Madison River Outfitters 07/04/2022

by Peter Greubel July 04, 2022

Patty Zolotoff showing off her catch on the Madison


Happy 4th of July Anglers!



Hebgen: The lake has been fishing decently, and it sounds like the fishing is going to get better out there. Nymphing chironomids under an indicator has been most productive, but as always stripping leeches or buggers can be worth your time. On calm mornings look for fish rising to chironomids and maybe even a few Callibaetis.  

Flies:  #12 O.S Opal Buzzer, #16 Pheasant Tail, #14 Olive/Red Nugget, #8 Olive or Black Simi Seal Leech, #8 Olive or Black Hot Bead Goat Leech, #8 Thin Mint, #6 Black/Olive Flash Bugger

Inflow to Hebgen Lake: 590.3 cfs
Hebgen Lake Outflow: 788.6 cfs
Kirby Flows: 1240 cfs
** Flows as of 12 pm July 3, 2022

Upper Madison: It’s a good time of year to be on the Madison! Runoff is finishing up and the river is just about back to running clear. A double nymph rig is still your best bet if you’re looking for numbers, but fishing attractor dry flies or a big chubby Chernobyl has been finding some nice fish as well. With Salmonflies having begun their trip up the river from Enis, the Madison is going to start fishing hot! Be on the lookout for PMD’s in the earlier hours and then caddis in the afternoon/early evenings, and maybe even a few stoneflies cruising around in some lower sections of the river.

Flies: #8-12 Sili Leg, #10-14 Biot Golden Stone, #16-18 Lightning Bug, #14-16 Shop Vac, #16 Krystal Dip, #16 Olive Hot Spot Perdigon, #16 X-Caddis, #16 Missing Link Caddis, #8-12 Tan Chubby Chernobyl, #8 Chili Dog Salmonfly


The Gallatin in YNP should start to fish well in the next week or so. Although its running cold it should start to clear up. Keep an eye out for Stoneflies, Caddis, PMD’s Yellow Sallies, and Green Drakes. If nothing is coming up, your favorite attractor dry should find a fish or two. Water Temps on the Firehole have started to be too hot for ethical fishing, so we recommend finding somewhere else to fish and come back during the fall once water temps cool back down. The gibbon is still fishing well, there’s a chance you’ll still find some PMDs out there hatching in the morning. If you don’t see anything rising, throwing a hopper dropper set up could be productive throughout the day.

Flies: #14-16 Parachute Adams, #16 X-Caddis, #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #16 Front End Loader, #14-16 Royal Wulff, #12-16 Purple Chubby Chernobyl, #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Krystal Dips, #14-18 Flashback Pheasant Tail


Nick Toller with the cleanest fish hold this side of the Mississippi

Peter Greubel
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