Madison River

by | May 29, 2006 | 0 comments

For those how didn’t know, the flow regulators bumped up the Madison last week to clean out the silt in the river and make room for more snowmelt in Hebgen. It is still to early to know what affects it will have, but there has been some restructuring of the river bottom. Gravel bars have begun to change shape, deadfall trees have floated out of their previous locations, the channels are flowing swiftly and the river has begun to flow old channels that have been dry for many years. Trout have moved into these channels and if the channels stay flowing, more insects with migrate along with more trout. That is great. I am hopeful that the eggs which were deposited in the river prior to last wee, have remained intact and not blown downstream and destroyed. Only time will tell.