Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 7/23/2023

by Tyler Amory July 24, 2023

What're you doing reading this? Go fish!


Hebgen: Fishing on the lake has been getting better every day. Anglers are catching fish in both the Madison and Grayling arms. Callibaetis season is rapidly approaching, look out for gulpers cruising around shallow. Leeches and nymphs are also productive.
Flies: #8 Black or Olive Simi Seal Leech, #6 Flash-a-Bugger, #6 Olive or Black Hot Bead Leech, #8 Thin Mint, #18 BBQ Baetis, #14-16 Turkey Callibaetis, #12 O.S. Buzzer, #20 Low Water Baetis, #16 Purple Missing Link
Inflow to Hebgen Lake: 946 cfs
Hebgen Lake Outflow: 1141 cfs
Kirby Flows: 1260 cfs

** Flows as of 8 am July 23rd, 2023 **

Upper Madison: Nymphing a two fly set up will be your most productive method right now, think smaller if you're nymphing (#16 and smaller). Fish are actively feeding on caddis, PMD's, Yellow Sallies, and small chubbies. Attractors are fishing well additionally. Terrestrials like hoppers, beetles, and ants should start fishing soon.
Flies: #16-18 Redneck, #16-18 Guide Dip, #16 PMD Split Case #16-18 PMD Loop-Wing, #14 Olive Hot Spot, #16 Pink or Tan Chili-Dog, #14 Butch Sally #15 CDC Elk Hair Caddis #6 Olive Slump-Buster, #4 Olive/White Barely Legal


The Yellowstone river and its tributaries are open and fishing well! 

Madison near West Yellowstone: 415 cfs
Yellowstone below Yellowstone Lake : 2960 cfs
Gibbon: 138 cfs
Gallatin near Big Sky: 550 cfs

** Flows as of 8 am July 23rd 2023 **

Gallatin: The Gallatin is seeing a multitude of hatches, and is low and clear in the park section. Nymphing has been very productive. Look out for fish rising on Caddis, PMD's, and BWO's. Ants are beginning to fish very well with other terrestrials soon to follow.
Flies: #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Green Lightning Bug, #16-18 Black Krystal Dip, #18 ICU Midge, #18 Split Case PMD, #18 Parachute Adams, #18 Tilt Wing BWO, #16 Rocky Mtn Mint PMD, #18 Baetis Cripple, #14 Royal Stimulator, #16 Arrick's Ant
Madison/Firehole/Gibbon: The Firehole is too warm to ethically fish. The Madison in the park has been slow. If you do choose to fish the Madison, try to get off the water by 11am/12pm. The Gibbon is still cool and fishing well. Try dries in the mornings and soft hackles during the mid-day lull.
Flies: #8-10 Partridge and Orange, #8-10 Partridge and Pheasant Tail, #14 Prince Nymph, #16-18 Frenchie, #14 Diving Caddis, #18-20 Parachute BWO, #18-20 Griffith’s Gnat, #16 Rocky Mtn Mint PMD, #16 Royal Stimulator, #14 Larimer's Yellow Sally

Yellowstone/NE Corner: The Yellowstone is low and clear enough to begin fishing well. Hunt around for rising cutties when you see bugs flying. The Lamar is fishing great as well. Look for fish rising on Sallies, PMD's and Drakes. Pink, purple, and red chubbies will also fish well.
Flies: #18-20 Parachute BWO, #18-20 Sprout Baetis, #16 Rocky Mtn Mint PMD, #16 Butch Sally, #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #14 pink/purp/red Chubby Chernobyl, #6 Black Hot Bead Leech, #6 Olive Slump-Buster, #6 Olive/Black Crystal Bugger

We are still booking float, & walk/wade trips for the 2023 season. Give us a call if you have any questions or are looking to book a guided trip. 

Tyler Amory
Tyler Amory


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