McAtee to 8 Mile was the float. While that is a long ways, the Madison is flowing 1290 cfs and that is plenty of water to get through Cameron Flats. We started out slow stripping streamers on a Rio Outbound Short and moved a few nice trout off the deeper, rocky banks. The streamer bite wasn’t all that good – as we expected – so we switched over the a rubber leg/worm combo and started hooking trout with some consistency. The water from McAtee to Varney fished better than Varney to 8 Mile. Was it time of day for the lower stretch? Probably, but the afternoon was warm and the traffic on the river was low. I would have expected the second half of the day to out fish the first half. The bright sun didn’t help, but we did manage to hook some nice fish from Varney to 8 Mile. Blue Winged Olives hatched in good numbers, but we didn’e see a fish rise.
You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day in the Madison Valley. A light breeze, sunshine, a good bite and snow covered mountains made for perfect float fishing weather. At 8 pm we hit the ramp and the temp was 55 degrees. One should be very careful when picking this float during the Springtime. Mac to 8 Mile can kick your ass if the wind comes up a decides to blow….if you get caught in a snowstorm the fun stops quickly. Yesterday, we hit it just right.