Fishing Report Upper Madison 4-11-2015

Fishing Conditions

The Madison River is fishing good right now.  The biggest challenge  to catching fish is the weather and the famous spring Madison Wind.  You should see hatches of BWO’s each and every afternoon and the fish have taken notice.   They are on the nymphs earlier then look for heads in the calmer water behind rocks, the inside bends and slicks.   The bobber lobbers will still do well with nymphs in the morning and evening and even during the hatch.    Typical Madison stuff like rubber leg stone fly nymphs, eggs and techy mayfly nymphs will keep you bent.  Flows continue to be stable and water temps are getting right to the sweet spot.   If your floating it is a bit boney and expect to trade some paint with a few rocks.  The powers that be at the dam are holding a bit of water this spring and keeping the river a bit low. Our opinion this is good conservative thinking as we might need every drop come summer.

Fly Patterns


Shuck Off BWO 14-16: Purple Haze 14-16: Parachute Adams 14-16: Para P-Tail 14: RS2 Olive 16-18


Pats Rubber Legg in black or coffee/black 6,8,10: Copper John 10,12: Zebra Midge 14,16,18: San Juan Worm 10,12: Soft hackle PT 14: Laniers Lucient 14,16: Hide a bead Baetis 14,16: Psyco May 14,16: Delectable Hurless Stone 6,8,10: Mega Prince 6,8,10:  Flashback P-Tail: Hide a bead Baetis 14,16,18: M’s Anto May Olive 14,16,18


Sparkle Minnow Sculpin size 4, sparkle Minnow Ghost Size 6, Sculpzilla Olive 4,8: Bow River bugger size 6: Mini Loop Sculpin 6: Haymaker sculpin olive, Grand Master Flash Brown,

Shuttle Services:

Meadowlark Shuttles


Dorothy’s Shuttle Service
Quake to Ennis Lake

Fishing Reports and Trips

  • Fishing Reports

  • Want to know the most up-to-date information to find where the fish are biting? The Tackle Shop Fishing Reports provide you with a comprehensive look at current water conditions, recent hatches and flow data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

  • View Reports
  • Float Trips

  • The Tackle Shop offers a range of full-day and half-day float trips in the Madison River Valley area. The trips are all-inclusive and cover files, rods, reels, waders and boots. Leave your worries behind and let us give you the fly fishing trip of a lifetime.

  • View Trips
  • Walk/Wade Trips

  • Enjoy one of our full-day or half-day walk and wade trips for a more immersive, slower-paced fly fishing experience. The Tackle Shop will cater to your individual needs so you are able to take in the sights and sounds of the best waters in Montana.

  • View Trips
Scroll to Top