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Madison River Fishing report 7-28-2017

Madison River Fishing report 7-28-2017

Fishing Conditions

The weekend has begun and it is time to get out and go fishing. July is almost over and the dog days of august are just around the corner. Unlike other rivers in Montana that have been suffering from low water and high water temps lately the Madison is still holding strong . The Madison river is flowing a little above average for this time of year and with the cooler air temps we have experienced the past few days the water temps have stayed between 60-68 degrees. With the water levels above average for this time of year float anglers have been enjoying the whole river with still plenty of water to float. Wade anglers will have more places to fish as the water continues to drop but valley garden and three dollar bridge are still your best bet. The hatches have started to wane but we are still seeing PMD's, Caddis, yellow sallies, nocturnal stones and spruce moths. With the hatches slowing down it time to start thinking about terrestrials, grasshoppers and ants should not be overlooked. The nymphing is as strong as always and streamers are starting to produce fish. The fish are starting to become educated, 4 and 5x fluorocarbon will be your best friend for the rest of the summer. I would concentrate your fishing in the mornings and late evenings for the best results because things can get a little slow during the hottest part of the day. So if your favorite river is on fishing restrictions head on out to the upper Madison you will not be disappointed!

Fly Patterns


KK's Henneberry hopper tan 10-12 royal chubby 12-16 stream bank hopper 12-14 fat Albert 10-12 swishers pix royal 12-18 panty dropper hopper 8-12 purple haze 12-16 elk hair caddis 12-18 spruce moth 12 flying ant cinnamon 12-16 brown foam ant 14-16


green mp pheasant tail 14-18 hogan red headed step child 14-18 delektable lemon juice 12-16 beadhead hares ears 12-18 beadhead flash prince olive 12-18 sure strike peacock 14-16 silvey's edible emerged tan 14-16 redemption PMD 14-16 lightning bugs 14-18 wire worm 10-12


sculpin Shiela 4-6 zonked 4-8 mini loop sculpin 4-8 toolhead sculpin 4-8 bunny sculpin olive 4-6 sparkle minnows silver 6-10

More Info

USGS flow information


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

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