Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 8/10/21

by Nick Toller August 10, 2021


Upper Madison: Keep in mind of the Hoot Owl restrictions going on right now through this section and many other rivers in Montana, which means fishing is closed from 2PM until midnight each day. Nymph fishing remains a solid option up until the 2pm closing time. Lately we’ve been fishing perdigons, small attractor patterns, and small caddis/mayfly imitations. Not too many bugs out, but keep an eye out for some caddis and mayfly spinners early. Terrestrial fishing has been fun out there from late morning on, tie on your favorite hopper pattern and get some good drifts. Ants, beetles, and attractor dry flies have had a few fish looking up also.

Flies: #16 Holo-Point, #16 Olive Quill Jig, #16-18 Black Lightning Bug, #16-18 Redneck, #18 Split Case BWO, #16-18 Guide Dip, #10-14 Parachute Hopper, #12-14 Tan Thunder Thighs, #12 Bladerunner Hopper, #16 Nyman’s Flying Ant, #14-16 Arricks Ant, #14 Bogus Beetle


Hebgen: Callibaetis and Tricos have had fish looking up on calm mornings the last couple days on the lake. If you are having a hard time finding rising fish, try searching around with a terrestrial pattern with a pheasant tail or turkey callibaetis nymph trailed a foot or so under your dry fly.

Flies: #16 Callibaetis Sparkle Dun, #16 Callibaetis Sprout,#16 Parachute Adams, #16 Rusty Spinner,  #14-16 Hi-Viz Ant, #14-16 Turkey Callibaetis #12 O.S Opal Buzzer, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, #14 Olive/Red Nugget, #8 Olive or Black Simi Seal Leech



All of Yellowstone Park rivers are under Hoot Owl restrictions also, meaning NO fishing after 2pm.

Gallatin: The Gallatin both in and out of the park has stayed consistent over the last week. Terrestrial fishing has been pretty good, and a double dry rig with a small hopper/ant combo is a safe bet right now. Searching around with smaller attractor dries have been effective as well. Keep an eye out for a few PMD’s, Caddis, and Spruce Moths buzzing around also. If action is slow on the surface, tie a dropper nymph a few feet under that hopper pattern.

Flies: #16 Pink Chili dog, #14 Pink Morrish Hopper, #14 Bladerunner Hopper, #16 Nyman’s Flying Ant, #14-16 Cinnamon Ant, #14 Tan Spruce Moth, #14-16 Royal Stimulator, #16 ParaWulff Adams, #16 Frenchie, #14-16 Lake Prince


NE Corner:  After storms last week caused the Lamar and Soda Butte to blow out, it looks like the water has come back down to lower levels. Despite the low water conditions both continue  to fish well. Terrestrial and attractor dries should have fish looking up, but keep an eye out for fish eating PMD’s and Caddis. Dropper nymphs and fishing streamers through deeper pools has brought a few fish to the net also.

Flies: # 12-16 Tan Chubby Chernobyl, #10-14 Tan Grand Hopper, #14 Brown Foamulator, #14-16 Arricks Ant, #14-16 Parachute Adams, #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #16-18 X Caddis, #16 Olive Quill, #16 Firestarter, #16 Olive Biot Pupa, #6 Olive Sparkle Minnow, # 8 Black Simi Seal Leech


Nick Toller
Nick Toller


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