Fishing the Madison River has been great so far this summer! We have experienced above normal air temperatures for the month of July with many days in the mid 90's. Here is Ennis, MT we typically don't have such hot days in July, but due to a great snow pack year, The Madison River is still flowing at an above average level. To see our daily river gauges for flows and water temperatures, check here.
Warmer Than Average Water Temps
Due to the higher than average air temperatures, we have also been experiencing warmer water temperatures. Our fishing guides at FishWater Outfitters have been leaving Ennis earlier in the morning to fish The Madison River before the water heats up. The fishing has been the best throughout the early morning and into the early afternoon. Typically around 2pm, the river warms to just below 70 degrees and the fishing slows down dramatically. It is much better to get out on the river early, both for the comfort of the angler and especially to get the best chance at the Rainbow and Brown Trout!
Madison River Dry Fly Fishing
The dry fly fishing has been good early in the mornings with any variation of Nocturnal Stone Fly Patterns. The Spruce Moth hatch is happening right now higher on The Madison River near Lyons Bridge and continuing to fish well down towards Palisades Fishing Access. Our Madison River Fly Fishing Guides have also been having success fishing flying Ant patterns throughout the day. We have also started to see more fish and bigger fish coming up to Hopper patterns. The Hopper and Ant fishing will only continue to get better as we move into August! If you like to throw big Hopper Dry Flies and watch Brown and Rainbow Trout rise to eat them, then FishWater Outfitters Fly Fishing Guides can put you on the fish! For more information on our Float Fishing Trips, click here.
Madison River Streamer & Nymph Fishing
In addition to the Dry Fly Fishing, the Streamer and nymph fishing on The Madison River has been producing some great trout. Our guides have been doing very well with olive girdle bugs, all variations of caddis nymphs, yellow sally nymphs as well as pheasant tails and lightning bugs. The streamer bite seems to be best when using fry imitations, such as Pearl Zonkers and other natural colored streamers. We have had some really good action whenever the clouds roll into the Madison Valley.
Looking Forward To More Action
Fishing the Madison River should continue to be good throughout August with both wet and dry flies. Remember to get out early in the morning and give the trout a break mid-afternoon until the evening when the water begins to cool down.
Book A Madison River Fishing Trip!
If you’re planning a trip to Ennis, MT this summer or fall, contact us to schedule a fishing trip on the Madison or the area’s other great rivers!