPA Copper/Black #16; Hi-Vis Thunder Thighs Hopper Tan, Pink #10-#14.

Nymphs: Geppert’s Mega Emerger #16-#18; Geppert’s Master Emerger #16-#18; Delektable Curved Hook Ranch BWO #16-#18; BH Mo River Pheasant Tail #18-#20; Jig Hook Iron Lotus #16-#18; JuJu Baetis Flashback Purple #18-#20; Delektable Lil’ Spanker Purple, Silver, Red, Pheasant Tail, Blue #16-#20; Tungsten BH Jiggy Blow Torch #14-#18; Pat’s Mr. Rubberlegs Black, Olive/Brown #10-#12; Delektable TGBH Sure Strike Yellow/Peacock #16-#18; BH Delektable Prince Brandon #14-#18; RS2 Olive #18-#20; Delektable Mr. RubberLegs Brown Stone #10; Delektable Jig Head Spanker Holo Black, Holo Olive #18.

Streamers: Yo Dali Llama Olive/White #6; Trina Belly Dancer #6; Silky Kitty Olive, Black #6; Sundell’s Bad Boy Olive #6; Mini Loop Sculpin Olive, Natural #6; Coffee’s Sparkle Jig Smoke, Purple #1; Sculpzilla Olive/White, White, Black #4-#8; Shelia Sculpin #4; Delektable Single/Double/SS Olive/White, Black/Olive, Purple/Black, Black, White, Yellow #6; BH Flashabugger Black #8.

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September 12th-September 18th, 2022 | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Montana FWP are conducting their Fall Shocking of the Upper Madison River on the following dates:

Pine Butte: September 8th, 9th, 12th and September 19th-September 21st

Varney: September 14th-16th and September 22nd, 23rd and 26th

Epic beginning Fall Fishing Days are being hailed through out the shop here at Beartooth Flyfishing! While it may be tough going for some and fantastic fishing for others; the trend for productivity seems to be timing, flies, location, and a little luck (which can be said always for fishing!).  Cooler Fall Temperatures have brought back Wader and Gore-Tex fashion, revived and fresh faces that had been drained from the heat and a “Old Man River” spirit of reflection and Peace have swept through the valley. How lucky are we to live and work in such a special place and have a fishing community that supports each other and tirelessly works on protecting this very treasured River and Valley for generations to come! A huge shout out to our all flyfishing friends, neighbors, and guests of our home! Thank you for all your support and love!

Some epic Dry Fly days have been spoken of between Ruby Creek and Ennis this week. We are seeing Hoppers, size #16 Caddis, and Ants. Keep an eagle eye on your flies as the bigger Trout have been coming up very subtly and if you’re not paying attention, you may lose out!! Additionally, the rumor on the River is Streamers are producing large trout, very large trout!! Streamflow’s have stayed at an even keel this week, 875cfs at Kirby and 1,050cfs at Cameron.

For the weeks ahead look to the banks and skies for BWOs, October Caddis and Ants (which are covering the banks getting the last of Summer’s harvest). If you’re in a pinch and can’t seem to get the action you deserve; Leeches and darker colored (claret, maroon, dark red) Worms may help you out!

Dries: Delektable Chubbyness Olive Brown, Royal, UV Cinnamon #12-#16; Royal Wulff Cripple #14-#16; BWO-Para Sipper #18-#20; Delektable Lil’ Chubby UV Pink, UV Tan, Royal, UV Cinnamon, UV Rainbow #14-#18; Mirco Water Walker Pink #14; Purple Haze Cripple #16-#18; Delektable BWO Squeezer #18-#20; Q’s Loopy Cripple Stacker BWO #18; Delektable Twisted Sister Purple, Tan/Brown #12-#14; Purple Haze Split-Wing Parachute #14-#16; Delektable CDC Elk Hair Caddis Holo Olive, Purple #16-#18; CFO FPA Copper/Black #16; and Hi-Vis Thunder Thighs Hopper Tan, Pink #10-#14.

Nymphs: Geppert’s Mega Emerger #16-#18; Geppert’s Master Emerger #16-#18; Delektable Curved Hook Ranch BWO #16-#18; BH Mo River Pheasant Tail #18-#20; Jig Hook Iron Lotus #16-#18; JuJu Baetis Flashback Purple #18-#20; Delektable Lil’ Spanker Purple, Silver, Red, Pheasant Tail, Blue #16-#20; Tungsten BH Jiggy Blow Torch #14-#18; Pat’s Mr. Rubberlegs Black, Olive/Brown #10-#12; Delektable TGBH Sure Strike Yellow/Peacock #16-#18; Delektable BH Prince Brandon #14-#18; RS2 Olive #18-#20; Delektable Mr. RubberLegs Brown Stone #10; Delektable Jig Head Spanker Holo Black, Holo Olive #18; and SBH Zebra Midge Black, Red #18-#20.

Streamers: Yo Dali Llama Olive/White #6; Trina Belly Dancer #6; Silky Kitty Olive, Black #6; Sundell’s Bad Boy Olive #6; Mini Loop Sculpin Olive, Natural #6; Coffee’s Sparkle Jig Smoke, Purple #1; Sculpzilla Olive/White, White, Black #4-#8; Shelia Sculpin #4; Delektable Single/Double/SS Olive/White, Black/Olive, Purple/Black, Black, White, Yellow #6; and BH Flashabugger Black #8.

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September 5th – September 11th, 2022 | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

As of Saturday September 10th, Hoot Owl has been lifted on the Lower Madison River.

Montana FWP are conducting their Fall Shocking of the Upper Madison River on the following dates:

Pine Butte: September 8th, 9th, 12th and September 19th-September 21st

Varney: September 14th-16th and September 22nd, 23rd and 26th

Fall Glory is peeking its beautiful head out this week and what a welcome relief!! We started the week out with temperatures in the low 90’s but by Thursday we dipped down into the low 70’s to low 60’s during the day. We saw large wind gusts in the Valley late this week which brought some rainy weather with it cooling and reviving the parched Prairie. Additionally, this week we saw a change in Streamflow’s as the weather cooled, at Kirby we started the week at 1,070cfs with a drop mid-week down to 930cfs; at Cameron we started the week at 1,150cfs with a drop mid-week down to 1,020cfs.

So, what do all these changes mean for the Fishing? The Big Trout are hunting for late Season Flies & Fish, hunting hard! Will your Fly be the one they set their sights on? Let’s hope so! The Dry Fly scene is dwindling daily, however, there still has been an on and off Hopper bite, very consistent Ant action, a plethora of Dragonfly hatches and the first few sightings of Fall Baetis.  A Hopper and small bead head or Ant dropper, Streamer with quick initial twitch/strip and straight Nymphing with smaller Stonefly and smaller bead heads have all been productive ways to catch fish this week.

For this coming week we will see some warmer temperatures, mid 80’s, returning for a few days and then cooling off to the low 70’s to low 60’s with a promise of rain. Grab your streamer box, Gore-Tex and thermos and prepare for that 2-footer to emerge from the depths and grab your fly!!!

Dries: White Cloud Hopper Tan, Peach, Olive #12-#14; Dornan’s Water Walker Pink #12; Transparent Ant Black/Red #16; Delektable Flying Ant Cinnamon, Red, Black, Purple #14-#18; Micro Water Walker Peanut #16; Delektable Royal Munchkin #16-#20; Delektable Lil’ Chubby UV Olive, Rainbow, UV Cinnamon, Royal #14-#18; Delektable Chubbyness Rootbeer, Olive Brown, UV Cinnamon, UV Purple #14-#16; and Delektable CDC Elk Hair Caddis Halo Green, Purple #16-#18.

 

 

 

 

                        Nymphs: Geppert’s Crystal Dip Olive, Red, Black #18; Jig Hook Napoleon Light Olive #16-#18; JH BH Iron Lotus #16-#18; Formerly Known As Prince #16-#18; Delektable Lil’ Spanker Silver, Pheasant Tail, Gold, Blue, Red, Olive Green, Purple #16-#18; Pat’s Rubberleggs Black/ Brown, Olive/Brown, Black #8-#14; Lightning Bug Gold, Silver, Purple #18-#20; Geppert Mega Emerger #16-#18; Delektable Curved Hook Ranch BWO #18-#20; and RS2 Olive #28-#20.

Streamers: Delektable SS Jointed/Single/Double Screamer Olive/White, Black/Purple, White, Yellow, Olive #8; Galloup’s Mini Sex Dungeon Black, White, Olive #8; Heavy Metal #6; Bow River Bugger Olive #8; Zonker Olive, Dark Olive, White, Natural/Copper #6-#8; Sculpzilla Olive/White, White #6-#8; Yo’ Dali Llama Olive/White, Natural, Black/Olive #6; Trevor’s Sculpin Olive, Black, Natural #4; Keller’s Nightmare Sculpin Olive #6; Mini Loop Sculpin Olive, Natural #6; Slump Buster Squirrel/Copper, Squirrel/Gold #6; and BH Rickard’s Seal Bugger Claret/Black #8-#10.

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August 29th-September 4th 2022 | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Is it hot or is it not? As we look across the world, heat is ravaging many parts of it in a very challenging way. And yes, we are most certainly feeling it here, but heat can be relative especially while speaking to our wayward travelers visiting our beautiful valley. We are blessed to have a short window of “hot” weather followed by cool evenings and mornings! We are also blessed to have guaranteed river flows and a team of people performing daily monitoring of our river and adjusting flows to help protect our treasured resource! This week and next week we will continue to see temperatures in the high 80’s to low 90’s but this can significantly help with Hopper and Ant fishing during the warmest parts of the day!!

Last week Streamflow’s were 1,070cfs at Kirby and 1,180cfs at Cameron at the beginning of the week, a midweek it was increased to 1,200cfs at Kirby and 1,300cfs at Cameron and then a drop to 1,070cfs at Kirby and 1,210cfs at Cameron by the end of the week. With the up and down changes in flows it can change where fish have been eating, while it is lower you will see more action throughout the river but with a rise you may start to see more action into the banks and in slower water.

This coming week we should see continued Ant and Hopper fishing, September Stone activity (Dry and Subsurface) and Trout are putting on their feedbags for the long winter approaching, so get out there and serve them something tasty!!!

Dries: Bloom’s Stealth Ant Purple #14-#16; Purple Haze Split Wing Parachute #12-#16; Fat Frank Peach, Tan #14; Panty Dropper Hopper Tan, Yellow, Pink #12-#14; Transparent Ant Black/Red #16; Hi-Vis Thunder Thighs Hopper Yellow, Tan, Pink #12-#14; Micro Water Walker Pink #14-#16; Delektable Twisted X Rose/Grey, Tan/Brown, Purple #16-#18; Parachute Adams #10-#12; Dave’s Hopper #14; Delektable Chubbyness Royal, Cinnamon, Rootbeer, and Olive Brown #14-#16; Delektable Lil’ Chubby Royal, Tan, Cinnamon, Rainbow, UV Olive #16-#18; Papa Humpy Royal Red #16; Delektable Sparkle Bug Tan, Olive, Dark Olive, Grey #18.

Nymphs: Delektable Lil’ Spanker Purple, Silver, Gold, Pheasant Tail, Red, Olive Green #14-#20; Geppert’s Crystal Dip Red, Olive, Black #18; Wilcox’s Little Green Machine PT #18; Formerly Known as Prince #14-#18; RS2 Olive #16-#18; BH Rainbow Warrior #16-#18; Wire Worm Red/Orange #8; Pat’s Mr. Rubberleggs Black/Brown, Olive/Brown, Black #10-#12; Delektable TGBH Big Spanker Olive PT, PT, and Warrior #16-#18; BH Lightning Bug Pearl, Gold, Silver #16-#20; Delektable Guide Stone Olive/Brown, Black #8-#10; BH Shop Vac #16-#18; BH Gilled Flashback Pheasant Tail #16; Delektable Prince Brandon #16-#20.

Streamers: Delektable SS/Single/Double Screamer Olive/White, Black/Purple, White, Yellow, Olive #8; Mini Sex Dungeon Black, White, Olive #8; Heavy Metal #6; Bow River Bugger Olive #8; Zonker Olive, Dark Olive, White, Natural/Copper #6-#8; Sculpzilla Olive/White, White #6-#8; Yo’ Dali Llama Olive/White, Natural, Black/Olive #6; Trevor’s Sculpin Olive, Black, Natural #4; Keller’s Nightmare Sculpin Olive #6; Mini Loop Sculpin Olive, Natural #6; Slump Buster Squirrel/Copper, Squirrel/Gold #6; BH Rickard’s Seal Bugger Claret/Black #8-#10.

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August 22nd-August 28th 2022 | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

As School begins to start again and another epic Summer on the Madison River is recorded in the books, the parable of the Ant and the Grasshopper comes to mind. Are you the Ant or the Grasshopper? Have you studied the River, learned the holes, prepared yourself for big Fall Trout?? While you ponder these Big Life questions, go out and fish those Ants and Hoppers!

Rainshowers and low 70’s to high 80’s temperatures have certainly made the fishing better this week, add a little wind to push those Hoppers and Ants on the water and fishing nirvana follows! Streamflows this week were 1,320cfs at Kirby, 1,440cfs at Cameron at the beginning of the week dropping to 1,060cfs at Kirby, 1,180cfs at Cameron by the end of the week. The drop in flow and air temperature has contributed to more productive Dry Fly fishing!

This week we would also like to Thank and Congratulate the Ennis Chamber of Commerce and contributors on a job very well done with the Madison River Annual Flyfishing Festival! What a great way for avid and novice flyfishing people to come together and share fishing knowledge and promote  the sport that we love!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nymphs: Delektable Lil’ Spanker Purple, Silver, Gold, Pheasant Tail, Red, Olive Green #14-#20, Geppert’s Crystal Dip Red, Olive, Black #18, Wilcox’s Little Green Machine PT #18, Formerly Known as Prince #14-#18, RS2 Olive #16-#18, BH Rainbow Warrior #16-#18, Wire Worm Red/Orange #8, Pat’s Mr. Rubberleggs Black/Brown, Olive/Brown, Black #10-#12, Delektable TGBH Big Spanker Olive PT #16-#18, BH Lightning Bug Pearl, Gold, Silver #16-#20, Delektable Guide Stone Olive/Brown, Black #8-#10, BH Shop Vac #16-#18, BH Gilled Flashback Pheasant Tail #16, Delektable Prince Brandon #16-#20.

Streamers: Delektable SS/Single/Double Screamer Olive/White, Black/Purple, White, Yellow, Olive #8, Mini Sex Dungeon Black, White, Olive #8, Heavy Metal #6, Bow River Bugger Olive #8, Zonker Olive, Dark Olive, White, Natural/Copper #6-#8, Sculpzilla Olive/White, White #6-#8, Yo’ Dali Llama Olive/White, Natural, Black/Olive #6, Trevor’s Sculpin Olive, Black, Natural #4, Keller’s Nightmare Sculpin Olive #6, Mini Loop Sculpin Olive, Natural #6, Slump Buster Squirrel/Copper, Squirrel/Gold #6, BH Rickard’s Seal Bugger Claret/Black #8-#10.

Dries: Bloom’s Stealth Ant Purple #14-#16, Purple Haze Split Wing Parachute #12-#16, Fat Frank Peach, Tan #14, Panty Dropper Hopper Tan, Yellow, Pink #12-#14, Transparent Ant Black/Red #16, Hi-Vis Thunder Thighs Hopper Yellow, Tan, Pink #12-#14, Mircowater Walker Pink #14-#16. Delektable Twisted X Rose/Grey, Tan/Brown, Purple #16-#18, Parachute Adams #10-#12, Dave’s Hopper #14, Delektable Lil’ Chubby Royal, Tan, Cinnamon, Rainbow #16-#18, Papa Humpy Royal Red #16, Delektable Sparkle Bug Tan, Olive, Dark Olive, Grey #18.

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