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Cool Weather!

April 29th, 2016

With the recent colder temperatures the Madison has finally leveled out and started to drop in flows. It is currently running a 1420cfs at Varney and this trend should continue throughout the week. The clarity is good above the West Fork and as you get closer to Ennis it is about 3ft. With that being said the water temperatures have also dropped and we are targeting the slower moving water along the banks and the inside corners. The nymph fishing has been the most consistent with stonefly nymphs such as the Mega Prince and Pat’s Rubber Legs in the #8 and #10 ranges being our best producers. The dropper has been a bit less consistent but we have found good fishing with smaller Prince Nymphs, Pheasant Tails, Zebra midges, BWOs, Caddis larva and San Juan Worms.

If you are the dry fly enthusiast I would focus my attention on either the water around Lyons Bridge or on the lower Madison below Bear Trap Canyon. The BWO hatch has been spotty at best but we have seen solid hatches all the way down to Ruby Creek and on the right day in the right conditions there may be potential to see rising fish. In the early afternoon hours the Midge fishing up high in the walk wade section will be your best shot at dry fly fishing. We are fishing Midge Clusters and Griffiths Gnats in sizes #18-#22. On the other hand we have seen some pretty good hatches of Mother’s Day caddis and baetis on the lower Madison below Bear Trap. The Lower Madison has dropped in flows the last couple days and clarity should be getting better as well. It is currently running at 1600cfs. If streamer fishing is your fancy some of the best times to break out the 7wt and throw streamers is when the water is up and off color. We have had some pretty good days pitching large dark sculpin patterns close to the banks keeping our retrieves slow and downstream. Black and olive Skulpzillas as well as the black Cheech Leach have been my go to patterns.

On the other hand some days, brighter baitfish and attractor flies have been effective as well. I like to switch, switch and switch some more until I find the right combination. The real key has been putting your casts close to structure and the banks and combining that with a slower retrieve. The fish have been grabbing almost immediately so hang on and be ready for aggressive takes. If you want any more up to date information on particular sections or flies give us a ring at the shop and stay tuned for future fishing reports. Tight Lines.

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MADISON RIVER FLOWS- April 29th, 2016
Hebgen Outflow 861 cfs
Kirby-West Fork Bridge 1,050 cfs
Beartrap Canyon, below Ennis Lake 1,610 cfs

Stay tuned for continuing River updates!

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