2016 Fishing Update

July 18, 2016
The salmon fly hatch is over and the Madison is returning to summer conditions with cool water temperatures and long term average flows.  Storage in Hebgen and Ennis Lakes should be adequate to maintain these conditions throughout the summer.  Northwestern Energy spillway replacement at Hebgen has been carried over through 2016 and the Madison has not returned to its historic operation of cooler bottom discharge but is scheduled to be fully restored in 2017.  In the meantime the aquatic conditions are stable and good caddis and mayfly hatches are coming off.  We have been experiencing good fishing conditions with improved rainbow catches and the browns seemingly larger than ever.  Hopefully you can join us this year and plan on next year when the river is back to its long term historic conditions. 
 

2016 Fishing Report

May 2, 2016
With the effects of El Nino SW Montana is experiencing a mild spring and fishing on the Madison is picking up early as was the case in 2015.  March Browns started appearing in late April and the famous 'Mothers' Day' caddis hatch is underway as of May 2nd.   The rainbows had been active earlier in the month but are now spawning and browns are now more active as the water temperature are warming into the 50's already.  

Spillway work still needs to be completed on Hebgen this summer so there ma...
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2015 Fishing update

June 12, 2015
Fishing is off to an excellent early season start due to the mild winter and minimal spring runoff.  Salmon flies began arriving on the Madison June 10th and river conditions are lining up well for the hatch.  Caddis and little yellow stone flies are also showing up in good numbers for what looks to be a great fishing season.   More as the summer progresses but with Hebgen having maximized water storage in response to the low snow pack this year we expect conditions on the Madison to be only ...
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Non stops to BZN

May 5, 2015
Alaska Airlines has non stops to Seattle/Tacoma and summer non stop to Portland OR
Allegiant has twice weekly non stop to Las Vegas and Phoenix.
Delta has daily non stop to Minneapolis and Salt Lake City with summer Sat non stop to New York LaGuardia as well as summer non stop to Atlanta and Los Angeles.
Frontier has non stop to Denver
United has daily non stop to Denver and offers seasonal non stop to Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Seasonal  service to New York/Newark operates W...
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Spring 2015 Fishing Report

September 9, 2014
May 5, 2015
Fishing is off to an early and robust start on the Madison.   An unusually mild winter has supercharged the early season and with expected minimal runoff due to the low snow pack and continued unseasonably warm weather we may have an early salmon fly hatch in 2015.  Even better news is the most recent biologist data which shows this years' average size and number of trout in the Madison is improving and near historic highs, notably for rainbows in the upper sections and browns in t...
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StayOnMadisonRiver, LLC - Owner Operated

September 9, 2014
As of September 12, 2014, we will be booking directly with our guests on vrbo.com/398212 or flipkey.com/356001.  Our property will no longer be managed by Apex.  We will also be able to take credit cards directly.  We will take a deposit and remaining payment 30 days prior to arrival. We will refund your deposit if cancelled 30 days prior to arrival.   We have added a key pad lock to the front door and we will be able to assign and delete numbers for improved security for you.

An important par...
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2014 Fishing pre-view

January 12, 2014
With repairs to Hebgen Dam outfall projected to be complete this year we expect conditions to revert during the 2014 fishing season to what the Madison is noted for; consistent water temperatures and predictable flows.   We also expect that with resumption of historical conditions the rainbow population resurgence will pick up momentum and make for an excellent fishing season.  If you are thinking of coming out, the early season (May-June) is particularly good for stone fly nymph fishing ahea...
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2013 Madison River fishing

October 8, 2013
The Madison fished well in 2013  and we experienced both increases in size and number of fish over last several years.  Browns continue to dominate below Varney Bridge and we caught 3 over 20" wading above and below the property.  One guest caught a 23" brown in front of the house during the fall spawning run.  Rainbows continue their comeback and the expected completion of Hebgen Dam repairs in 2014 should return more consistent temperature conditions that favor their comeback.

The upper Madi...
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Welcome!

January 23, 2012

This is my first post and I'm navigating the blogging waters. Stay tuned for stories and tips on things to do in the Madison River Valley!

I hope to share with you tidbits on life in Ennis, pictures of the area and yummy local recipes. Thanks for joining me on my journey!
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About Me


Thanks for stopping by. Montana holds a very special place in our hearts. We will share with you our riverside reflections and our tips on things to do in Montana. Leave us a comment or let us know what we can post to help you plan a trip to this special place!