Upper Madison Fishing Report for April 12, 2018

Upper Madison Fishing Report 4/12/2018

Apr, 12 2018

The Upper Madison is fishing very well and should only get better as the weather warms. More and more fish are coming out of Ennis Lake so the stretches from Varney down are seeing a lot of spawners. Just try avoiding walking around in the riffles and side channels so we let them get their business done. Eggs and flashy San Juan Worms are a good place to start with fly selection. Stonefly nymphs, Midge pupas and Baetis nymphs are also solid choices if they aren't eating the pink stuff. As you get further upstrean towards $3 Bridge the dry fly fishing has been a little better. The flows have been slowly increasing and are now at 1670 cfs which should not have an effect on the fishing. Weather today will be a bit cooler and wet, but the forecast for Friday through Sunday looks very warm and nice. Midges and Baetis are hatching and it seems pretty important to have a good selection of emergers and adults when the hatches get going. Don't be surprised if you pick up a fish or two prospecting a large skwalla, dropping a small midge below this will definitely produce fish. Stonefly nymphs and San Juan Worms are still great choices between hatches. The streamer fishing has been getting better with small sculpin patterns or baby rainbow type stuff, sometimes they want more natural colors, other times they are willing to eat bright and flashy.

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