Fall is finally here in Montana. The weather is variable, but if you can handle all 4 seasons in an hour, the fishing is worth every moment. Waders are back in season, along with gloves, rain jackets, and maybe a down layer underneath that. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. As the spawning season for browns picks up, so does the fishing.
Madison River Fishing Report
Late summer in the Madison Valley. Things here are about what you’d expect, maybe a little stranger than usual but then again nothing’s really all that surprising any more. Fishing is stranger than truth! It’s been hot and dry for weeks/months now. There have been threats here and there of some afternoon thunderstorms…none have materialized.
If there are any doubts about whether or not summer arrived when the solstice rolled around recently, they should take a look at my cherry red knee caps right now from sitting in a boat. It’s hot, dry, and summer flows are here. That holds significance for many things fishing related, but none more plainly obvious than this: put away that damn bobber for a minute!
Upper Madison River flows have been dropping steadily over the past three days and the fish seem to be in a much better mood. A feeding mood. The flows at the Old Kirby Place are about 1050 cfs and will likely stabilize before the readings at the Varney Bridge gauge do. We will likely continue to see falling or decreasing volume as creeks start recede from their highs of a week ago. As the upper Madison River flows go so goes the lower River. Expect to see dropping flows for the lower Madison River as well.