Lower Madison Fishing Report April 12, 2018

Lower Madison Fishing Report 4/12/2018

Apr, 12 2018

Reports from the lower Madison have been mixed the last few days. Flows have risen a bit to 1900 cfs and the air temps have risen, so be prepared for a good amount of precipitation today and tomorrow accumulating to 3-8 inches of snow. On cloudy days we have heard reports of Baetis hatches and good dry fly fishing when the wind is down, so be prepared with olive or purple mayfly dries in a sizes 16-20. Depending on the day and the area, the fish are still on the spring bugs program looking for one or two combos including a crawdad, San Juan Worm, Ray Charles or other scud/sowbug imitations, midge pupa or Hare's Ear. Midges are still the priority and are coming off heavily. March Brown's should begin to hatch once the water temperatures increase.  Streamer reports have been great from the last week for the most part and should get even better with this warm, cloudy weather. Darker natural colors have been the ticket. The spawn is just getting going so firebead nymphs and egg patterns have picked up a few fish but are not super hot yet.

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