Madison River Fishing Report - May 5, 2020

by John Schilling May 04, 2020

Madison River Outfitters Fly Shop Opens May 5th

Fly Shop Hours - Daily 9am - 7pm

Madison River Fly Fishing ReportPicture by MRO Guide Jake Schilling

Madison River Stream Flows

West Yellowstone - 821cfs  Temp - 58f
Hebgen Dam - 1040cfs  Temp - 39f
Kirby Ranch - 1390cfs   Temp - 47f
Cameron - 1650cfs

Snow Water Equivalent 

Madison - 93
Gallatin -103 %
Upper Yellowstone - 103%
Yellowstone - 107%

Upper Madison River Fishing Report
Photo by MRO Guide Nick Toller - Nice Rainbow Lindsey

It’s finally feeling a little more like spring in the West Yellowstone and the Madison Valley.  We’ve had some nice sunny days with rainy days mixed in.  Temperatures have been getting close to the 70’s and the valley is starting to green up and the ice is starting to come off Hebgen and Quake Lake.  Runoff is also beginning with the West Fork of the Madison beginning to pump a little mud, but nothing too bad yet.  Most of the other feeder streams are still running pretty clear.


Fly Shop - West Yellowstone Montana
MRO Guide Tom Forsberg
The gang from the fly shop has been out floating the Upper Madison River almost daily and having good luck with the fish.  Nymphing has been the most consistent but we’re getting a few fish on dries and streamers also.  If we get a few more warm days hopefully we’ll start to see some baetis start to hatch more consistently.
We are all excited about the fly shop opening up today.  The winter seemed long this year and spring was, well, we all know about spring.  We’ll be taking extra precautions to keep our staff and you safe.  Be sure to stop by the fly shop to say hi and pick up any fly fishing supplies you need.
Yellowstone National Park - Fly Fishing
Photo by MRO Guide Nick Toller - With Richard Kline
MRO Team Members' Favorite Flies this 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 FB Pheasant Tail
#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
#6-8 Black or Tan Sparkle Minnow
#2 Olive or Black/Purple Slap-N-Tickle

John Schilling
John Schilling



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