Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 9/4/2017

by Tom Forsberg September 03, 2017


Upper Madison: The overnight temps have still been nice and cool, which has kept the Madison fishing well and helped to improve the dry fly action. Ants have been the most consistent if you're looking to fish dries but beetles and smaller hoppers continue to produce as well. Same story with nymphing — use smaller sizes and make sure you're getting them down with some weight. If you're itching to start throwing some streamers, we’re starting to see some nice fish coming up from Quake into the stretch between the lakes as well.
Flies: #12-14 Morrish Hopper in Pink/Tan, #12-14 Grand Hopper, #14-16 Bogus Beetle, #16-18 Hi-Vis Ant, #16-20 Shop Vac, #16-20 Guide Dip, #16-18 Caddis Rockworm.
Hebgen Lake: The lake has been fairly consistent, at least when the wind has been down. Callibaetis emergences have been strong throughout the lake, though that hasn't necessarily meant the fish have been rising to them. Your best bet is to cover water to find rising fish. 

Gallatin: The Gallatin has definitely been a little tougher as of late, especially throughout the park stretch. Terrestrial and attractor patterns will be your surest bet if you're heading that way.

NE Corner: Terrestrial fishing has still been productive, though the fish have been very selective. Make sure you're not giving up on fish after a refusal or two (even three or four). Change up your patterns until you find what they're looking for. Drakes have been showing up, though not in full force. It’s still worth having some in your box if you're heading up that way.
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Tom Forsberg
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