Lower Madison

February 19, 2019

Fishing Conditions

February 19, 2019

 As if we haven't had enough cold weather this winter, one more cold spell has settled into the area. If we do get a warmer sunny day, there should be an ice free window from about 1-4 pm. During this period, try small pink scuds, midges, eggs, or worms through the deep tailouts and pools. Additionally, be careful when trying to get up to the dam. The road is nasty. There are a ton of snow drifts icy areas. This may be a place to leave alone for a few weeks. If you want to fish the bear trap, it may be better to hike up from the bottom. Pay attention to wind out here, it can be the kiss of death for a good day of fishing. As always be extra careful when walking on ice shelves and watchout for ice chunks floating down river, especially as things begin to warm up. Anglers that have gone below Blacks Ford have had the toughest fishing.  

Text "Troutfitters" to 313131 for automatic fishing report updates right to your phone.

Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, Purple Haze: 14-18, Adams Para Wulff: 14-18, Matts Midge: 18, Quigley Cluster: 18-20,

Nymphs| Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zirddle: 6-8 Copper John Black or Blue: 16-18, BHFB Hares Ear: 16-18, Killer Mayfly Nymph Olive & Black: 18, San Juan Worms Pink, Orange, Brown, Tan, Red: 10 Eggs: 10 IED Worm: 10 Floss Worm: 14 Little Bit of E: 16-18, Dirty Bird: 10-12-14-16, Crawling Caddis: 16-18, Serengold, Olive: 12-14-16, Iron Sally: 14-16, Tung. Terminator Golden: 6-8,

Streamers| Baby Gonga: 8, Haymaker Sculpin Black or Olive: 4, Triple B Olive/White 4, McCunes Sculpin: Tan 4-6, Bugger Brown: 6 Zonkers Tan/Copper, Olive/Pearl: 4-6-8 Sex Dungeon Yellow, Orange, Black: 2 Fatheads Yellow, Black: 2 Flash Fry Yellow/Brown: 2 Home Invader Yellow, Black: 2 Gold Bead Rubber Leg Krystal Bugger Black & Olive: 4-6 JJ Special: 2-4-6 Bling Minnow Gold: 6 McCune's Sculpin Olive/Tan: 4-6

Click to enlarge

More USGS Water Data

Enter your number below to receive new, up-to-date river reports from Montana Troutfitters.