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Fishing report from Madison River Outfitters from 05/26/24

Montana
Lifting: With warmer weather slowly creeping into the basin, the lake fishing should improve by the day. Most calm days will reliably produce our famous big midges hatching and the occasional gobbler will take advantage. Otherwise, it's an underwater game at the moment – leeches, streamers and nymphs!

Flies: #8 Black or Olive Simi Seal Leech, #6 Balanced Squirrel Leech Black, #6 Olive or Black Hot Bead Leech, #8 Booby Leach, #8 Thin Mint, #18 BBQ Baetis, #14 Olive Nugget, #12 OS Buzzer, #18 Two Bit Hooker, #18 Purple JJ Baetis,
#16 Purple Missing Link, #20 Baetis with low water level
Currents:
Inflow to Hebgen Lake: 1457.8 cfs
Hebgen Lake discharge: 1270.1 cfs
Kirby currents: 1420 cfs
Temperature @ Kirby: High – 50.7 °F
Lowest temperature: 43.2 °F

** Flows from 25 May 2024, 12:00 **

MRO Guide Tyler Amory (your faithful narrator) with a lovely Madison Brown
Upper Madison:
The upper part has calmed down and cleared up, partly due to last week's cold spell. It looks green and nasty again! Streamers have been fishing very well in both the wading and swimming sections. Nymphs are also very productive as always. There's not much up top yet!
Flies: No. 10 Pat's Rubberlegs – Black, No. 16 Olive Hot Spot, No. 18 Beadhead *OR* Weightless Shop-Vac, No. 18 BBQ Baetis, No. 12 San Juan Worm, No. 18 CDC BWO Comparadun, No. 20 Low Water Baetis, No. 18 Purple Parachute, No. 6 Olive Peanut Envy, No. 6 Olive Mini Sex-Dungeon, No. 8 Hot Bead Thin Mint

The newest member of the MRO Shop team, Nate Green – tied to a “tree stomper” between the lakes!
YNP
Happy opening weekend!!!
The park is now open for fishing! Firehole, Gibbon and Madison are all good for fishing streamers and nymphs, and there's a chance of some BWOs and small caddisflies flying around. But let's call a spade a spade, everyone wants to swing soft hackles! Caddis-like and smaller mayfly-like bugs should work well, but don't be afraid to throw the bigger thing. And greens or oranges!
Flies: #16 Olive Hairs Ear, #16 Olive Hot Spot, #14 Czech Frenchie, #14 Diving Caddis – Olive, #16 Partridge & Pheasant Flash Back, #10 Partridge & Green OR Orange, #16 Elk Hair Caddis – Dark Brown OR Olive, #18 Purple Missing Link, #6 CH Sparkle Minnow – Brownie, #6 Peanut Envy – Olive OR Brown

Currents:
Madison near West Yellowstone: – 600 cfs
Yellowstone below Yellowstone Lake: – 1840 cfs
Gibbon: – 219 cubic feet per second
Gallatin near Big Sky: 1020 cfs

Report from Madison River Outfitters

Anna Harden

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