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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