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Madison River Fly Fishing Report

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Nicholas A. Peterson, NorthShore of the Madison

We are entering into the last days of the season up here in the mountains.  The trees are changing colors the days are getting shorter but the fishing continues to get better! We been able to land a couple river donkeys each day if not on occasion all day giant fish!  The crowds have left so you can get lucky and spend the whole day on the river and not see another boat, purely spectacular.  With the temps getting up the to lower 70s each day the  fishing doesn’t turn on that early (which is good for the people on vacation, get to sleep in then fish!) but when it does in the afternoon it is complete epic fly fishing.  

The nymph set is working better in the mornings, rubber legs and bead heads, have produced a good number and size of fish.  The streamer bite, olive and black have worked best for me last few days, kicks on in the afternoon and hold on because some of the big ones come to play.  

If you’d like to fish Montana by yourself with beautiful weather, no crowds and huge fish, October is your time of year.


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