Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 8/31/21

by Nick Toller August 31, 2021


Upper Madison: Not much has changed on the Madison since last weeks report. Nymph fishing a two fly set up remains a safe bet, we have been running smaller flies (#16-18) as of late. Terrestrials and attractor dry flies have had have fish looking up most afternoons, so don’t forget your hoppers, ants, and beetles. A  dry dropper rig with a nymph a few feet underneath your favorite hopper pattern can be a fun and productive way to fish this time of year. Streamer fishing has been finding a few fish in the early mornings and then again later in the evening.  

Flies: #16-18 Redneck, #16-18 Black Lightning Bug, #18 Higa’s SOS, #16-18 Shop Vac, #18 Zebra Midge, #16 Holo-Point, #16 Firestarter #10-14 Parachute Hopper, #12 Tan Chili Dog, #16 Arricks Ant, #16 Parachute Ant, #16-18 Royal Wulff Cripple, #16-18 Purple Parachute, #16 Rusty Spinner #6 Mini Peanut Envy, #6 Olive Sparkle Minnow


Hebgen: Still fishing pretty good out there before the wind picks up. Keep an eye out for fish working to Callibaetis and Tricos, and hanging a pheasant tail or turkey callibaetis nymph under a callibaetis dry or Parachute Adams has been effective. If fish aren’t rising, nymphing under an indicator and stripping leeches and buggers should find you some fish.

Flies: #16 Callibaetis Sparkle Dun, #16 Callibaetis Sprout,#16 Parachute Adams, #16 Rusty Spinner,  #14-16 Hi-Viz Ant, #14-16 Turkey Callibaetis, #16-18 Pheasant Tail, #14 Olive/Red Nugget, #8 Olive or Black Simi Seal Leech, #6 Flash a Bugger



Gallatin: Hoppers, ants, and beetles remain the name of the game on the Gallatin. Small attractor dries have had a few fish looking up as well. Nymph fishing has been a solid option throughout the day with smaller flies, and a dry dropper combo has brought some fish to the net the past couple days.  

Flies: #16 Pink Chili Dog, #12-14 Grand Hopper, #16 Arricks Ant, #16 Nyman’s Flying Ant, #14-16 Bogus Beetle, #16-18 Royal Wulff, #16-18 Purple Parachute


Madison/Firehole: The Madison in the park has fished well with terrestrials and attractor dry flies. Swinging small soft hackles and leeches has been fooling a few fish too. Be sure to have a stream thermometer or check the gauge before heading here, as water temps have been creeping up in the afternoon. The Firehole has been getting too warm to fish in the afternoons, so make sure to fish it early if you decide to try there.

Flies: #10-12 Partridge and Peacock, #10-14 Partridge and Pheasant Tail, #12 Partridge and Orange, #8 Simi Seal Leech, #10 Grand Hopper, #12-14 Yellow Morrish Hopper, #14 Tan Chubby Chernobyl, #16-18 Parachute Adams,

NE Corner: Still hanging in there despite low water conditions. Terrestrial and attractor dry flies are still on the menu, but be on the lookout for some Drake Mackerels to start hatching soon.

Flies: #10-14 Tan Morrish Hopper, #12-14 Purple Thunder Thighs, #16 Cinnamon Hi-Viz Ant, #16 Arricks Ant, #12 Drake Mackerel Cripple, #16 Holo-Point


Nick Toller
Nick Toller


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