Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 8/7/2018

by Tom Forsberg August 07, 2018


Upper Madison: Spinner fishing has been good both in the mornings and evenings all the way up until dark. The evening caddis has remained pretty solid when it has been warm and sunny, not so much on some of the nastier weather evenings we have had the past few days. During the day, terrestrials and nymphing are your best options. Hoppers have been bringing up some of the larger fish we have seen since salmonflies while ants have been working well also. Nymphing with smaller #16-18 nymphs has been effective throughout the day. Focus on getting as good of a drift as possible. These fish have seen a lot of flies at this point in the season and your presentation can mean the difference between a take or not.

Flies: #10-12 Grand Hopper, #14 Bogus Beetle, #16 Arrick’s Ant, #16 Rusty Spinner, #16 Missing Link, #16 Purple Rocky Mountain Mint, #16-18 Tan X- Caddis, #17 Tan Iris Caddis, #16-18 Red Neck, #16 Olive Biot Czech, #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Guide Dip, #16 Green Machine, #16 Black Krystal Dip, #16-18 Black/Green Lightning Bug


Hebgen Lake: We are so very close to Hebgen really getting going. There are good amounts of Tricos and Callibaetis around more mornings than not at this point. Try your luck out on the Madison arm. Suspend a Turkey Callibaetis under a dry fly or small indicator if you struggle to find consistent risers.

Flies:  #16 Turkey Callibaetis, #16 Callibaetis Cripple, #16 Parachute Callibaetis, #16 Callibaetis Sparkle Dun, #20-22 Trico Spinner


Gallatin: Spruce moth fishing has slowed some with the recent inclement weather we have had. Look for a possible comeback this coming week when the weather gets warm and sunny again. Apart from that, Smaller size #16-18 midge and mayfly nymphs have been effective. Swinging and/or dead-drifting a small streamer or woolly bugger has been producing as well.

* 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: Soda Butte is off color and muddy at the time of this writing due to rain, but Lamar and Slough are running clear. Bugs have been a little inconsistent depending on the day. Terrestrials, PMDs, and some Drakes could all be seen over there on any given day. Try a dropper or streamer if things are slow.

Flies: #12 DOA Green Drake, #12 Missing Link Green Drake, #12 Gray Parawulff, #14-18 Rusty Spinner, #16 Tilt Wing PMD, #16 PMD Missing Link, #17 Iris Caddis, #10-12 Thunder Thighs Hopper, #14 Bogus Beetle,  #8 Simi Seal Leech, #14 Olive Bullet, #14 Red Neck

Tom Forsberg
Tom Forsberg


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