Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 5/11/21


by Tom Forsberg May 11, 2021

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Montana

Upper Madison: The weather can’t quite decide what it wants to do the past week (welcome to spring in MT) and we are still in pre-runoff conditions. Overall the fishing has been pretty consistent. Nymphing will be most productive, though with this cloudy and rainy weather we have been getting this week you can look for and expect to see some baetis in the later mornings and afternoon hours. Rubber legs or a worm with a smaller dropper has been working best for us. If things are slow on the rubber legs don’t hesitate to switch it out and fish two smaller nymphs. We have also had some pretty good streamer fishing days over the last week if that’s more your speed.    

Flies: #8-10 Black Sili Legs, San Juan Worm, #16 Orange Head Mary, #16 Olive Hot Spot Perdigon, #14-16 Red Neck, #16 Bullet Quill, #16-18 BWO Klinkhammer, #18-20 Parachute BWO, #18-20 Low Water Baetis, #6 Mini Sex Dungeon, #8 Hot Bead Goat Leech 

 

Hebgen: Plenty of folks have been fishing the open water along the north shore. We have heard varying reports and fishing seems to be a bit hit or miss thus far. Stripping a leech slowly or fishing chironomid nymphs under an indicator are your two best options. Things should only pick up and get better as we continue into spring. 

Flies: #14 Black/Red Nugget, #12 Opal/Red Buzzer #16 Peacock Chironomid, #16 Pheasant Tail, #8 Thin Mint, #8 Olive or Black Simi Seal Leech

 

Gallatin: The Gallatin below Taylor Fork is relatively high and dirty at the moment. Much like the Madison, throwing a larger rubber legs or worm with a smaller trail fly will be your best bet, but the Madison is a better option for the time being.

Flies: #8-10 Black Sili Legs, San Juan Worm, #16 Orange Head Mary, #16 Olive Hot Spot Perdigon, #14-16 Red Neck, #16 Bullet Quill 

 

 




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