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Fishing Report Upper Madison River 5-13-2016

Fishing Report Upper Madison River 5-13-2016

Fishing Conditions

The cooler weather and even the snow event have helped the Madison River. It locked the snow in the higher elevations and cleaned up the river. Right now the entire Upper Madison River is completely fishable. The water has about 1-1.5 feet of clarity at the Ennis Town Access. Reports from just yesterday are good. Remember there is still a bunch of water in the Madison River and it is running around 2000CFS at Varney. While not historically high it makes the floating require a little more concentration. Also the fish require a good drift in the correct spot. They will not move in the bigger water. We have been finding them near the bank in all the slower pockets. Nymphing and streamer fishing is the name of the game in the bigger water. Big dark bodied rubber leg stuff has been the winner as well as the pink and red san juan. Get them in the spots and down and you will get a wiggle. If your wade fishing the best is still the Reynolds Pass all the way to West Fork. Reports are great. Concentrate on the slower water behind rocks, around islands and along the bank. On cloudy days remember the BWO are still around as the fish are keying on the smaller techy may fly stuff.

Fly Patterns


Goulds BWO 14-16, Purple Haze 14, Sparkle Dunn 14, Peacock Caddis 12, Parachute Adams 12-16,


Pats Rubber leg in Black, Coffee, or Brown 6-10, Mega Prince 6-10, Hurless Stone 6-10, Lightning Bug 14-16, Psyco May 16, Purple Lightning Bug 16, Bruised Baetis 16, Prince Nymph 14, Psyco Prince 14, Sparkle Prince 14, Pheasant Tail soft hackle 14


Mini Loop Olive 4, Trevors Olive 4, Sparkel Minnow Sculpin 4-10, Sculpzilla Olive or Natural, Trash Can Streamer 4, Hay Maker 4, Montana Mouth Wash Olive 4, Zonker Olive or Natural 4-10

More Info

USGS flow information


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