Madison River

by | Jun 19, 2006 | 0 comments

The flow out of Hebgen is 740 cfs. At Kirby it is 1250 cfs. So much for keeping the Madison at 1500 – 2000 cfs for the summer. Hebgen Lake is not yet full, but should be by July 4th. I guided yesterday on the Madison from Lyons to Palisades and we had reasonably good angling. The folks in my boat were beginners and they hooked into plenty of nice trout using rubber legs, serendipties and mayfly nymphs. There isn’t much for dry fly fishing just yet on the upper stretches of the Madison, but it is not far away. The river is still green and the visibility is about 18 inches in most spots. In my opinion, green is a great color for nymphing big stone fly nymphs and trout are definitly eating the stone flies.