Madison River Fishing Report 10/12/21

by Nick Toller October 12, 2021


Upper Madison: Fishing has been a little slower in the mornings as of late, but once things warm up a bit nymphs and streamers have been finding some fish. Small mayfly patterns, dips, perdigons, and small stones have been the ticket lately. BWO’s have been out just about every day, especially on the overcast afternoons so keep your eyes open for rising fish.

Flies: #16-18 Black Krystal Dip, #16-18 Shop Vac, #18 BBQ Baetis, #18 Split Case BWO, #10-12 Sili Leg, #14 Lake Prince, #16 Olive Bullet, #18-20 Parachute BWO, #18-20 Low Water Baetis, #6 Olive Sparkle Yummy, #4 Black Slap & Tickle, #8 Thin Mint


Hebgen: Stripping buggers/leeches or nymphing under an indicator will be your best options on the lake as of late. With leeches and buggers, switch up your retrieval until you find something the fish like.

Flies: #8 Black or Olive Simi Seal Leech, #6 Flash-a-Bugger, #6 Olive or Black Hot Bead Leech, #8 Thin Mint, #16 Pheasant Tail, #14-16 Turkey Callibaetis, #12 O.S. Buzzer


Gallatin: No need to get too early of a start if you want to fish the Gallatin. Take your time and let things warm up a little. Nymphs, soft hackles, and small streamers are all in play. Be watching for fish rising to BWO’s on the nastier afternoons.

Flies: #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Green Lightning Bug, #16-18 Black Krystal Dip, #18 ICU Midge, #18 Split Case BWO, #14 Partridge and Peacock, #16 Soft Hackle Hares Ear, #18 Parachute Adams, #18 Tilt Wing BWO, #18 Baetis Cripple, #8 Simi Seal Leech, #6 Olive Slumpbuster


Madison/Firehole: We have been seeing and hearing of more and more lake fish being caught. Hopefully this weather the next few days pushes some big trout up into the rivers. Swinging soft hackles, along with stripping/swinging streamers has been productive, and nymphing has been finding some fish as well. On the Firehole soft hackles remain the most consistent method, but watch out for fish rising to BWO’s and maybe a few White Miller Caddis.

Flies: #8-10 Partridge and Pheasant Tail, #8-10 Partridge and Peacock, #14 Diving Caddis, #8 Simi Seal Leech, #6  Black Mini Sex Dungeon, #6 Olive Sparkle Minnow, #10-12 Sili Legs, #14-16 Lake Prince, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, #, #18 Tilt Wing BWO, #18-20 Sprout Baetis


NE Corner: Similar to the Gallatin, these rivers are running pretty cold so take your time in getting over there. Watch for some Drake Mackerels and baetis to be hatching, bring some streamers patterns to throw around if nothing is rising.

Flies: #12 Drake Mackerel Cripple, #14 Parachute Hares Ear, #18-20 Parachute BWO, #18-20 Sprout Baetis, #6 Olive Sparkle Minnow, #6 Black Mini Sex Dungeon, #8 Black Simi Seal Leech



Nick Toller
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