Madison River - Below Ennis Lake, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Madison River - Below Ennis Lake, Montana Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Keep an eye on the flows. The fishing is generally best when the river has remained at a constant level or is on the drop for a couple days.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Madison River is currently Good

Water flow: 2,800cfs

Visibility: 30 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 47 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon

Best stretch: Ennis Dam to Blacks Ford

Best access point: Ennis Dam, Beartrap Canyon trailhead

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Caddis, baetis, march browns

Fish species: Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout, Mountain Whitefish

Fishing season: Year Round (Prime: October 15 - April 15)

Nearest airport: Gallatin Field Airport (BZN), Bozeman, Montana

Madison River, Below Ennis Lake Description

The Lower Madison is has some of the best trout populations of the entire river. Bear Trap Canyon is a rugged wilderness area with more of a freestone feel. As the river comes out of the Trap it flows through a more agricultural landscape and provides miles of great fishing for brown and Rainbow trout.

Techniques & Tips

The colder temperatures have slowed down the Caddis hatches but look for fish rising to Baetis and March Browns. Nymphing a worm or crayfish as your lead fly followed by a Caddis pupa is a great bet this time of year.

7-Day Forecast

Flows have been stable out of Ennis Lake, but they will probably be bumping up this week. Caddis and march browns should continue. Cool, wet weather this weekend will slow down caddis, but make for baetis hatches.


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