The spring weather of last week made the run off start a bit early. It made the river a little dirty and off colored. The majority of the color is coming from the West fork of the Madison which meets the Madison River just south of Lyons Bridge. If you stand on the bridge you can see that one half of the river is green and the other half coming out of the west fork is brown. By the time the river gets to Palisades it is fully mixed with about a foot of visibility. We have still been doing really well in the float section. The best set up is a slinky sculpin pattern with either a worm or stone fly behind it. Fish this close to the bank and swim it downstream. We have been having the best luck in the softer water near the banks and the big slicks behind rocks. Also, we have been throwing on a big soft hackle in the afternoons when the BWOs are out and having a bunch of success. The guys wade fishing above Lyons bridge are reporting some very good fishing on nymphs and streamers and the occasional dry fly eater in a big slick or side current. With the cold weather predicted for the remainder of the week we expect the river to continue to stabilize drop a little each day and the clarity to improve each and every day. We also expect the fishing to improve or at least continue to fish very well. Our best bet is if you are floating stick with the big stuff near the bank to stay bent. If your wade fishing drive above the west fork and fish $3 bridge area.
Parachute BWO 14, Purple Haze 14, BWO Cripple 14,
Mega Prince 6-12, Hurless stone 6-12, Pats rubber Leg in olive, black, or coffee 6-12, San Juan worm red 10, Lazer Wrom 10, Soft hackle Purple Lightning Bug 14, Soft Hackle Lightning Bug 14, Copper John 10, Prince Nymph 6-12
Exasperator Sculpin Olive 4, Minin Loop Olive 4, Shelia Sculpin 4, Sulpzilla Olive or Black 4, Trash Can Sculpin Olive 4, Sparkle Minnow Sculpin
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