Upper Madison

February 19, 2019

Fishing Conditions

February 19, 2019

 The recent snow has made it tough to fish from Hebgen down to Lyons Bridge. The accesses are snowed in enough that you will need skis or snowshoes to get to some spots. The parking spots below Hebgen are snowed in for now and need to get plowed out. A good 4x4 could park at the top of Rescue Hill. Fish with midge nymphs, soft hackles and mayfly nymphs. A few people are getting out their streamer rods and getting some eats. The mid-afternoon has been best for streamer fishing. The lower you fish towards Ennis the fishing has been tougher. The weather has been slushing things up, the Canadian cold doesn't help our fishing.    


Text "Troutfitters" to 313131 for automatic fishing report updates right to your phone.

Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, purple haze: 16-20, Matts Midge: 18, Royal Wulff: 16-18, Renegades: 16-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18-20, Quigley's Cluster: 14-16,

Nymphs| Zirdle Bug Black: 6, Mega prince: 8-12, Delektable Hurless: 6-10, Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, Green Machine PT: 18-20, King Prince:12-16, Coppertone: 6-8, Pat's Rubberlegs: 6-8-10, Copper John Black and Blue: 16-18-20, Green Machine: 16-18-20, Eggs: 8, crystal dip: 16-18 three dollar dip:16, Worms: 12-16

Streamers| Smoke N Mirrors Cream #4, Sparkle Minnow Smoke #4, Complex Twist Bugger White Size #4, Sex Dungeon Rust, Yellow, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Black: 2 Conehead JJ Special: 2-4 Home Invader Yellow, White: 2 Zonkers White, Olive, Natural/Copper: 4-6, Double Screamer Streamer Olive/Black: 2 Circus Peanut Olive: 2 Sculpzilla Black, Dark Olive: 4-8, 2 Dolly Llama white, 8 Baby Gonga white


Click to enlarge

More USGS Water Data

Enter your number below to receive new, up-to-date river reports from Montana Troutfitters.


Processing...