July 29th-August 4th, 2019| Madison River Fishing Report

Hoppers, Hoppers, and more Hoppers!!! It is hopper season on the Upper Madison River… RIGHT NOW!!! I have not seen this many hoppers in the valley since …. never. Big Dan might say over eight years since…If you want to catch fish on a hopper, now is the time for just that. They are only going to be getting more and more keyed in to them day by day. Double dries are working great right now including Hoppers with different Delektable Chubbyness behind or in front. Also, the Spruce Moths are just getting going and are a good second fly. This is also the time we like to call ‘Hopper Dropper’ time. If you are not getting them on the dry, then they will most likely be eating the dropper you hang under it. PMDs, Caddis and little stones (yellow sally) are all good choices for a dropper. We have been doing well on the Crystal Dip size #16 for the Caddis. People are doing well on the Standard Prince nymph as a Caddis dropper also. I could go through all the possible Droppers you could use, but ill only list a few of the heavy hitters we have seen here in the past week.

  • Delektable Prince Brandon size 16
  • Lemon Drop size 14
  • Crystal Dip size 14 and 16
  • Delektable Lil’ Spankers in Silver and Gold #16
  • Three Dollar Dip Brown size 16
  • Lightning Bug Pearl size 16
  • Golden Stone Tungsten Bead size 16
  • Caddis Pupa Crystal size 16 CH
  • Drifting Hydropsyche Olive size 16
  • Psycho Princes in different colors size 16

Some of the Hoppers we’ve seen go out the door and down the hatch are as follows


  • More-or-less Pink size 12 and 14
  • Fat Albert Yellow, Brown and Red size 10
  • Fat Frank Pink, Tan and Peach size 12
  • White Cloud Tan size 12
  • Dave’s Hopper any size
  • Joe’s Hopper size 12
  • Panty Dropper Hopper Pink size 12

The flying ant is also out there and will be working more as the summer progresses on.

  • Delektable Ant Cinnamon or Red size 14 and 16
  • Delektable Ant Black size 14 and 16
  • Bloom’s Stealth Ant Purple size 16
  • Royal Wulff Split-Wing size 14
  • Yeager’s 409 Red size 14
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