Madison River Outfitter Fishing Report 7/31/2018

by Tom Forsberg July 31, 2018


Upper Madison: Nymphing has been the name of the game during the daytime hours. However, terrestrial and spruce moth patterns have been bringing up some fish if you want to fish dries. Caddis and spinner fishing continues to be quite good in the evening and we have also run across a rogue Flav hatch or two when the weather has turned a bit stormy in the afternoons. 

Flies: #16 Rusty Spinner, #16 Missing Link, #16 Purple Rocky Mountain Mint, #14-18 Parachute Caddis, #17 Tan Iris Caddis, #16 Tan X-Caddis, #16-18 Red Neck, #16 Olive Biot Czech, #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Guide Dip, #16 Green Machine


Hebgen Lake: Things still aren’t quite in full swing on Hebgen, but it has been getting better and better with each passing day regarding both Callibaetis and the fish rising to them. Callibaetis nymphs remain the most consistent method of catching fish. 

Flies:  #16 Turkey Callibaetis, #16 Callibaetis Cripple, #16 Parachute Callibaetis


Gallatin: The spruce moth fishing in the mornings has been quite good and should only keep getting better in the coming days. In the evenings look for caddis and spinners to fish well. Nymphing with smaller size #16-18 nymphs will keep you in the game the rest of the day.

* Our special thanks to the crew over at Gallatin River Guides for providing us with the most up-to-date info on the Gallatin



NE Corner: Slough, Soda Butte, and Lamar are all fishing well. For some reason, there has seemed to be more consistent insects coming off on Soda Butte the last few days. Have Green Drakes, Gray Drakes, PMDs, caddis, spinners, terrestrials, and an assortment of droppers handy. We have been having some pretty good afternoon/evening storms rolling through recently so make sure to give us a call or check the USGS streamflow gauge for the Lamar before heading over.

Flies: #12 DOA Green Drake, #12 Missing Link Green Drake, #12 Gray Parawulff, #14-18 Rusty Spinner, #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #16 PMD Missing Link, #17 Iris Caddis, #10-12 Thunder Thighs Hopper, #14 Bogus Beetle,  #8 Simi Seal Leech, #14 Olive Bullet, #14 Red Neck


Yellowstone above the Falls: Drakes, spinners, PMDs, Caddis, stoneflies, terrestrials, and leeches are all worth bringing along. You just never know what these fish are going to rise to, but when they do there’s nothing else like it. 

Flies: #12 DOA Green Drake, #12 Missing Link Green Drake, #14 Rusty Spinner, #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #16 Tan X-Caddis, #8 Salmonfly Razorback, #10 Golden Razorback, #8 Simi Seal Leech


Tom Forsberg
Tom Forsberg


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