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 ahead of the salmon fly hatch with extraordinary caddis hatches around Mothers Day and Memorial Day into June.

The salmon fly hatch is typically mid to late June and into early July.  The Madison typically is clear and fishable during the 'hatch' where, depending on run-off conditions, other western Montana streams may be 'blown-out' and difficult to fish.

From mid July through August the Madison is an excellent wading and dry fly fishing river due to its' predictable flows, consistent hatches, and moderate depths.  Hoppers and terrestrials provide exciting wade/float fishing through September when large brown trout get more active and start to move up the Madison to spawn in October and streamers are the preferred tackle.

With four fly shops in or near Ennis and numerous fishing condition websites you can always get a heads up on what to expect, but be assured, whenever you can get here is the best time to fish.

And remember, days spent fly fishing are not subtracted from your alloted days, even more of a reason to devote more time to your passion, so fish on!!



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.

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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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