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Fishing Report for the Madison River in Montana 8-16-2019

Fishing Report for the Madison River in Montana 8-16-2019

Fishing Conditions

Fishing on the Madison has been nothing short of excellent. Terrestrials are everywhere, we are even having a hard time keeping them out of the shop. Fishing a double dry setup has been the ticket as of late. Throwing a hopper with an ant behind it has been very successful with large fish willingly eating both. Throwing a caddis behind a hopper has also been working well. Our guides have not been running nymphs lately because the dry fly fishing has been too good; however, we are sure that throwing a flash prince and a lightning bug would pick up fish as well. If you are going to throw streamers you have to commit to it. Dead drifting them down the bank has worked well, but if you want to strip streamers pick a pattern and stick to it. You may not hook a lot of fish, but the fish you do get shots at will be of good size. As always stop in the shop for the best and most up to date recommendations on the river.

Fly Patterns


White Cloud Hopper: 8-12; Arricks Flying Ant (Cinnamon/Black, Purple): 14,16; Para Hopper: 10,12; White Post Hopper: 8; Shanafelts Mongo Hopper: 12; X- Caddis: 14,16; Galloups Ant-Acid:14,16


Delektable lil spanker (silver): 12-16; BH Lightning Bug (silver, gold, purple): 14,16,18; Flash Prince (green, yellow, purple): 14,16,18; Flashback Pheasant tail: 14,16; cdc prince: 14,16


Mini Loop (olive); polar minnow (gold) trevors sculpin (olive, black); mini dungeon (grey, black, cream); mini boogieman(olive); Zonker (copper, silver)

More Info

USGS flow information


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Meadowlark Shuttles


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