Fishing on the Madison has been nothing short of spectacular this spring. The unseasonably warm weather got the action started much earlier than normal this year. We had several good days in Febraury, many in March and April has come in like a lion! The river has been running around 750 CFS (Kirby) recently which is pretty low. This has us predominantly fishing the Varney to Town stretch. Macatee to Varney is open to fishing but the low flows can make for a pretty bumpy ride through the Cameron Flats...
We are seeing plenty of healthy Rainbows in the Varney stretch, as usual in the springtime. Our theory is that many of these fish are migratory and will return to Ennis lake during the runoff. But for now it has been a Bonanza. Indicator nymphing has been the most productive tactic, and a few fish are being taken on streamers too. Mostly fished low and slow. And yesterday we saw the first Baetis hatch of the spring on the upper Madison, so the dry fly game should be coming on.
Speaking of dry flies, the Skwallas are out on the Big Hole and fish are taking Chubbys!
MVP fly patterns of late:
#10 Girdle Bugs - all colors
CJ's egg worm
BH Pheasant Tail