Upper Madison

March 19, 2019

Fishing Conditions

March 19, 2019

 The upper is fishing but access is tough. Below Varney there is 6 foot shelf ice along the banks. This area is wade fishing or raft fishing for now. If you have a hard side you can use the ramps up top. From Windy to McAtee the ramps are usable. Story Ditch is the only one that may need the dirt road to melt out more. Mayflies and midges are the two nymphs to be fishing a bunch. It's also still the time of year for Winter Stones to be active. The snow is still deep from Hebgen to Lyons along the banks. Once you are in the river it is easiest to just stay in, the post-holing is knee to waist deep. It's even deeper in between the lakes. This river has some fish that are eating various streamers. Not many yet but this will probably change this week with more warm weather.  

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, purple haze: 16-20, Matts Midge: 18, Royal Wulff: 16-18, Renegades: 16-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18-20, Quigley's Cluster: 14-16,

Nymphs| Zirdle Bug Black: 6, Mega prince: 8-12, Delektable Hurless: 6-10, Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, Green Machine PT: 18-20, King Prince:12-16, Coppertone: 6-8, Pat's Rubberlegs: 6-8-10, Copper John Black and Blue: 16-18-20, Green Machine: 16-18-20, Eggs: 8, crystal dip: 16-18 three dollar dip:16, Worms: 12-16

Streamers| Smoke N Mirrors Cream #4, Sparkle Minnow Smoke #4, Complex Twist Bugger White Size #4, Sex Dungeon Rust, Yellow, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Black: 2 Conehead JJ Special: 2-4 Home Invader Yellow, White: 2 Zonkers White, Olive, Natural/Copper: 4-6, Double Screamer Streamer Olive/Black: 2 Circus Peanut Olive: 2 Sculpzilla Black, Dark Olive: 4-8, 2 Dolly Llama white, 8 Baby Gonga white

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