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Madison River Fishing Report 8-25-18

Madison River Fishing Report 8-25-18

Fishing Conditions

The last week of August is upon us and boy what an august we have had. The upper Madison River here by Ennis has fish amazingly well. We have enjoyed what some have considered the best hopper season we have seen in years. The Madison river flow today was still about 1,200 cfs and the temperature has been ranging from the mid fifties to the mid sixties. The Madison Valley has been seeing some pretty cold nights as of late and there seems to be no hurry to get out at the crack of dawn. The fishing is still pretty consistent river wide we are seeing hoppers, ants, trico’s and some spruce moths still. With the cooler night time temps we have started to fish more nymphs and streamers in the morning instead of just going dry or die. Float anglers are enjoying success from Lyons bridge to Ennis and Wade Anglers have been having luck at Valley Garden (Just look out for the moose). We have been liking smaller chubbies, water walkers, and other floating hopper patterns with a dropper we like cdc princes, small worms, micro may’s in the morning and ants and caddis in the afternoon. Dont forget the Ennis on the Madison Fly Fishing Festival Labor Day weekend. It is going to be a blast with speakers, music, booths, food, and fun for the entire family. Daily specials in the store as well as the guide favorite flies. Remember the coffee and friendly advice are always free.

Fly Patterns


Chubbies 8-14, Water walkers 8-14, Evans Baby Foam Hopper 12, PMX 12, Royal Wulff Spider 12, Ant Acid 14, para ant purple 14, Foam Ant 14, X Caddis 14, Purple Haze 14


Prince 12, CDC Prince 14, Sparkel Prince 14, Psyco May 14, Crack Back may 14, Lightning Bug 14, Wire Worm red


Zonker 12, Sculpzilla 10, Shelia 4, Mini Loop 4

More Info

USGS flow information


Shuttle Services:

Meadowlark Shuttles


Dorothy’s Shuttle Service
Quake to Ennis Lake

Justin Capps Posted by Justin Capps Passionate Fly fisherman and outdoorsmen. 

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