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Fishing report from Madison River Outfitters from 9/6/24

Montana

Lifting: We are seeing Callibaetis hatch on and around the lake every now and then, and midges continue to hatch in large numbers. A few swallowers have been spotted in both the Madison and Grayling arms. Nymphs and streamers are still your best bet until the bugs and fish are more obvious.

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, #16 Long Tailed Spinner Callibaetis,
#16 Purple Missing Link, #20 Baetis with low water level
Currents:
Inflow to Hebgen Lake: 1493 cfs
Hebgen Lake discharge: 1166.3 cfs
Kirby currents: 1840 cfs
Temperature @ Kirby: High – 59 °F
Minimum temperature: 9.5 °C

** Flows from June 9, 2024, 12:00 noon **

MRO Shop employee Hugh Himan photographed this Blue-cheeked Caddisfly this weekend
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Upper Madison:
The Upper has been a gamble lately. The warm weather has caused the runoff to increase quite a bit. From Quake to Ennis it looks pretty muddy, and more so the further north you go from the wading section. Nymphing is probably the best method. And with the mud and high currents it's definitely a streamer show.
Flies: #10 Pat's Rubberlegs – Black, #16 Black OR Red Krystal Dip, #14 Olive Grub, #12 San Juan Worm – Wine, #14 Pilva's Perdigon – Olive #6 Olive Peanut Envy, #6 Olive OR Black Mini Sex-Dungeon, #8 Hot Bead Thin Mint, #6 Black Sparkle Minnow Yummy

We FINALLY see insects in the West Yellowstone area!!!
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YNP
There is great fishing on the west side of YNP!
The Firehole, Gibbon and Madison are all good spots to fish with streamers and nymphs despite the light runoff. A wide variety of insects are on the menu – caddisflies, whitefin milk beetles, PMDs, BWOs, yellowfin sallys, stoneflies and stoneflies. Soft hackles and streamers have also produced good results.
Flies: #16 Olive Hairs Ear, #16 Olive Hot Spot, #14 Czech Frenchie, #14 Diving Caddis – Olive, #16 Partridge & Pheasant Flash Back, #8 Rio's Juicy Stone – Salmonfly, #16 DOA PMD, #18 CDC Biot BWO Comparadun, #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: – 671 cfs
Yellowstone below Yellowstone Lake: – 3500 cfs
Gibbon: – 154 cubic feet per second
Fire Hole: – 511 cfs & 68 degrees F
Gallatin near Big Sky: 2770 cfs
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Get out of there!

Anna Harden

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