Madison River Fishing Report will be presented to you in one entire
season. Why? because it rarely changes except for one thing - the weather.
Here's what we recommend. Do your research, search the internet for
Madison River fly fishing report, call some fly shops, buy the new "Fly
Fishing the Madison River DVD" and when you get to West Yellowstone
or Ennis contact the local fly shop for the latest hatches, flow, patterns
and bear attacks. So why give a weekly Madison River Fly Fishing Report.
Here it is in a nutshell.
will cover the most prolific insect hatches of the Madison River from
Yellowstone National Park to below Quake Lake to the town of Ennis.
The season opener in Yellowstone National Park and on the Madison River
typically has good baetis hatches on overcast days and on sunny days,
the caddis emergence can be quite good. By the first week of June start
to look for Salmonflies particularly along the boulder banks. During
this time be sure to check out the Firehole. The Salmonfly hatch can
be short but prolific here. Below Quake Lake, the Madison River is in
runoff. During this stage, streamers and large nymphs, close along the
bank, are very productive and attractor dry fly patterns will bring
up some fish. Have Baetis Sparkle Duns and Iris Caddis patters along
pheasant tails, birds nests and your favorite streamers.
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Early June is Salmonfly time on the Madison River in the park and by
mid June look for PMD's especially on overcast days and watch for the
last of the baetis that will still be lingering. On sunny days, look
for PMD spinners in the morning and the Hydropsyche caddis will emerge.
By the 3rrd week of June, Caddis below Quake becomes active along with
PMD's and the famous Salmonfly hatch. The Salmonflies will appear above
Ennis Lake and progress for the next 2 weeks to Raynolds Bridge and
end between the lakes. Have a good supply of PMD Sparkle Duns, X Caddis,
Elk Hairs, Nicks Sunken Stones, Kaufmann Stones, Rubber Legs and Bitch
Early July the Salmonflies end. Golden Stones will follow the same course
as their larger cousins for the next week. PMD's will slowly end as
the summer heat intensifies. During sunny days the Hydropsyche caddis
is the predominant hatch throughout the month with and occasional Flavinea
hatch on stormy overcast days. Towards the end of July the Epeorus Mayfly
along with evening caddis are the main staples. Throughout the summer
heat especially July have plenty of Ants and Beetle patterns. Have plenty
of Iris and X Caddis, Crystal Serendipities, Shop Vacs and Prince Nymphs.
Epeorus will make its final push for a few more weeks during the cooler
evening hours be sure to have both duns and spinners. August is typically
terrestrial month so be prepared with hoppers, ants and beetles. Attractors
seem too effective. The fish have been clobbered so don't play them
to death since it's all cumulative with every angler release ratio.
Flies to have are Epeorus Sparkle Duns and Foam Spinners, Foam Ants,
Beetles and Hoppers.
By September, the Madison River fishing is winding down as far as hatches
are concerned. The crowds are gone, the fish are tired, and the river
is yours. Have fun floating and stripping streamers and enjoy the memories
till next spring. Bugger, Woolhead Sculpins and any streamer you like.
October will bring the last significant hatch of the year with the Baetis
Mayfly. This is the same baetis as spring except a size or 2 smaller.
The same tactics and conditions apply and the fish are just as eager.
Look to the pockets behind boulders and fish the slicks. Once again
Baetis Sparkle Duns, Pheasant Tails all in 20 - 24's
Tie some flies. If you're obsessed, like some people we know, fish midges
during the long relentless winter.