Hebgen Dam 1080 cfs Old Kirby Place 1090 cfs Varney Bridge 1180 cfs Lower Madison 1730 cfs It feels good to be back in the saddle again, the proverbial saddle that is. . It is a bit more of a tractor seat but that just does not have the same ring to it. Being in… Continue reading My first Madison River trips in the books….
Hebgen Dam: 921cfs Old Kirby Place: 971cfs Varney Bridge: 1040cfs Lower Madison: 1130cfs The sun is shining again in the Madison Valley. It has been about four or five days since we have seen a bright blue sky around here. Starting last Saturday the Madison Valley and Southwest Montana started to receive snow. A… Continue reading It seems like a long way away…
Hebgen Dam 1360 cfs Kirkby Ranch 1450 cfs Varney Bridge 1670 cfs Lower Madison 1910 cfs Going into the first couple weeks of spring it was obvious that Old Man Winter was dragging his feet a little bit. He didn’t seem to care that we had our first official day of spring and that… Continue reading Dragging His Feet
Hebgen Dam 1200 cfs Old Kirby Place 1250 cfs Varney Bridge 1350 cfs Lower Madison 1650 cfs We have been getting out on the water with a bit more frequency over the past couple weeks here in Ennis Montana. Now that spring has officially arrived we are getting into a time period that I… Continue reading Second Day of Spring!
Not the most impressive headline I know. Many people have already been floating and if one lives where the weather is a little nicer in the winter there really isn’t a first float of the year. Winter in Montana gives us time that we generally can’t put the boat in to float the Madison River.… Continue reading First float of 2017
It’s now past the middle of February and it’s really starting to feel a little more like spring around the Madison Valley. Days are getting noticeably longer and the daytime temperatures are creeping up into the 40s and even 50 on occasion. If past years are any kind of indicator, Old Man winter is gone… Continue reading Feeling a bit more like spring…
Hebgen Dam 663 cfs Old Kirby Place 1050 cfs Varney Bridge 1700 cfs Lower Madison 2550 cfs (this gauge hasn’t had fresh reading in two days) Both he Upper and Lower Madison rivers have seen drastically improving conditions over the past several days. Turbidity is decreasing along with the flow decrease. We have three plus… Continue reading Are you ready?
Hebgen Dam 705cfs Old Kirby Place 1430cfs Varney Bridge 2820cfs Lower Madison 2990cfs Technically the official start of summer is something like June 20th but the last five or six days have felt like summer with temperatures getting into the mid 80’s. We had a rainy May and the Madison Valley is as green as… Continue reading Summer is Almost Here
Hebgen Dam 900 cfs Old Kirby Place 994 cfs Varney Bridge 1110 cfs Ennis Dam 207 cfs Lower Madison 1340 cfs It’s been a beautiful couple weeks around the Madison Valley lately. The weather around Ennis has been about as Montana as it gets with everything from cold north winds and precipitation to summer like… Continue reading Looking Forward to Looking for Bugs
Hebgen Dam 900cfs Old Kirby Place 970cfs Varney Bridge 1060cfs Lower Madison 1270cfs For the first time in many, many moons I got skunked fly fishing today. Now I’m not the greatest angler in the world but I rarely get blanked on my home waters around Ennis, Montana. This was no half hour and didn’t… Continue reading Skunked. Not on the Madison…
Madison River Report for March 13, 2016 River Flows: Hebgen Dam 900cfs Old Kirby Place 970cfs Varney Bridge 1110cfs Ennis Dam 116 Lower Madison 1410cs I want to give a quick shout out to Matt Carey over at Trouts N’ At Outfitters for giving much of the front of the boat the other day… Continue reading Spring has Sprung and Winter is Back…briefly
Madison Flows: Hebgen Dam 910csf Old Kirby Place 970cfs Varney Bridge 1080cfs Ennis Dam 118cfs Lower Madison 1390cfs I got to do something I have not been able to do in the 16 years that I have lived in Ennis Montana. That was to float and fish, with the emphasis on fish, from Lyons… Continue reading First Time in 16 Years