Madison River Report 5.20.2012

by | May 20, 2012 | 0 comments

Madison River Flows

at West Yellowstone: 383 cfs

below Hebgen: 1050 cfs

at Kirby: 1580 cfs…..40 cfs lower than the day before

at Varney: 2300 cfs

Quake Lake has minimal visibility, the Slide has about 12 inches, yet as one travels further downstream, the Madison doesn’t look too bad at all.  The West Fork of the Madison is hardly off color.  All the tribs below Lyons Bridge are clear, so the bank water is very fishable.   Yesterday’s angling was great – we nymphed all day with a rubber leg and a sjw – red, pink and wine colored all worked.   Casting the flies into the soft water along the bank or behind a large boulder would almost always result in a tug from a nice trout.   It’s amazing how well the Madison fishes when the water is cold.  Bob and his wife Rae were a joy in the boat,  clients like this make my job easy.  I would like to give a shout out to Tim, a wonderful client of mine, who referred Bob and Rae to me.  THANKS TIM!

There were 16 rigs at Lyons Bridge, but the beauty of the Madison River is that while the boat ramp may seem busy, every boater has a different plan and is going either 8, 12 or 16 miles.  Before we ever put our boat in the water, the other boats floated on down and we were left alone….all day long.  The only other boat we saw during the day was a good friend of mine who was guiding as well.