The Madison River has continued to fish well throughout the month of August. Here in Ennis, MT we typically have day time temperatures in the mid to upper 80's. This past month we have seen slightly lower than normal temps with many days only reaching the mid 70's. These temperatures have greatly helped the river and the fly fishing in general. Thankfully, due to cooler nights, the Madison River temperatures haven't reached over 70 degrees recently. This is keeping the trout much more active throughout the day. Here’s our Madison River trout fishing report for late August.
Small To Midsize Hopper Success
Our guides at FishWater Outfitters have had great success fishing small to medium sized hopper patterns on the banks and in the middle of the Madison River. Some of our favorite patterns are the Royal Chubby, Thunder Thighs in tan, yellow and pink, Fat Albert, Blooms Hopper and Tan Chubby Chernobyl. We have also had good success hanging various nymphs below the dry fly for an additional chance at a big trout.
Mornings Are A Good Time For Streamer Fishing
In the morning when the water temperatures are still warming up, we have been doing really well on streamer fishing. The river has been in the upper 50's to the lower 60's throughout most of the morning, and this has allowed our guides to fish the streamer either under an indicator or tight lining. We particularly like to tight line the streamer patterns with a nymph about 18" behind. This technique keeps both flies bouncing on the rocks versus a dead drift presentation, which will tend to get your flies stuck in the rocks. Using this technique, the angler is able to see the fly line move and also feel the fish when it hits one of the flies. This streamer technique works very well from a drift boat but is not as efficient when wade fishing. If you are doing more wade fishing, then using an indicator will work much better and catch you more fish!
Our Streamer & Nymph Secrets
Here at FWO, some of our favorite streamer patterns for Madison River trout fishing include the Pearl and Copper Zonker, Flash Fry, Silver Bullet and various other sculpin and small trout imitations. In addition to the streamers, the nymphs that we have been doing well on are a silver lightning bug, prince nymph, flashback pheasant tail, jig head pheasant tail and jig head prince nymph.
Trout Fishing Ennis Lake
In addition to The Madison River, we have been fishing Ennis Lake a fair amount this past month. The Lake is a great place to go and sight fish for big rainbow and brown trout. These fish can be very difficult to catch but extremely rewarding when you do! We have been having some good callibaetis hatches starting mid-morning and sometimes lasting into the afternoon. Sight fishing these big fish can be a very humbling experience but very well worth the effort put in.
Looking Forward To September Trout Fishing
We are still looking forward to some great dry fly fishing in September and eagerly awaiting the cooler daytime temperatures that fall will bring. As we move forward into the fall months, the streamer fishing will only continue to get better and the bigger brown trout will start to become ferocious!
If you are still thinking about a trip to Ennis MT, please contact our fishing guides. We will be happy to put together a Madison River trout fishing trip that works perfectly for you!