Upper Madison

December 9, 2019

Fishing Conditions

December 9, 2019

 The Upper Madison is one of the better options for winter fishing as temperatures stay consistent along with the fishing. The streamer bite has slowed down and it is mostly a nymph game out here. More rainbows are getting hooked but there are some post spawn browns looking for a big meal. Ice will start forming this week down low, but up high around 3 dollar bridge is always a great option for winter fishing and midge hatches. Its pretty hard to beat a double nymph rig composed of a coffee pats rubberlegs to your favorite midge or mayfly dropper.  The water is thin below 8 Mile. If you float in these lower sections you may have to get out of the boat to get through a couple spots. You may want to wade around Ennis.  ** The bridge construction at Varney access began on March 29th and will run through December 2019. Text Varney to 22828 for construction alerts. ** Varney bridge is no more. They will be leaving a small hole that you can sneak a boat through. The access point will still be open for put in and take out. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Purple Haze: 12-18, Parawulff Adams: 16-18 Renegades: 14-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18-20, Ex. body BWO: 14-18, CDC Emerger Pink: 16-18, Brooks Sprout BWO: 18-20-22

Nymphs| Mega prince: 8-12, Delektable Hurless: 6-10, Lil' Spanker Gold Purple or Red: 16-18, Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, Nymphicator: 16-18, 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, 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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