Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 6/18/18

by Tom Forsberg June 18, 2018


Upper Madison: The water levels dropped significantly about a week ago and have since remained pretty steady for the last few days. Nymphing remains the best method for success. Caddis have gotten a little more sporadic with the recent inclement weather and that will likely continue throughout the week. Fishing a stonefly rubber legs fly with a hot spot/tag dropper has been working quite well. Try to focus on getting good drifts in the soft water and along the banks.

Flies: #8-10 Sili Legs, #16 Iron Lotus, #14-16 Red Neck, #14 Orange Bullet, #16 Crystal Dip, #12 Purple Hot Spot Jig, #14 Tan EC Caddis, #14 Elk Hair Caddis

Hebgen Lake: Hebgen has been good when you can sneak in a calm morning out there. The same tactics of Chironomid nymphs and pheasant tails under an indicator is still your best bet for consistent action. 

 Flies: #16 Snowcone, #16 Peacock Chironomid, #16 Turkey Callibaetis, #16 Pheasant Tail


Madison/Firehole: With stormy, cloudy weather being called for over the next few days, the PMD fishing should be good on these rivers. You still may see some White Millers hanging around the Firehole as well. As usual, if you don’t run into risers, swinging soft hackles and leeches is a fun way to catch fish in there. Similarly, you could prospect the Madison, Firehole Canyon, and/or the Gibbon with a Salmonfly any time of day and likely raise a few fish still looking for them. 

Flies: #16 PMD Parachute, #16 PMD Klinkhammer, #14-16 Elk Hair Caddis, #10-12 Partridge & Green, #10-12 Partridge & Orange, #8 Simi Seal Leech, #6 Flash-A-Bugger

Tom Forsberg
Tom Forsberg


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