Hebgen Dam 1140 cfs Old Kirby Place 1890 cfs Varney Bridge 3190 cfs Lower Madison 3120 cfs Runoff…It’s on again. At least for a time. There is still more than average amount snow in the Madison drainage for this time of year. With daytime highs reaching into the high 70s and low 80s the Madison… Continue reading On Again, Off Again, On Again…Madison River Report 6/13
Hebgen Dam 1220cfs Old Kirby Place 1490cfs Varney Bridge 1920cfs Lower Madison 2080cfs It has been a cold week here in South West Montana. Steady 15-20mph winds out of the North and cold temperatures have really slowed the progression of run off over the past 7-10 days. Water levels have been dropping and the river… Continue reading Run Off on Hold….For now, Madison River Fishing Report 5/24
Hebgen Dam 1790cfs Old Kirby Place 1890cfs Varney Bridge 2150cfs Lower Madison 2110cfs May 1st is officially in the books and although Old Man Winter can not decide if he is done with us yet, the spring fishing has been fair to great most days and his grip on us is slowing loosening. True to… Continue reading Madison River Fishing Report 5/1
Hebgen Dam 1560 cfs Old Kirby Place 1610 cfs Varney Bridge 1810 cfs Lower Madison 2290 cfs The first major thing of note is that the flows on the Madison River have come up a fair amount in the last week and a half. This is not an early push of runoff water. This is… Continue reading Madison River Fishing Report 4/15/19
Hebgen Dam 1120cfs Kirby Place 1160cfs Varney Bridge 1260cfs Lower Madison 1700cfs Good size trout coming up to eat big dries on the Madison River in the last days of March? While not unheard of, is a bit of an April fools joke. We tried and tried and tried and only got a couple of… Continue reading Madison River Fishing Report for April 1st, Hitting Dries!
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 1080cfs Kirby Place 1100cfs Varney Bridge 1150cfs Lower Madison 1610cfs Just a quick update on the Madison Rivers gorge ice conditions. In the past 48 hours the Madison River has broken through the gorge ice that was sending the bulk of the river to the east of the main channel. The River was… Continue reading Madison River Gorge Update
Hebgen Dam 910cfs Kirby Place 971cfs Varney Bridge 1050cfs Lower Madison 1470cfs Thats not really true. It was as cold as -32 a few nights ago in places around the madison valley and I believe it got to about 41 or 42 degrees today. Almost flip flop weather if not for the 3 feet of… Continue reading 75 degrees warmer than it three days ago
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 921cfs Old Kirby Place 1470cfs Varney Bridge 956cfs Lower Madison 1470cfs Winter is here now. Literally right now, as I write, he is sitting outside holding down a balmy -10 degrees Fahrenheit. That may seem cold until you find yourself in other parts of the beautiful state on Montana where temps… Continue reading Winter Fishing….on hold for now
Hebgen Dam 900cfs Kirby 1010cfs Varney Bridge 1070cfs Lower Madison 1480cfs It’s been a little while since my last post. Ok, really let’s not kid around here, it’s been a very long time since my last post. I will spare you some sort self deprecating story about how I’m not good at this and get… Continue reading It’s official….
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