Lower Madison

March 3, 2021

Fishing Conditions

March 3, 2021

 The worst of winter should be behind us now. The river is completely open from Grey Cliff up into Beartrap Canyon. Below Grey Cliff is still chunky. This is the place for an early season float. The ramps are in great shape. With all the sun that is predicted, a flashy nymph will be highly visible. Find those deep slow runs and you'll pick up a fish or two. Error on the side of longer leaders and heavier flies, and add some split shot to get your bugs down. We have been fishing scuds, soft hackles, worms, midges, eggs, and sow bugs. If you find yourself on a calm cloudy day look for fish rising to midges in the softer water and behind rocks. The streamer bite has been day-to-day with smaller sculpin and baitfish patterns getting some eats. Winter streamer fishing is a different game, try stripping slow and or swinging your bugs. We've been having luck on more natural colored patterns like light olive and tan. Don't ignore the wooly bugger out this way either

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 18-20, Biot-Midge: 20-22, Quigley Cluster: 18-20-24, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Matt’s Midge: 18-20-22

Nymphs| Split-Case PMD; 18-20, Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zirddle: 6-8 Copper John Black or Blue: 16-18, BHFB Hares Ear: 16-18, San Juan Worms Pink, Orange, Brown, Tan, Red: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, 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

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