Madison River Fishing Report 9/17/15
Top Trout Stalker Jumpin' Joey Irons demonstrates how to launch a drift boat at Canaday Bridge on the Lower Madison River. "Don't try this at home!!"
Where: Slough Creek - Yellowstone National Park
When: August 14-17, 2015
Who: Tim Beardsley, Outfitter - Adventures Outfitting along with 8 guests: 4 Dads and their 11 yr old children
Best Gear: 3, 4, & 5wt rods, Patagonia Sweet Pack Vest, Simms Wading Sandals, YETI Hopper (for the beer), Scott Radian 9’ 4wt rod. SA
Best Fly Patterns: #12 Morrish Hopper, #14 Cinnamon Para-Ant, #16 Black Yaeger’s 409, #14 Grey Drake Spinner, #16 Quigley’s Crippled PMD Emerger
One of the many great things about being in Ennis is the ability to fish whenever you get a chance, even if it just for a few casts. The Madison River offers amazing fish in some of the most unique spots, some of the runs or holes look like they wouldn't even hold a 6 incher and BAM giant browns! This amazing fishery will surpise you at all times and on more than one occation humble even the best of us. After working almost 10 hours in the shop and constantly dreaming of fish, Stew Lewis went out and stung this beauty 21" Brown Trout in some of the skinniest water out there. These are the ones that keep you coming back.
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.
The warm weather we have experienced recently, combined wit this season's below average snowpack has led Montana FWP to place "Hoot Owl" closures on many S.W. Montana Trout Streams. This means that they are closed to angling from 2 p.m. until midnight each day until conditions improve. In order to lift the restrictions, FWP will need to see the daily high water temperature stay below a certain level for several consecutive days along with a cooler weather forecast, which we currently have. So stay tuned....
"There will be days when the fishing is better than one's most optimistic forecast, others when it is far worse. Either is a gain over just staying home."
~ Roderick Haig-Brown