The Madison is kicking out lots of treats as anglers are tricking the river’s browns and rainbows like there’s no tomorrow. From inside Yellowstone all the way down to Ennis, reports are full of great adjectives like excellent, awesome and no-end-in-site fishing.
The Madison below Hebgen and into the Valley has been fishing well, including both the wade and float sections, according to the guys at Madison River Outfitters in West Yellowstone. Don’t want to be bothered by other anglers? Float Lyons to Palisades, it’s been empty and fishing great. Nymphing has been pulling up awesome fall fish, including a few that are definitely out of Ennis Lake. Top tier bugs are #16 Guide Dips, #18 Crystal Dips, #16 Ram Caddis, and a fish smaller stonefly pattern like #10 Sili Leg or #12 Biot Stone.
The guides at Madison River Outfitters also added that if you want to target big migratory Browns and Bows, then you should fish the Ghost Village section between Hebgen Dam and Quake Lake. If you’re looking to throw the meaty streamers in the pocket water, do it early or late, especially with open skies. We’re tying on Cheech’s Leech, #6 Yellow Tungsten Bugger and Black Peanut Envy’s. Nymphing the same pocket water and seams with medium-to-small, quick sinking bugs is also the ticket, try out #10 Tungsten Goldies, #16 Biot Caddis Larvae, and #18 Red Tailwater Tiny’s.
One old friend of this writer’s has been doing well above Hebgen and into =Yellowstone as one angler caught a 25 3/4-inch brown below the Madison Campground. Conditions are on the chilly side as it is near November, but if you are too wimpy to sleep in a tent this time of year, or anytime for that matter, you should check out the Caddis Shack along the Madison below Quake Lake. It is located close to the river near the Slide Inn and can accommodate numerous fishing buddies, but book early if you decide to give it a try.
As for the Caddis Shack, anglers will find a brand new rental property with all the amenities of a 5-star resort. Completed in March 2014, the 3 bedroom, 2 bath + loft offers enough space to sleep 2 to 8 people. Live in the lap of luxury for a couple days or even a week. Here you’ll find log and barn wood furniture that has been custom made for us by a local craftsman. Real wood floors in common areas and carpet in bedrooms and the loft. Enjoy a very comfortable and thoughtful accommodations to make sure your trip is as enjoyable as possible, including comfortable mattresses, quality pillows (down and regular pillows) and linens. The owners know a good night’s sleep is paramount to enjoying your vacation. You can open the windows at night and listen to the sounds of the river!
As for the kitchen, anglers will find a spacious, fully equipped modern kitchen with quartz counter tops, knotty alder cabinets and stainless steel appliances including large 30 cubic foot refrigerator, gas convection range, quiet dishwasher and trash compactor. There is a large center island allowing for comfortable kitchen gatherings so set up the taco bar. The house is stocked with pots and pans, dishware/flatware, good, sharp kitchen knives, microwave, coffee maker, coffee grinder, blender, food processor, rice cooker, toaster, crock pot, storage containers and regularly needed items such as foil, plastic wrap, sandwich baggies, gallon zip bags, sugar, spices, and more. Adding to the home’s appeal are wireless internet service, forced air heat and additional electric heaters in the bathrooms, ceiling fans and full laundry for longer stays.
After eating and your long day on the river, enjoy the home’s large rear deck that overlooks the river and runs the full length of the house. There is a seven foot barn wood table and benches with a propane gas grill. It is perfect for enjoying a meal together with a spectacular view of the river and sunsets. There are also Adirondack chairs on both upper deck and lower level to enjoy the view. Observe the evening hatch and the Montana moon and stars like you’ve never seen.
For more information contact Randy and Samantha Arbogast (831) 475-8147 or e-mail GoFish@thecaddisshack.com. Read more about the Madison in the most recent issue of High Country Angler.