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.
We are currently in the sweet spot between winter and runoff. A brief period otherwise sometimes locally known as “spring”. Spring rocks on the Madison and many other area rivers. It really is one of the very best times of the whole year to fly fish Montana. Hurry up and get out there!
Starting at the top, here is the Upper Madison Boat Ramp/FAS update for March 18, 2019
Last week I had the greatest time ever hosting a group of anglers, and fellow members of the #defectivegeneclub (including my dear wife Rikki) on a return trip to Tikchik Narrows Lodge in the Bristol Bay region of S.W. Alaska.
We had a great trip to say the least, but it’s difficult to convey in words just how great it was. Yes, we caught lots of fish and plenty of big ones too. But like all fishing trips, a journey to Tikchik and the Alaskan wilderness is about much more than just catching fish. It’s about the people you are with, the wild places you experience and see, the wildlife, and spectacular timeless beauty of it all. And of course… hopping around Alaska in a 1956 De Havilland Beaver float plane! This trip is truly one of life’s great adventures.
In spite of the long hard Montana winter and huge snowpack, runoff on the Madison is officially over and the river is looking and fishing great! The Madison peaked right around June 1st, which is incidentally the historical peak of runoff on the upper river. It has basically been dropping ever since, notwithstanding the recent small rain bump over the past few days.
Angler: Nicholas A Peterson
Location: Punta Allen, Quintana Roo, MX
Target: “Grande palometa, once en punto” - Fish of a thousand cast
“100 feet, permit, right to left”
The Madison Valley has finally experienced a few days of 70+ degree weather and sunshine, and while we all have certainly been enjoying it (sunburn and all), it has prompted the beginning of run-off. Levels are up, and the West Fork has been dumping sediment and coloring up the mid-sections of river all the way through town. That being said, there is still good fishing to be had. For those who are not fans of dirty water, head up river to the wade sections around Raynold’s and Three Dollar. You will find the best water conditions there until/unless a big Cabin and Beaver Creek mud plug makes it through Quake Lake.