Madison River Fishing Report 2/22/13

by | Feb 22, 2013 | Fishing Reports | 0 comments

Rainbow Trout

Madison River ~1,130cfs at Kirby Ranch, Madison River 1110cfs near Varney Bridge

Firstly, as of this posting (2/22/13) all of Southwestern Montana’s snow pack numbers are looking great. Most drainage’s are at 100% or above average.


  • The main river is clear of ice all the way to Ennis lake however the boat ramp in Ennis is closed for repairs due to the ice.
  • Fishing in the wade only sections from Reynold’s Bridge to Three Dollar Bridge fishing is good.
  • The boat ramp’s at Eight Mile and Burnt Tree are clear so drift fishing is a go from Mcatee Bridge down.
  • Nymphing with rubberleg stonefly patterns sizes #6 to #10 in black or brown are solid as a first fly, try trailing a Prince, San Juan worm, Shop Vac, or Pheasant tail sizes #14 to #18. Try a black or red Crystal Serendipity #16 or #18.
  • Streamer bite is starting to warm up, try an olive Sculpin or a Zonker.
  • Look for fish sipping midges in the afternoons and the slicks behind boulders and in front of large diversions. Try a Griffith’s Gnat with size#18 Beadhead Zebra Midge tied 8″ to 10″ from your dry fly.

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