The middle Madison is making up for the high water that resulted from problems at Hebgen Dam. Great responses to streamer patterns, large nymphs, BWO life cycle, and caddis patterns. Hebgen Lake continues to offer good fishing for those presenting streamer patterns in estuaries.
We have some reports of fishing picking up in Clark Canyon Reservoir for those presenting leech patterns near the Red Rock inlet. Flow out of the dam is around 300 cfs, but look for reductions in the near future. The Madison River below Quake Lake is fishing fine, the problem is in the road conditions for getting there.
Walking the shoreline of Hebgen Lake to present streamers is still effective. So is fishing streamers in the river above the reservoir. Fishing on the Madison River below Quake is near where it should be thanks to the fix on Hebgen Dam.
A temporary fix has been put on Hebgen Dam, so fishing on the Madison below is improving and will continue to do so throughout the fall season barring more problems with flows out of the dam. Walking the shoreline around Hebgen Lake and presenting streamers and wooly bugger types has been productive.
Flow out of Hebgen Lake Dam dropped to over 1150 cfs giving a small break to the high flows that the Madison has been experiencing. These flows are continuing to drop fairly steady everyday as they are trying to fix the dam. Call the shop for updated flows.
Flows out of Hebgen Dam remain well over 3000 cfs, so we do not recommend the river below as a destination. Water level in Hebgen Lake is very low because of the situation at the dam. Look for still waters such as Elk Lake, Hidden Lake, Wade Lake and Cliff Lake to offer some great deep water streamer fishing soon.