Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 7/24/2018

by Tom Forsberg July 24, 2018


Upper Madison: We are still seeing some caddis, PMDs, and Yellow Sallies coming off throughout the day, but the overall insect activity during the late morning and afternoon hours has somewhat slowed. You can find fish working in the mornings and especially in the evenings. From about 7 pm until dark the caddis and spinner fishing has been quite good.   During the heat of the day, nymphing has been the most consistent way of catching fish. Smaller nymphs in the #16-18 range have been best. 

Flies: #14 Full Tilt Sally, #16 Rusty Spinner, #16 PMD Missing Link, #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #16 Purple Rocky Mountain Mint, #14-18 Parachute Caddis, #17 Tan Iris Caddis, #16 Front End Loader, #12-14 Biot Golden Stone, #16-18 Red Neck, #16 Olive Biot Czech, #14-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Guide Dip, #16 Green Machine


Hebgen Lake: We are still waiting for any consistency when it comes to Hebgen. There have been a few fish working on top some mornings when there are callibaetis out, but otherwise callibaetis nymphs continue to be most effective. On the bright side, it should only keep getting better from here on out.

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


Gallatin: Caddis remain prevalent and there are still a few PMDs hanging around. There have been rumors of spruce moths from around the mouth of the canyon up, so be on the lookout for that in the coming days. Small nymphs in the #16-18 range and soft hackles continue to work well also. 


* 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: After a number of storms late last week Slough, Lamar, and Soda Butte are all running clear again and fishing well. Drakes, caddis, PMDs, and terrestrial patterns should have you covered. This time of year, bring a few tungsten bead droppers and smaller streamers just in case.

Flies: #12 DOA Green Drake, #12 Missing Link Green Drake, #14 Rusty Spinner, #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #10-12 Thunder Thighs Hopper, #14 Bogus Beetle,  #8 Simi Seal Leech, #14 Olive Bullet, #12 Quill Jig


Yellowstone above the Falls: This stretch of the river is currently quite high, but it is running clear and has been fishing well. Bring an assortment of flies including salmonflies, goldens, Green Drakes, PMDs, caddis, spinners, nymph droppers and smaller streamers. Stalking the banks and trying to spot a fish before casting to it tends to be far more effective than randomly prospecting in this particular stretch of the river.

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


Tom Forsberg
Tom Forsberg


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