Madison River Fishing Report 05.06.2012

by | May 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Fished the river Betwixt yesterday afternoon, hoped for some dry fly fishing, but could not get anything to rise up to a blind fished offering.  The river is a bit cool right now and I would think that most of the fish aren’t looking up.   Rubber legs, sjw, zebra midges and golden stoneflies all fooled fish.

River Temperature below Hebgen – 44-43 degrees……water is being drawn from below the surface for now, and is NOT running through the raceway.  This will continue until the lake fills, so I would expect the water to stay relatively cold for awhile.

Cabin Creek is off color, but visibility is not an issue on the right bank, therefore it makes sense to use heavy tippet for quick play – I like 6 and 8lb Maxima……maybe 5 and 6 lb if Cabin Creek continues to clear up.

Madison River Flows

at West Yellowstone: 733 cfs

below Hebgen: 1100 cfs

at Kirby Ranch: 1310 cfs

at Varney: 1700 cfs

Beartrap: 1730 cfs