Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 8/16/2022

by Peter Greubel August 16, 2022


Hebgen: Callibaetis, Chironomids, and Tricos are all on the menu right now. Gulper fishing has been hit or miss the last few days, but there’s been enough fish looking up to keep you busy chasing them most mornings. Fishing a Callibaetis dry fly with a turkey callibaetis or a small pheasant tail nymph dropped off the back has been effective as late.

Flies:  #14-16 Turkey Callibaetis, #12 O.S Opal Buzzer, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, #14 Olive/Red Nugget, #8 Olive or Black Simi Seal Leech, #8 Olive or Black Hot Bead Goat Leech, #8 Thin Mint, #6 Black/Olive Flash Bugger


Inflow to Hebgen Lake: 756.9 cfs
Hebgen Lake Outflow: 1073.7 cfs
Kirby Flows: 1170 cfs
** Flows as of 12 pm Aug. 15, 2022


Upper Madison: Hoppers, ants, beetles and attractor patterns have had a fish looking up lately. Nymph fishing remains very consistent with smaller caddis and mayfly patterns. While a hopper dropper gives the best of best worlds. It’s pretty hot out there, hopefully the afternoon storms in the last couple days help cool things down. Keep an eye on water temperature at the Kirby gauge, as it’s getting up to 68 degrees most afternoons.

Flies: #16-18 X Caddis, #16-18 Peacock Caddis, #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #16 Purple Parachute, #12-16 Tan Chubby Chernobyl, #12-14 Pink Thunder Things, #14-16 Arricks Ant, #14-16 Hi Viz Ant, #16-18 Redneck, #16-18 Guide Dip, #16-18 Pheasant Tail



Gallatin:  Still some hatches of PMDs, Caddis, and some little stoneflies going on most days here. If you aren’t finding fish rising, try doing some searching with your favorite attractor dry fly pattern. A hopper dropper combo with a heavier nymph trailing is a good option now as well.


Flies: #14-16 Parachute Adams, #16 Lime Trude, #14-16 Royal Stimulator, #14-16 Tan Chubby Chernobyl, #12 Pink Morrish Hopper, #16-18 Tan Elk Hair Caddis, #16-18 Rusty Spinner

Water Temps on the Firehole, Gibbon, and Madison have started to be too hot for ethical fishing, so we recommend finding somewhere else to fish and come back during the fall once water temps cool back down. Instead look towards the Yellowstone River where the water level is coming down slowly and the fishing has been good on small mayfly imitations.


Peter Greubel
Peter Greubel


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