Madison River fishing report: Varney to Town

by | Mar 30, 2012 | 0 comments

With flows hovering around 1300 cfs, the upper Madison is in super good shape.   Our forecast was for 55 and slightly sunny, with increasing clouds in the afternoon, but the weatherman didn’t get that right at all.  Actually, it blew downstream all day – really hard at times – and never got above 45 degrees.  Forecasting weather this time of the year is for the birds….they never get it right.  Your best bet is to buck up, get your ass off the couch and go fishing.  Weather delays are for baseball….GO CARDS!

Dave came over from Wyoming for his first float trip down the Madison, he wanted to fish streamers so we started out with that.  After moving two fish with one grab, we switched to nymphs and anchored up on one of those classic upper Madison runs….you know the type………anchor dropped in slow dead water, off the tail end of an island with waist deep, flat water but moving at that oh so sexy of a pace about 15 feet from the boat.  It didn’t take long to figure out that the fish were keying on nymphs.  With a rubber leg and various spring droppers, we caught fish in damn near every spot.  The rubber leg did most of the work and at one point we fished just that fly…on 2x, at 6 and half feet.   From time to time we did go back to the streamer, but only landed one rainbow – almost 20 inches – swinging it through a deep pocket.  All the fish were shit hot, jumping three or four times with a couple good long runs.  Sounds fun, doesn’t it?

This is, hands down, one of my favorite seasons on the Madison River.  We will be running spring trips until the water turns brown from mud, so if you’re interested in fishing this very productive stretch, please give us a shout.  The fishing is only going to get better……and if you can come out during the work week, you might be the only boat on the water, just like yesterday.



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