While the river is running clear and weather has been good, the fishing has been a little slower. Action has been better in the afternoons and evenings. As it has been getting down there at night, with recent lows around 28 degrees, allowing the temps to come up a bit will be beneficial.
The majority of fish caught recently have been on smaller dries and nymphs. Our recent recommendations have been dry/dropper rigs, such as Stimi Chew Toy Lime 10-14 with a Baetis Nymph 16-20 trailing about 12-18 inches behind. We have also been having some fun subsurface action on Knotty Girls dark brown and olive 6-8 with a purple lightning bug or zebra midge 14-18 about 16-18 inches below the top fly.
For those of you looking to streamer fish the time is now! Lots of action on zonkers, Montana mouthwash, and Coffee’s sparkle minnows. We have found these are working well dead drifting with a zebra midge or baetis trailing 14-18 inches back.
Our top choice for fishing this time of year!
Right now is a great time to be out on the Madison. Both the upper and the lower are fishing extremely well with flows making for great floating. The fish that have made Hebgen, Quake, and Ennis lakes home for the summer are starting to make their way back up into the river in preparation for the fall spawn. What this means for us is big fish and lots of them. We have had a lot of fun recently both nymph and streamer fishing in these areas. To all of you dry fly fans out there don’t let this discourage you as there has still been a bit of surface action to be capitalized on.
Gallatin River Report –
Fishing has been excellent recently. The Gallatin is running clear, and with the weather we have predicted for this coming week there should be plenty of fish in hand. As the temps have been getting down there at night there is no huge rush to get to the river first thing in the morning. Afternoons have been fishing the best recently.
The majority of fish caught recently have been on smaller dries and nymphs. Our recent recommendations have been dry/dropper rigs, such as Morrish Hopper Pink 10-14 with a Baetis Nymph 16-20 trailing about 12-18 inches behind. We have also been having some fun subsurface action on Knotty Girls dark brown 6-8 with a purple lightning bug 14-18 about 16-18 inches below the top fly.
Also for you streamer junkies out there it is a good time to start rippin’ lip, stripping smaller streamers such as sculpins, wooly buggers, and zonkers seems to be producing some good fish. Stop by the shop and see what we have been having fun with recently.
Madison River Report –
FALL TEMPS ARE UPON US! Uncharacteristic rains have brought water levels up a bit on the Madison and they have been releasing water at the Hebgen Damn. We have not seen any affect on the clarity of the river and high water means happy healthy fish, which puts a smile on all of our faces.
Streamers are seeming to be the ticket right now as the cold temps have made for more aggressive fish. Coffee’s Sparkle Minnow Peacock has been an attractive pattern to those big browns and bows recently, while your standard nymph set ups, such as girdle bugs and baetis patterns, have been producing a good amount of fish as well.
For those dry fly fanatics out there not yet ready to say good-bye to the dry fly season, we have seen some large blue wing olive hatches in the afternoons and early evenings. While the river is not boiling with risers you will notice some coming up to feed on the surface, capitalize on it while you can!