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.
Madison River Fishing Report
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.
We are currently experiencing spectacular winter weather in the Madison Valley. Right now it is relatively warm and calm. It looks like its snowing up higher. We had a storm move through in the beginning of the week that dumped a bunch of snow up at Big Sky. Needless to say, not too many people fishing the river.
When the middle of winter rolls around in southwest Montana, fishing ventures are all about keeping things short. When it’s ten degrees outside during the warmest part of the day, like it was yesterday for Parker and I up around the Pine Butte area of the upper Madison, there aren’t many mortal human beings that can keep their extremities warm enough to fish effectively for very long.
You gotta pick your days for fishing this time of year. Between the months of December, January, and February, days with highs in the 30’s, combined with calm winds are few and far between. When we do have days with those conditions, you’ve got to jump on your opportunity to fish. For me, I like to watch the overnight low temps. If there’s a streak of two or three days with overnight lows in the 20s or 30s, fishing can be surprisingly fun in the dead of winter.