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Spring in Full Swing!

March 20th, 2015

The first day of spring is upon us! Although, it really feels like more of a formality after the light winter and springtime weather we’ve had of late. Fishing on the Madison seems to already be in Spring mode. On the upper river above Ennis, fat rainbows and lanky browns are both eating stonefly nymphs and brown knotty girls size 8, Lex’s sexy stones in brown and black sizes 8 and 10, and girdle bugs in black, olive and brown. Trailing these bugs with red and pink San Juan’s or caddis pupae like springtime poopahs size 12 and 14 or evil weevils in sizes 14 and 16 is a real good bet. As the water temperatures increase throughout the day, the streamer bite has been picking up. Using a slower retrieve still seems to be working best. Drag, swing, or dead drifting though the deeper runs will produce some good eats. Olive and black wool-head sculpins size 4 and 6, Galloup’s boogey man in black, and Mccune’s sculpins in olive and natural have all been producing well.

High winds earlier in the week caused Ennis Lake to turn over and subsequently clouded visibility on the lower river. Things should be clearing up well and the fishing should as good, or better than before! Remember that closures on the upper went into effect March 1st. Downstream from Ennis Bridge to Ennis Lake, and upstream from McAtee Bridge to Quake Lake sections are closed until the 3rd Saturday in May. Be sure to check your current regulations or call the shop with any questions regarding river access.

March 20, 2015 River Flows-
Hebgen Outflow 654 cfs
Kirby-WestFork Bridge 741 cfs
Beartrap Canyon 1,300 cfs

Stay tuned for continuing River updates!

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