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Turkey Talk - Madison Scoping Survey

November 27, 2019 

Right on time for some lively Thanksgiving dinner table conversation Montana FWP has just released a scoping survey allowing everyone a chance to offer input on future Madison River recreation management plans. I encourage you to take the survey. You can find the link at the bottom of this page.

Below are screenshot images of my responses followed by some of my thoughts on each alternative. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Thanksgiving!!
Joe D.     joe@montanatrout.com

Camp Bullwheel - Ennis, MT

Peter Pauwels is a guy with a selfless desire to help disabled individuals enjoy the great outdoors, with trout fishing at the forefront. Peter has been working with disabled individuals and innovating adaptive fishing, shooting and boating equipment for many years as a volunteer at the Craig Hospital in Denver. He worked with Craig Hospital, the Denver Children’s Hospital and other rehab facilities to establish the Accessible Fishing Program at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal near Denver.

Fishing Report - January, 2019

OK, writing regular fishing reports is not our strong suit.  Fishing a lot, and guiding anglers into a good time on the Madison is another story! 
 
To be honest, I’ve never been a big fan of fishing reports. They are inherently backward looking and if there is one thing I know to be true about fly fishing for trout, it is that what happened yesterday has almost no bearing on what will happen today. In this game, the best thing you can do is get out on the water and fish. Put yourself out there and be open the possibilities of what can happen.
 
Most all anglers want to stack the odds in their favor as much as possible before heading out, and we can’t blame anyone for that.

Entomology Workshop

Join the Trout Stalkers crew from 10AM to 4PM on Saturday May 6, as outfitter and entomologist Dr. Mike Bias breaks down the Madison River's aquatic insects. This workshop is designed for anglers and is meant to be comprehensive, and not intended for young children. The cost of the trip is $50 and lunch will be provided. Meet at the Ennis Public Library and don't forget to bring your waders! Sign up below or give the shop a call at (406) 682-4293.

Madison River Ice Gorge

 

 

It’s all downhill from here folks. Although December 21st marked the beginning of winter with the Solstice, today officially marks the middle of winter. So, we thought this would be a good time to provide you with some interesting notes about how our January winter conditions compare to long term averages (thanks to our good friend Tom DiMeola), and the phenomenon that occurs on the Madison, locally known as “the gorge.”

2015 Annual FWP Madison River Report

Every Year since 1990, Montana FWP has received funding from dam operators to complete a fisheries study on the Madison River Drainage. Recently, in December, the 2015 Annual Report was completed. These studies report on the effects of hydropower operations at both Hebgen and Ennis dams on all fisheries. This includes basic populations parameters of Rainbow and Brown Trout populations in the Madison, information on monitoring efforts of recent (2014) introduction attempts for native Arctic Grayling, and conservation of Westslope Cutthroat Trout in the Madison River drainage. 

Moods of the Madison

As the tittle of this post would suggest, the Madison has been quite moody as of late.  Our famed hatches have started to dissipate and it feels that we are in the transitional stage from bug season to fur and terrestrial season. Our slower fishing has come throughout the mid day stretches with some sporadic to great action in the morning and evening hours. Though this consistency of fishing is normal for this time of year, it seems that after the hustle and bustle of "The 4th" the trout tend to take break from the all of the action. But they will soon be back! The weather conditions have been ideal around the valley to say the least. We have been seeing much cooler temperatures in the day which has been keeping water temperature cool and the trout healthy.