August 8th-August 14th | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Hoppers, o’ Hoppers where for art thou??? We may not see you, but the fishermen have been creating the hatch and the Fish have been starting to eat!! They seem as anxious as we are for the hatch to kick in fully! The most consistent action has been seen between McAtee Bridge to Ennis, however later this week the Fish have been starting to swipe at the Hopper up to Windy Point!

Temperatures have been in the high 80’s-low 90’s this week, we have seen some reprieve from the heat with afternoon/evening rain showers and cooling nightly temps. The river flows have continued to drop this week 1,350cfs at Kirby and 1,500cfs at Cameron at the beginning of the week dropping to 1,200cfs at Kirby and 1,330cfs at Cameron by the end the week.

Dry fly fishing has been coming on stronger during the day with  Ants, Beetles, and some Hoppers, Nocturnals and Caddis have been the hits this week. Streamers with a Dropper fished with a nymphing set up (strike indicator) and completed dead drifted and tight lined have also been very productive. Nymphing has been productive especially if you switch your manner of presentation, with some days great for dragging, while others are best with a perfect float. As fishing can be so drastically different from day to day, switching your flies often (if not getting action) and changing your presentation and location on the River Center to banks and back can help produce high catch days and big smiles!!

Dries: Grillo’s Hippie Stopper Royal, Purple #16-#18, Transparent Ant Black/Red #16, Delektable Flying Ant Purple #16, Delektable Sparkle Bug Olive, Tan #16-#18, Fat Frank Peach #14, Hi-Vis Pink Thunder Thighs Hopper #14, Panty Dropper Hopper Pink #12-#14, Bloom’s Stealth Ant Purple #14-#16, Delektable Lil’ Secret Goldrush #16-#18, Purple Haze Split Wing Parachute #12-#16, Micro Water Walker Pink #14-#16, Royal Wulff Cripple #14-#16, Parachute Adams #10-#12, Delektable Twisted X Rose/Gray, Tan/Brown, Purple #14-#16.

Nymphs: Pat’s Mr. Rubberlegs Olive/Brown, Black, Orange/Brown #6-#8, Delektable Guide Stone Black/Brown, Olive/Brown #8-#10, Wire Worm Orange/Red #6-#8, Delektable Lil’ Spanker Gold, Silver #14-#16, Formerly Known As Prince #14-#16, BH Lightning Bug Pearl, Gold, Silver #16, Delektable Tungsten Big Spanker Red Headed #16, BH Mo’ River Pheasant Tail #16, Three Dollar Dip (GB) Crystal, Brown #6, Geppert’s Crystal Dip Brown #16, BH Serendipity Rainbow, Dark Olive #14-#16.

Streamers: Yo’ Dali Llama Olive/White #6, Trevor’s Sculpin Natural/Olive, Black #4, Sculpzilla Black, Olive/Tan #8, Slump Buster Squirrel/Gold #6, Mini Loop Sculpin Natural, Olive #6, Articulated Bugger Olive/Black #8, Shelia Sculpin #4, Delektable SS/Single/Double Screamer Olive/White, Black, White, Yellow, Olive #8, Zirdle Olive/Orange #8, Zonker Natural Copper Body, Natural #8, Silk Kitty Olive #6.

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August 2nd-August 7th | Upper Madison Fishing Report

As of August 2nd, Hoot Owl have begun from 8-Mile Fishing Access to Ennis Reservoir. This means fishing from 2PM to Midnight in this area is prohibited.

Fishing is hot and cold these days with the temps changing but fishing is always better than another day at work! 🙂 Conditions have been changing this week with the temperatures cooling from the mid 90’s the week prior to mid to high 80’s most of the week with a dramatic shift on Friday & Saturday to mid 70’s to mid 60’s and a massive rainstorm, additionally the “W” Factor in the Valley has returned with the incoming weather! To add to the changes this week NorthWestern Energy raised flows the end of last week to combat the rising temperatures, which has been successful into this week, and while you may have been rocking in the middle River last week you may want to stick to the banks as the fish tend to migrate to the slower water! The river flows this week started at 1,650cfs at Kirby and finished the week at 1,370cfs; at Cameron the week started with 1,890cfs and dropped down to 1,570cfs by the end of the week.

 

 

 

 

 

With the warmer temperatures this week fishing has been best in the early morning with Streamers (especially with a dropper), Nocturnals, Midges, and Tricos. During Mid-day there has been some action with a Chubby, Hopper, Ant or Beetle pattern. Nymphing has still been the most productive means of fishing throughout the day.

 

 

 

 

 

For the future we will continue to see warmer temperatures for the next few weeks with the promise of rain in the evenings! At Beartooth Flyfishing to adjust to the current weather conditions, our store hours will be 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM for the next few weeks!!

Nymphs: Pat’s Mr. Rubberlegs Olive/Brown, Black, Orange/Brown #6-#8, Geppert’s Mega Emerger #16-#18, Delektable Guide Stone Black/Brown, Olive/Brown #8-#10, Wire Worm Orange/Red #6-#8, Delektable Jig Hook Tungsten Spanker Halo Olive, Silver, Pheasant Tail #16-#18, Formerly Known As Prince #14-#16, BH Lightning Bug Pearl, Gold, Silver #16, Delektable Tungsten BH Big Spanker Warrior #14-#16, BH Shop Vac #14-#16, Three Dollar Dip (GB) Crystal, Brown #6, Geppert’s Crystal Dip Brown #16, Glassy Brassy Zebra Midge #20.

 

Dries: Hi-Vis Pink Thunder Thighs Hopper #14, Panty Dropper Hopper Pink #12-#14, Panty Dropper Hopper Pink #12-#14, Bloom’s Stealth Ant Purple #14-#16, Parachute Adams Sparkle Purple #14-#16, Micro Water Walker Peanut #14-#16, Delektable Lil’ Secret Goldrush #16-#18, Delektable Halo Royal #14, Delektable Lil’ Chubby UV Tan, Royal, UV Cinnamon, UV Rainbow #14-#18, Delektable Chubbyness Rootbeer, Olive/Brown, UV Cinnamon #14-#16, Fat Frank Peach #14, Delektable CDC Elk Hair Caddis Tan, Purple Cinnamon, Holo Olive #14-#18, Snowshoe Trico #20, Etha-Wing Trico Black #20.

Streamers: Yo’ Dali Llama Olive/White #6, Trevor’s Sculpin Natural/Olive #4, Sculpzilla Black, Olive/Tan #8, Slump Buster Squirrel/Gold #6, Mini Loop Sculpin Natural, Olive #6, Articulated Bugger Olive/Black #8, Sheila Sculpin #4, Delektable SS/Single/Double Jtd Screamer Olive/White, Black, White, Yellow, Olive #8, Mini Sex Dungeon Olive #6, Zirdle Olive/Orange #8, Zonker Natural Copper Body, Natural #8.

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July 25th-August 1st | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

As of August 2nd Hoot Owl Restrictions have begun on the lower Madison from Ennis Dam to confluence of the Jefferson River and from 8-Mile Fishing Access to Ennis Reservoir. This  means fishing from 2PM to Midnight in these areas is prohibited. Temperatures have remained safe from 8-Mile to Raynolds Pass Bridge this week but we may be expecting more Hoot Owl restrictions on other parts of this River and other Rivers this Summer as the warm temps continue!

The Heat is on this week! With air temperatures hitting the low to mid 90’s this week, dropping back to the lower 50’s at night, the most productive fishing has been early in the morning and the miracle hour before dark. The river flows this week have been 1,250cfs at Kirby for most of the week with an increase to 1,520cfs at by the end of the week, at Cameron 1,380cfs for most of the week with an increase to 1,640cfs by the end of the week. The weather forecast for the next week is predicted to be cooler with chances of rain which will significantly help Fish and Fisherman!

 

 

 

 

 

We have seen productive subsurface fishing this week especially with Nymphs and a Streamer/Dropper set up. The most productive Dry Fly action in the early morning with ants, Nocturnals, PMD’s, Midges and Tricos! We are still patiently waiting for those tasty Hoppers to arrive and hopefully will see signs in the next 2 weeks!

Nymphs: Geppert Skinny Dip Brown, Pearl, Black #14-#16, Geppert Mega Emerger Pink #16-#18, Geppert’s Crystal Dip Red, Olive, Black #16, Delektable Twinkle Black, Purple #18-#20, GBH Zebra Midge Black #20, Pat’s Rubberleg Black, Olive/Brown #12-#14, Delektable Jig Hook TB Spanker Holo Pink, Pheasant Tail, Miller Time #16-#18, BH Mo River Pheasant Tail #18-#20, BH Lightning Bug Pearl, Gold #16-#20, Delektable Hammerhead TBH Jighead Holo Green #18, BH Lemon Drop #14-#18, Delektable Lil’ Spanker Olive/Green, Purple #16-#18, Shop Vac Brown/Olive #16-#18, Formerly Known as Prince #16-#18, Hogan’s S&M Olive Nymph #16-#18.

Streamers: Yo’ Dali Llama Olive/White #6, Trevor’s Sculpin Natural/Olive #4, Sculpzilla Black, Olive/Tan #8, Slump Buster Squirrel/Gold #6, Mini Loop Sculpin Natural, Olive #6, Articulated Bugger Olive/Black #8, Sheila Sculpin #4, Delektable SS/Single/Double Jointed Screamer Olive/White, Black, White, Yellow, Olive #8.

Dries: Bloom’s Stealth Ant #14-#16, Delektable Flying Ant Black, Purple #14-#16, Delektable Chubbyness Rootbeer, Cinnamon #16,Snowshoe Trico #20, Etha-Wing Dun-Trico #20-#22, Adams Midge Cluster #18, Double Winged Trico Spinner #18, Half Drowned Moth, Hopper, Caddis #16, Hippie Stomper Royal #16-#18, Dornan’s Water Walker September Stone #12-#14, PMD Parachute Rusty Spinner #16-#18, Delektable Lil’ Secret Royal, UV Pink #16-#18, Parachute Adams #14-#16 and Delektable Halo Various Colors for Caddis #16-#18.

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July 18th-July 24th | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Farewell Salmonflies and Goldenstones! While we hate to see you go, we wish your mating went well and we shall see your legacy in three summers time! The River flows this week at Kirby were 1,320cfs at the start of the week and 1,250cfs by Sunday. At Cameron  1,630cfs at the start of the week and 1,490cfs by the end. With the fade of the Dry Stonefly hatch we are seeing subsurface action be very productive! Nymphing and dead drifting Streamers on a tight line with a dropper have caught some whoppers! Caddis, PMD, and Yellow Sally hatches continue, with strong Caddis & PMD Spinner activity early am or late pm and more sporadic surface activity through the heat of the day. As temperatures start to rise this next week we are hopeful for the hopper season to fully kick off within the next couple weeks. In the mean time we have seen some nocturnal Stonefly activity from Ruby Creek to Varney and Ants have been producing some nice fish throughout the River!

 

 

 

 

 

We have been so blessed to get through these past couple years with all the challenges in the world and are very excited to once again have our special event in loving memory of Grandpa John Delekta, who each and every day made the world a better place. The Montana Hope Project Fundraiser had been an annual event for eight years and now we are back to host the event on Saturday and Sunday (July 30th and 31st). The importance of this event is to make a wish come true for the terminally ill, disease stricken, and special needs kids of Montana and their families. With help from the Montana Highway Patrol and many others, our hope is to create awareness and raise funds for a great cause. Please feel free to look further into the Montana Hope Project and how it began at www.montanahope.org

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to make a donation but cannot attend the event, donations can be sent to the address below. Please note on your check “In Memory of John ‘Grandpa’ Delekta so there is no confusion this is a part of our fundraiser. You may also drop off your check or mail them to Beartooth Flyfishing with the same information.

The Montana Hope Project

PO Box 5927

Helena, MT 59604

We’d like to thank you in advance for your support and generosity! We will be providing a percentage of all our sales from July 30th and July 31st to the Montana Hope Project including shop purchases and phoned in orders.

Dries: Bloom’s Stealth Ant Purple #14-#16, Hi-Vis Yellow Thunder Thighs Hopper #12-#14, Morrish Hopper Yellow #14, PMD Parachute Rusty Spinner #14-#16, Parachute Adams #14-18, Purple Haze Split Wing Parachute #14-#16, Delektable Chubbyness Olive/Brown, Cinnamon, Rootbeer, UV Purple, UV Pink #14-#16, Lil’ Hottie #14-#16, Delektable Teaser Purple, PMD, Adams #14-#16, Delektable Slammer Yellow, Cream #12-#14.

Nymphs: BH Guide’s Choice Hare’s Ear #16-#18, Psycho Prince GB Yellow, Purple #14-#18, Formerly Known As Prince #14-#18, BH Lemon Drop #14-#18, Crack Back Bullet Jig Hook Cream #16-#18, Delektable Lil’ Spanker Purple, Pheasant Tail, Blue, Olive Green, and Silver #14-#18, Delektable Guide Stone Olive Brown #8-#10.

Streamers: Delektable SS Jointed Screamer White Olive.Delektable Single and Double Screamer White, Olive, Black, Olive/White #8, Yo Dali Llama Olive/White, Tan/Natural #6, McCune’s Sculpin Olive #4, Trevor’s Sculpin Olive, Natural #4, Mini Loop Sculpin Natural, Olive #6.

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July 7th-July 17th | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

“Incredible, Amazing, Spectacular, Trip of a Lifetime”; these are the words of anglers returning from another epic day on the Upper Madison this week! The Dog Days of Summer are here, high 70’s to high 80’s during the day, with some reprieve with late afternoon thunderstorms and rain. River temperatures have remained stable with cooler temperatures overnight (high 40s) and river flows have been steady 1,290cfs at Kirby and 1,600cfs at Cameron for the week.

 

 

 

 

 

Salmonflies and Goldenstones have continued to move up the River and are popping up around Three Dollar Bridge and Raynolds Pass. Fish are continuing to eat the Big Bugs lower between Lyons and McAtee and some reports of Fish still eating them all the way down to Varney. What an epic year for Dries this year and we will see it continue into Ants and Hoppers in the weeks ahead. Dries have been most productive in the early morning and late afternoon with on and off action during the heat of the day. Nymphs and Streamers have been productive all day and especially Varney to Ennis it would be a good bet to put on a Sculpin and strip for those 2 to 3 footers!!! We are open 7am to 7pm everyday and are here for all your fishing needs, especially swapping fish stories! Come on in for free dark roast coffee, air conditioning, smiling faces, sweet gear and ammo for your fishing adventure!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dries:  Delektable Flying Ant Minimal Purple/ Cinnamon #16-#18, Bloom’s Stealth Ant Purple #16, Para Sipper PMD #16, Delektable Chubbyness Cinnamon, Royal, Rootbeer #12-#16, Delektable Twisted X Yellow/Red, Tan #14-#16, Purple Haze Cripple #14-#16 ,Purple Haze Split Wing Parachute #14-#16, Carlson’s Purple Craze #14-#16, Delektable Teaser Purple and PMD  #14-#16, Delektable Halo Royal, Tan #14-#16, Delektable Mega 2 Tone Chubbyness UV Goldenstone, UV Salmonfly, Orange #8-#12, Delektable Secret Stone UV Salmonfly #6-#8, Delektable Secret Stone UV Goldenstone #10-#12, Delektable Twisted X Orange/Brown #6-#8, Delektable Mega 2 Tone Chubbyness Goldrush #8-#12, Delektable Twisted Sister Salmonfly #6-#4.

Nymphs: Geppert’s Green Emerger Green #16-#18, Geppert’s Crystal Dip Brown #16, Delektable Ranch PMD #18-#16, Delektable Lime Juice, Orange Juice Caddis Emerger #14-#16, Pat’s Rubberleggs Olive/Brown, Black/Brown #8-#10, Delektable Mega Prince Standard Flashback #8-#10, Delektable Jig Hook Tungsten Spanker Pale Olive PMD #16-#18, Psycho Prince GB Yellow, Purple, Caddis Green #14-#18, Delektable Lil’ Spanker Pheasant Tail, Purple #14-#20, Delektable TGBH Sure Strike Yellow/Peacock, Peacock #14-#18, Delektable Prince Brandon #14-#16, Formerly Known as Prince #16-#12, BH Tungsten Yellow Spot #16, Delektable Guide Stone Tan/Brown #12.

Streamers: Delektable Screamers SS/Double/Single Olive & White, Olive, Olive & Black, Brown & Yellow #8, Lady Gaga Rainbow #2, Zonker White #6-#8, Heavy Metal #6, Keller’s Montana Mouthwash Olive #6, Coffee’s Minow Smoke #6, Mini Loop Sculpin Natural, Olive #6, Yo Dali Llama Olive/White, Tan/Natural #6, Sculpzilla Olive/Tan, White, Olive #8-#4.

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