Madison River Fishing Report For April 21, 2020

by John Schilling April 21, 2020

Madison River Fishing Report for 04/21/2020

Madison River Fishing Report
Picture by MRO Guide Mickey Wooten 

Madison River Stream Flows

West Yellowstone - 504cfs  Temp - 59f
Hebgen Dam - 1030cfs  Temp - 37.5f
Kirby Ranch - 1130cfs   Temp - 48f
Cameron - 1270cfs

Snow Water Equivalent 

Madison - 102%
Gallatin - 112%
Upper Yellowstone - 122%
Yellowstone - 125%

Fly Fishing on the Madison RiverPicture by MRO Guide Tom Forsberg - Nice Rainbow Dani

After a week of cold temps, snow and big-time wind, a few of the crew were able to get out on the Madison River this week.  Surprising how nice temps in the 50's feel. The fishing was steady with nymphs and swinging while still catching some on dries and streamers.

Our snowpack continues to hold steady while actually increasing in a few zones.  It's going to make for some happy fish later this summer.  And boy am I ready for summer and long days on the rivers.

We have been getting a lot of calls on whether the ice is off of Hebgen Lake. Well, I got four words for you "bring your ice auger" if you are looking to fish the lake.

Trout Spey Fishing on the Madison RiverPicture by MRO Guide Jake Schilling

With that being said we’ve been able to catch some nice trout while fishing with dries, nymphs, and streamers.  Below is a general consensus of what everybody has been catching fish on.  Not much has changed since last week


#16-20 Parachute Adams
#16-18 Front End Loader
#18-20 Missing Link
#14 Royal Chubby


#10-12 Black Rubber Leg
#16-18 $3 DIp
#16-18 Black Zebra Midge
#16-18 Iron Lotus
#14-16 Czech Frenchie

Streamers/Trout Spey

#4-6 Olive Bugger w/ Orange hotbead
#4-6 Black Bugger w/ Orange hotbead
#6 Tan Sparkle Minnow
#2 Olive Slap-N-Tickle

 Montana Fly Fishing Report

Ty and Noah

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John Schilling
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