June 12th -18th|Madison River Fishing Report

It’s the middle of June and the river is getting ready to jump into high gear. She is steadily and slowly regaining her glorious shine and clarity. As of today the visibility is in about a 3 foot range and getting better with each passing day. The flows are still a little high with below Hebgen Dam at 1610 CFS and at Kirby 2180. The river is slowly tapering down towards those July flows. With the water at the level it is right now it has been making for exceptionally great bank fishing with no need to jump into our crazy swift slippery river just yet. Also, be cautious still at the bridges with your boat and getting under safely.

Attention! Attention! To all who love the flies above the water and not below the water, the dry fly action is in second gear and really trying to pick up speed. As we are getting warmer weather the water flows are beginning to taper down and we will be getting into those hatching connditions.  As a result the first to arrive is the Bomber Caddis between Palisades and Storey Ditch. These Caddis are special with their bigger Caddis bug size #12-14 and you can cast them and see them more easily while nice varieties of trout will prey on them. The best ways to imitate these wonderful bugs is with Delektable Twisted X or Twisted Sister size #12 in Purple or Tan/Brown, Bloom’s Parachute Caddis sizes #14-16 olive, Delektable CDC Elk Hair Caddis sizes #14-16 Holographic Olive, or try different colors, and the Delektable Twisted Baby sizes #14-16 in purple, tan/brown, or Brown. With these flies you can surely open the season of dry fly fishing right and enjoy a jumping trout from your fly and have a grin across your face and eventually a fish in the net.

As for the down and dark under water approach also known as the nymphing world it is holding a steady pace of ripping lips and catching fish. The flies I would use include the Delektable Sure Strike in sizes #14 and #12, Yellow Psycho Prince in a size #14 or #16, red threaded Prince Size #12, Delektable Hammerhead prince #12 or #14, and Delektable CDC baby size #14. The fish have been really hot for these flies. 

If you think it is going to get cold and you’re holding off on that plane ticket for that last frost to pass. I’m Here to say it is time you must come as all the frost has past this week and the fish are getting very hungry and aggressive. Call us at the shop if you need fly advice and current conditions. Get out there and fish.


October 11-18, 2015 | Upper Madison River Fishing Report

Time for another weekly Upper Madison River fishing report. I’ve been out of the fly shop chasing largemouth bass in Georgia so I added a few shots from there. From what I’ve been told, the temperate fall fishing season keeps going and going and going…

Temperatures in the 70s in the middle of October are keeping this valley busy and lots of people are getting out to throw big streamers at some aggressive trout. The scuplin patterns were also working well in the black and olive colors.  The blue winged olives were coming off throughout the week and continue to do so. You can expect that to improve as the month progresses, especially on the overcast days.

In shop news, Dan Greene has made his annual pilgrunnamed (2)image to southern Oregon in search of steelhead. We haven’t heard much from him and don’t expect to really. He has become one with the river, fish and green trees. Rumor has it he wrangled a toad brown trout before he left. That image has yet to surface though so it’s only hearsay at this point. But, here is the lone bit of communication we have had with him shared via Instagram. @nutcaseskier. Albeit blurry, it looks like he’s doing just fine.

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Also, as a reminder, we have rental gear on sale right now for 60-70% off. All of our boots and waders are in good condition. Some of our Dan Bailey’s waders and Simms boots are in nearly new condition. We have a wide range of sizes still available.  Get them while they last.

-Parker Redmond

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