The past week gave a preview of runoff, only to be chased off quickly by chilly nights and strong North winds. Varney flows briefly touched 1,900 CFS in the early hours of Monday morning and have precipitously dropped since then. Initially fishing was tough during the rising tide and muddy waters as both fish and anglers were quickly removed from their comfort zones. But, what goes up must come down, and the fishing has steadily been improving with the flows tapering off. Water clarity is a nice juicy green color right now, and around 1,370 CFS. Those are some saucy conditions for the Madison.
Madison River Fishing Report
Spring has sprung, and so have the river conditions on the Madison. Flows at Varney are currently 1,500 cfs rising steadily for the 3rd day in a row. Temperature trends also are on a 5 day bender, reaching about 53 degrees fahrenheit yesterday afternoon and headed into the 70s today and tomorrow. This has all sorts of implications for your fishing outlook.
If you are in Montana right now there’s probably a good chance you’ve contracted an illness, a fever actually, and it’s called Spring Fever! It’s a serious conditions for everyone involved. People are skiing, mountain biking, hiking and sunbathing. But for us at Trout Stalkers it is all about spring fishing! With temps in the high 60’s and low 70’s this weekend the fever is pretty much an epidemic at this point, and rightfully so.
Fishing on the Upper Madison has been nothing short of spectacular ever since the first warmup in early February. With steady flows of about 950 CFS, the river is in good shape for both wading and floating. Although there has been some intermittent winter weather that’s kept us off the water, we have been out doing a lot of “research” and a lot of guiding in the past 2 months. And we've found the action to be very consistent. Lots of healthy Bows and Browns.
The super Chinook winds of last weekend blew winter right out of here and brought in a beautiful breath of spring. We jumped on it, and did the first float trip of 2016. Varney to 8 Mile did not dissapoint. Plenty of fat Bows and Browns in addition to a multitude of Eagles and Meese! Here's a quick 2 minute edit featuring the Good 'ol Grateful Dead~! Red Rocks 7/8/78
The boat ramps at Varney, 8 Mile, Burnt Tree and Ennis are all usable for now.