Upper Madison

February 11, 2020

Fishing Conditions

February 11, 2020

The very cold overnight temps are dropping the water temps to just above 32 degrees in the morning. This will make a slow start to the day until the water begins to warm. Its pretty hard to beat a double nymph rig composed of a coffee pats rubberlegs to your favorite midge or mayfly dropper. On the more mild weather days there are good numbers of midges hatching. When they are in the soft pockets the fish are sipping on them. If you spot some heads try fishing a Griffiths Gnat. Upper river accesses are snowed in and you need park where you can and hike. 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. ** Varney Bridge construction should be completed in March/April of 2020, Text Varney to 22828 for construction alerts. ** 

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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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