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Madison River Beaverhead River Report Big Hole River Report

Warmer Weather Soon!

February 3, 2016

Ice and slush dominate the conditions right now on the upper Madison, but warmer weather at the end of the week should bring back the fishing we had prior to the recent cold snap. We had been having some good midge hatches up river particularly up near Reynolds Bridge which is typically one of the best areas for winter hatches. The midges have been on the smaller side and you will most likely need something like a size 20-22 in order to correctly replicate them. Nymphing has been fairly consistent throughout the entire river using a large dark stonefly like a black or brown Pat’s or Lex’s improved stone in size 8-10 as your lead and red or black midge larvae in size 18 or red headed step child in size 16-18 or try are $3 dips in crystal or red size 16. Remember, if you find one you’ve probably found a few so work hard in those areas and try lots of different drifts.

If you’re looking to streamer fish, smaller flies like egg sucking leaches, buggers and size 8 sculpzillas are the way I would start. More important, however, is going to be the speed, or lack thereof on the retrieve. Dead drifting and swinging the streamer slowly through the big runs is what you need to get them to eat their meat this time of year. Licenses for the 2016 fishing season are now on sale. The new season starts on March 1st, don’t forget, and get your new license soon!

Call 800-227-7127 or stop in the shop for information on river float times and walk/wade restrictions in certain sections. We hope to see you soon!

MADISON RIVER FLOWS- February 3rd, 2016
Hebgen Outflow 870 cfs
Kirby-West Fork Bridge 1,020 cfs
Beartrap Canyon, below Ennis Lake 1,150 cfs

Stay tuned for continuing River updates!

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