Upper Madison

March 3, 2021

Fishing Conditions

March 3, 2021

 Our first taste of spring weather has arrived. The ice has broken up along most of the river. The most shelf ice will be in the Ennis area. Not so ready to float just yet but the conditions are fine for a good walk/wade. Small and flashy is the name of the game if you decide to nymph; Green Machines, $3 dips, purple deaths, wire worms, shop vacs, black and brown rubber legs and zebra midges are all good bets.  It's crucial that your bugs are getting down fast on the upper. If you're not ticking bottom every cast add some weight until you do. Streamer fishing is typically a quality over quantity game in the winter. Although you might not get many eats, there is always the potential for that one trophy fish. In between the lakes will have some deep snow in spots but you can get in easy below the dam. If you want to fish lower towards Quake you will need snowshoes or skis. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Renegades: 14-18, Griffith’s Gnat: 16-18-20, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Matt’s Midge: 20-22-24

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, Rainbow Warrior; 16-18, Split Case BWO; 18-20,

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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