Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report for 10/17/2022

by John Schilling October 16, 2022

Madison River in Yellowstone National Park

Hebgen: Stripping buggers/leeches or nymphing under an indicator will be your best options on the lake as of late. With leeches and buggers, switch up your retrieval until you find something the fish like.
Flies: #8 Black or Olive Simi Seal Leech, #6 Flash-a-Bugger, #6 Olive or Black Hot Bead Leech, #8 Thin Mint, #16 Pheasant Tail, #14-16 Turkey Callibaetis, #12 O.S. Buzzer
Inflow to Hebgen Lake: 794 cfs
Hebgen Lake Outflow: 676 cfs
Kirby Flows: 762 cfs

** Flows as of 12 pm Oct. 15, 2022

Fall fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park

Upper Madison: Fishing remains pretty good out on the Madison. Nymphing a two fly set up will be your most productive method right now. But, keep an eye out for fish eating baetis, especially on the cloudier afternoons. We're still getting some hopper eats in the afternoon. Early mornings and then later evenings have been the best for streamer action. 
Flies: #16-18 Redneck, #16-18 Guide Dip, #10-12 Sili Legs, #16-18 Black Lightning Bug, #18 ICU Midge, #18-20 Sprout Baetis, #18-20 Low Water Baetis, #12 Pink or Tan Thunderthighs, #6 Black Hot Bead Leech, #6 Black/Purple Slap-N-Tickle, #6 Olive Sparkle Minnow, #4 Ditchwitch

Madison River Fly Fishing

Gallatin: No need to get too early of a start if you want to fish the Gallatin. Take your time and let things warm up a little. Nymphs, soft hackles, and small streamers are all in play. Be watching for fish rising to BWO’s on the nastier afternoons.
Flies: #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Green Lightning Bug, #16-18 Black Krystal Dip, #18 ICU Midge, #18 Split Case BWO, #14 Partridge and Peacock, #16 Soft Hackle Hares Ear, #18 Parachute Adams, #18 Tilt Wing BWO, #18 Baetis Cripple, #8 Simi Seal Leech, #6 Olive Slumpbuster
Madison/Firehole: Lake fish are being caught all throughout the Madison up to the junction area. Take your favorite streamers and soft hackles and get to stripping/swinging! Darker streamers (olive, black, black/purple) have been best for us lately. On the Firehole be on the lookout for heads poking up to baetis and a few midges. If you aren’t finding any action on the surface, swinging a soft hackles can usually find some fish.
Flies: #8-10 Partridge and Orange, #8-10 Partridge and Pheasant Tail, #6 Olive Mini Peanut Envy, #8 Thin Mint, #8 Copper Zonker, #10-12 Sili Legs, #14 Prince Nymph, #16-18 Frenchie, #16 Olive Bullet, #14 Diving Caddis, #18-20 Parachute BWO, #18-20 Griffith’s Gnat

Madison River Brown Trout in Montana
NE Corner: Big news here is that the park has opened the road into the Lamar Valley.  Hopefully we'll have something to report on the Lamar and Soda Butte next week. Similar to the Gallatin, these rivers are running pretty cold so take your time in getting over there. Make sure to bring some baetis along with you if you make the trip over. Tossing a streamer around can be fun if fish aren’t rising.
Flies: #18-20 Parachute BWO, #18-20 Sprout Baetis, #6 Olive Sparkle Minnow, #6 Black Mini Sex Dungeon, #8 Black Simi Seal Leech

Madison Mountains in Montana


John Schilling
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