Madison River Fishing Report
Great Opening Week on the Madison River
"The only way to really fish well is to live on or near the water, put in the years to learn the idiosyncrasies of the river, pay close attention to the season, time of day, weather, stream flow, water temperature and clarity, and live the kind of life that lets you drop everything at a moment’s notice to go fishing. Failing that, you at least long for the comfort of having the same flies as everyone else."
~ John Gierach
One truth I know about fly fishing for Trout is that whatever happened yesterday has little or no bearing on what will happen today! But having said that, what happened yesterday is often a decent starting point for what might happen today. But we try to be flexible and open minded. And we always take fishing reports with a backward looking grain of salt.
The Upper Madison River opens this Saturday, the 16th. It looks amazing and has been fishing great!! The forecast doesn’t show any major changes coming so next Saturday the 16th (Montana’s general fishing season opener) sets up to be one of the best in many years. We haven’t seen the river running this low and clear here in town on this date in a long long time. It’s currently flowing 789 cfs at Kirby Ranch compared to a long-term median of 1,100cfs on this date. It’s not exactly what we really want to see either. Snowpack this winter was disappointing which has had many area rivers running lower and clearer than normal so far this month. But when life gives you low spring water, you go dry fly fishing!!
Fishing on the Madison has been nothing short of spectacular this spring. The unseasonably warm weather got the action started much earlier than normal this year. We had several good days in Febraury, many in March and April has come in like a lion! The river has been running around 750 CFS (Kirby) recently which is pretty low. This has us predominantly fishing the Varney to Town stretch. Macatee to Varney is open to fishing but the low flows can make for a pretty bumpy ride through the Cameron Flats...