Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 9/24/19

by Tom Forsberg September 24, 2019


Upper Madison: Not a whole lot has changed on the Madison. Small nymphs are still the name of the game for consistently catching fish at the moment and baetis, midge and attractor nymphs in the #18-20 range are working best. With the coming weather for the rest of the week, baetis should start to show themselves a little more so keep an eye out for those in the afternoons. Throwing some hoppers and ants around during any nice breaks in the day has been getting a few fish to come up and eat still also. 

Flies: #18-20 D.O.A. Baetis Cripple, #18-20 Baetis Sparkle Dun, #10-12 Pink/Tan/Yellow Thunder Thighs, #14-16 Arrick’s Ant, #16 Nyman’s Flying Ant, #14-16 Bogus Beetle, #12-16 Royal Trude, #16-18 Purple Parachute, #10-12 Black Sili Legs, #16 Lake Prince, #16-18 Shop Vac, #18 Red Neck, #16-18 Black Lightning Bug, #16-18 Guide Dip/$3 Dip, #16-18 Krystal Dip, #16-18 Soft Hackle Hare’s Ear, #18 Black/Olive Zebra Midge



Gallatin: The recent rains have blown out the Taylor Fork and thus the Gallatin downstream of there is running a little dirty as well, so sticking somewhere above Taylor Fork and/or in the park stretch will provide your better fishing for the next few days. Nymphing with smaller patterns and rubber legs will provide your most consistent fishing on the Gallatin right now, but don’t be afraid to throw around some terrestrials and attractor dries during the afternoon hours. 

Flies: #14-16 Lake Prince, #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Red Neck, #12 Pink/Purple Hot Spot Jig, #8-12 Black Sili Legs, #12 Morrish Hopper, #10-12 Thunder Thighs Hopper, #14-16 Lime/Royal Trude, #12-16 Parawulff, #14 409, #8-12 Royal/Peacock/Golden Chubby Chernobyl


Yellowstone National Park

Madison in YNP: Fish continue to work their way up from the lake and while there are definitely some nice fish being caught, we are still probably just a few days or a week out from prime time yet. The weather the rest of the week should be pretty ideal for fishing and will help to get more fish running up as well.


Flies: #8-12 Peacock/Orange/PT & Partridge, #10-12 Partridge and Copper, #8-10 Simi Seal Leech, #6 Sparkle Minnow, #8 Squirrel Leech, #18-20 D.O.A. Baetis Cripple, #18-20 Baetis Sparkle Dun


Firehole: The Firehole continues to fish quite well. Look for baetis to come off on cloudy mornings and afternoons and provide some good dry fly fishing. If nothing is going on, swinging soft hackles has been consistently producing fish as usual. 

Flies: #18-20 D.O.A. Baetis Cripple, #18-20 Baetis Sparkle Dun, #14 Tan/Olive Diving Caddis, #10-14 Orange/Green & Partridge, #10 Simi Seal Leech


NE Corner: Flows on the Lamar spiked big time from the rains this past week and are still slowly on the way back down at the time of this writing. When flows return to normal, the fishing should pick back up again with Drake Mackerels, baetis, terrestrials, attractors, and tungsten nymph droppers.  

Flies: #18-20 D.O.A. Baetis Cripple, #18-20 Baetis Sparkle Dun, #12 Drake Mackerel Cripple, #10-14 Peacock/Royal Chubby, #16 Longhorn Beetle, #14-16 Bogus Beetle, #14 Arrick’s Ant, #12 Thunder Thighs Hopper, #12-16 Royal/Lime Trude, #12-16 Parawulff Adams, #14 409, #12 Quill Jig, #12 Lucent Jig, #16 Olive Biot Czech 

Tom Forsberg
Tom Forsberg


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