Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 8/17/2020

by Tom Forsberg August 18, 2020


Upper Madison: We are starting to see a few more natural hoppers finding their way into the river. This has led to noticeably more confident takes during this past week, though we will still have a fair amount of lookers and nippy fish. A hopper with an ant has been a great combo throughout the day, especially from about 11am on. Smaller hoppers in the size #10-12 range have been out-fishing larger patterns pretty consistently. A Holo Point or Perdigon dropper has also been a really consistent producer. As an added bonus, the nymph bite has been great for this time of year, although you can expect to pick up a good number of whitefish doing this. 

Flies: #12 Tan and Pink Chili Dogs, #8-12 Tan and Pink Thunder Thighs, #16-18 Arrick’s Ant, #12-16 Royal Wulff, #14-16 Parawullf, #16-18 Krystal Dip, #14-16 Green Machine, #14-18 Red Neck, #16 Olive Hot Spot Perdigon, #14 HoloPoint, #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Olive S.H. Hare’s Ear, #16 Shop Vac


Hebgen: The lake has been fishing well more days than not. Look for fish working to Callibaetis and Tricos until the wind picks up in the morning. 

Flies: #14-16 Turkey Callibaetis, #16 Parachute Callibaetis, #16 Callibaetis Cripple, #16 Callibaetis Spinner, #20 Calf Wing Trico Spinner 


Gallatin: Terrestrials and attractors have now pretty much become the name of the game on the Gallatin also. Like the Madison, a tungsten headed dropper will pick up some fish under a hopper or large attractor. It would still be worth taking a peek in the canyon stretch for spruce moths if you’re headed up that way.

Flies:  #12 Tan and Pink Chili Dogs, #12-14 And and Orange Spruce Moth, #12-16 Royal Wulff, #14-16 Parawullf, #12-14 Lime Trude


Yellowstone National Park

Slough/Soda Butte/Lamar: After not being able to venture to the NE corner for the last few days due to the road between Norris and Mammoth being closed for a water main break, we are excited that the road has reopened and we can resume our fishing there. Not much has changed in the way of fishing. Bring your hoppers, ants, beetles and a few tungsten head droppers just in case.

Flies: #12 Tan and Pink Chili Dogs, #8-12 Tan and Pink Thunder Thighs, #14-16 Arrick’s Ant, #14 Royal Trude, #14 Holo Point, #12 Spanish Bullet

Tom Forsberg
Tom Forsberg


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