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Madison River Montana Fishing Report for August 10, 2018

Madison River Montana Fishing Report for August 10, 2018

Fishing Conditions

August is here and the Fly fishing is still really good on the Madison River. Not sure if it is the amount of snow we had this winter leading to more water in the river or the fact that the dam is finally fixed and drawing cold water from the bottom of the lake but the fishing has been out of sight for August. The Madison River is a dry fly fishermans paradise right now. Hoppers, ants, caddis, moths and attractors are getting it done river wide. We can not remember when the dry fly fishing has been this good this late. It is really an August to remember. Keep in mind that the fish are getting wiser and the 2X to the dry just will not cut it any more. We have been throwing 4x and the really crazy have been doing the 5X game. Yes 5X might get more strikes but most times you can not hold them in the current and need a little luck. If Mr. Murphy shows up and he usually does that fish now has jewelry. We have been liking smaller chubbies, water walkers, and other floating hopper patterns with some floating trailer. Ants, moths, and caddis are the favorites. Its really good out there right now despite the heat and as long as we maintain more normal temps we will keep the good fishing. 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


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

John Way Posted by John Way

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