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Madison River - Lower - May 3rd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Scattered showers
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Overcast skies this afternoon could be a good thing.  It should bring on the hatch.  That is, baetis and March Browns.  Caddis are bumping around too, though not full fledged blizzard effect.  This said, here's your fly selection basis.  Pick that dropper BH from one of these 3 hatch categories and be good with it.  Doesn't work?  change to one of the others based on visual inspections.  Out front be throwing the typicall Lower fare.  Crays, Bow Buggers, Zonkers, San Juans are all good to great point flies.  Under your Indy be running 3-6 feet of leader to said point fly.  Weight.  Add enough to get the bugs down in the zone.  If it ain't ticking every now and again, it ain't heavy enough.  Be ready to adjust as needed for different areas.  Deep buckets- add and lengthen that indy out.  Running weed bed edges- lighten up.  Want to be stealthy in those less than deep spots?  Run the short leash pro rig.... simple pinch on indies and tungsten headed point flies sized appropriately as needed to just get it in the zone.  Works!

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Madison River - Lower - April 29th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy
  • 50 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
If you are blown to North Dakota, don't blame us!  The lower is NOT a place any of us would remotely consider "escaping" the wind on tap for today.  Not in the least.  Skip it.

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Madison River - Lower - April 15th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Windy and snow
  • 35 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Winter Returns!  Today looks to be fairly brutal out there to be honest.  Wind, rain and snow squalls.  It's really that wind that makes it so damn unpleasant.....  OK, gonna be cold tonight and tomorrow as well. But if you are really going to head out, the fishing really hasn't changed all that much.  Rainbows are pretty much in their  spawning locations.  I'm sure they are stacked up under the dam by Ennis lake..... Plenty of good sized browns still lurking in all the buckets, runs, and weedbed edges however.  And their looking for a meal!  Bugs- midges for sure, baetis too.  Haven't heard much about whether anything bigger like March Browns might be starting or not.  Things aren't too terribly different than they have been as far as techniques.  Nnymphing in all the likely buckets and runs with 3-5 feet fly to Indy and enough weight to get down and tick along is the ticket.   As warm as it's been, fish have been grabby, but with this cold coming back in,  that may change for a few days..

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Madison River - Lower - April 2nd, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Sunny
  • 62 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Warm and Sunny!  And more of the same coming at least for another couple days.  Sure feels good after winter!  Is it going to last?  Heck no.  Bridger Bowl closes Sunday- it's sure to start snowing again in earnest as soon as it does!

Lots of folks walk/wade fishing.  Especially up Beartrap Canyon.  And why the heck not?  It's beautiful out there!  Fishing has been good too.  Not bad for the dudes & dudettes floating the river either.  Fish are still pretty much concentrated in the "buckets" and deeper runs so floating from depth to depth and posting up has been a good method.  Rainbows are moving and getting to spawning locations.  I'm sure they are stacked up under the dam by Ennis lake..... Bugs- midges for sure, baetis too.  Haven't heard much about whether anything bigger like March Browns might be starting or not.  It's  a little bit away for that. 

Things aren't too terribly different than they have been as far as techniques.  Yes, there is some dry fly activity to be found.  Hope for the days with clouds and not much "W" for midging fish on top as well as some blue wing olive activity in the afternoons.  Otherwise, nymphing in all the likely buckets and runs with 5-7 feet fly to Indy and enough weight to get down and tick along is the ticket.  You can try slow swinging streamers and other bugs through the buckets as well as along weedline edges to see if someone will grab.  Water temps are coming up.  So are the flows just a bit.  As warm as it's been, that may become even more evident..

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Madison River - Lower - March 19th, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Partly cloudy
  • 40 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Decent weather ahead of us for the week.  It's not so much IF the wind doesn't blow it's when.  But we are talking the Lower Maddy and March.  The two go hand-in-hand for making the W crank up!

A heads up- we have been told by MT FWP that electroshocking survey boats will be out for several days in a row on the Lower again this week doing their annual fish census work.  Up to you, but it may be a good idea to stay above the Warm Springs boat ramp area and wade fish into the Bear Trap!

Winter fishing conditions still rule.  There are some midge hatches to be found.  What you will find is predominantely smaller fish focused on them.  The bigger trout seem to be continually focused on bigger fare.  For the most part, fishing underneath with standard Lower Maddy fare like crayfish patterns, bead buggers, bow buggers, and trailing with smaller beadhead  midge, mayfly, or caddis pupa is a proven & good way to find some nice fish.  Did we mention crayfish????  Water temps are still quite chilly! Dont' fall in!  Fish as you can imagine are a bit more sluggish and won't move all that far for your bugs.  Be consistent, patient, and methodical before giving up on what looks like good water.  Find as deep and off speed runs as you can.  Happy hunting!  

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Madison River - Lower - March 1st, 2013
  • Recorded:
  • Mostly sunny
  • 48 ° F 
  • Fishing: Good
Heading into the weekend.  Looking like some awesome weather to be getting outside ---IF the wind doesn't blow too terribly bad.  But we are talking the Lower Maddy and March.  The two go hand-in-hand for making the W crank up!  Winter fishing conditions still rule.  There are some midge hatches to be found.  What you will find is predominantely smaller fish focused on them.  The bigger trout seem to be continually focused on bigger fare.  For the most part, fishing underneath with standard Lower Maddy fare like crayfish patterns, bead buggers, bow buggers, and trailing with smaller beadhead  midge, mayfly, or caddis pupa is a proven & good way to find some nice fish.  Did we mention crayfish????  Water temps are middle 30s-bbbbrrrrrr! Dont' fall in!  Fish as you can imagine are a touch sluggish and won't move all that far for your bugs.  Be consistent, patient, and methodical before giving up on what looks like good water.  Find as deep and off speed runs as you can.  Happy hunting!  

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