Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 10/01/2019

by Tom Forsberg October 01, 2019 2 Comments


Upper Madison: The weather this past week has made for some nasty days down on the river, but if you can tough it out you can be rewarded with some really good fishing. Nymphing with smaller nymphs such as rednecks, zebra midges and attractors have been fishing well. If you’re looking to fish dry flies, much of this week has been and will be pretty ideal baetis weather so be on the lookout starting around noon for rising fish. 

Flies: #18-20 D.O.A. Baetis Cripple, #18-20 Baetis Sparkle Dun, #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: Nymphing will definitely be your bet bet on the Gallatin right now. Smaller baetis, midge and attractor flies trailed off of a rubber legs would be a good combo. There is no reason to get over here too early in the day as water temps will take some time to warm up this time of year. Once it does warm up in the afternoon, be on the lookout for some baetis coming off as well.

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


Yellowstone National Park

Madison in YNP: This is pretty much the weather you have been waiting for if you like to fish the fall run. The cold and wet should keep the fish coming in, though there is already a seemingly really good number of fish throughout the system already. We have had some really good reports from fisherman using all techniques whether that is soft hackles, streamers or nymphing. Now’s the time to get out and get after it!

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


Firehole: The Firehole continues to fish really well with soft hackles. With this weather you should also be able to find fish rising to baetis throughout the day as well. 

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 have been a bit varied this past week with the rain and snow we have been getting, but things should be getting back to normal now. Smaller baetis around size 22 and Drake Mackerel patterns will be your best bets and with this weather you should see one if not both of these coming off. If it’s sunny tomorrow and Thursday like it could be, I still wouldn’t hesitate to throw a hopper with an ant or tungsten head dropper. 

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


2 Responses


October 03, 2019

Hi Phil – It looks like it’s going to be sunny with temps in the 50’s beginning this weekend. Give us a call at 406-646-9644 if you have any questions.


Philip Lynch
Philip Lynch

October 03, 2019

Is there any good days weather wise in near future.
Live in wood river valley, would run over and book a trip

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