We’re entering the final days of July and there’s mixed reports left, right, upside-down and sideways. As Robert wrote much finer than I could, “Heard some say better run away - others say you better stand still”. Those who have dared to stand still have been rewarded this week. It hasn’t been a great numbers game for us out there but the fish we’ve wrangled in have been quality trout. Caddis, Nocturnal Stones, PMDs and Yellow Sally’s are still out in abundance. Hoppers should be on the way here soon once the green grass decides to wilt away.
The Lower Madison has a full fishing closure from Warm Springs up to the Dam beneath Ennis Lake. The rest of the Lower Madison is still on a Hoot Owl restriction, so no fishing after 2PM. The Upper Madison near Cameron has been fluctuating between 58.1 F and 69.98 F over the course of the last week. Northwestern Energy bumped the flows from 1140 CFS up to 1250 CFS out of the dam on the 24th of July. There’s plenty of water throughout the river, with Kirby running at 1330 CFS as of this afternoon.
Try to avoid fish pictures when you can out there. Everybody loves a great trout photo, but not as much as you think they do. We're in the midst of our annual Fly SALE. Checkout our SALE flies here for killer deals on your favorite patterns. If you're interested in what the river looks like here in town, give the live cam a gander below!
- MTS Guide Danny Eiden