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Fishing Report Upper Madison River 5-7-2016

Fishing Report Upper Madison River 5-7-2016

Fishing Conditions

It is that time of year again when the brown water of spring hits us all. We have had the clock ticking for several weeks and not the alarm has sounded. We are seeing run off conditions in the Madison River right now and the water is off colored most of the way. The river is currently running at 2110 cfs at Varney this is almost double what it was just a week ago. If you are still looking to get bent and catch some fish there are some options. I would concentrate on fishing from slide in to Lyons bridge and between the lakes. These are above most of the mud pumping tribs. Sooner or later Cabin and Beaver Creek will make this section off colored but for right now it is good to go. I would fish the standard spring stuff of stone fly nymphs, caddis emergers and may fly nymphs. Most of the guys staying bent all day are bobber lobbers so go with the crowd on this one. If your looking for dry fly fishing there is still hope. Get up around $3 bridge in the afternoons or evenings on non windy days and you should see fish rising in the slicks to march browns, caddis and BWO. These will be hard to spot so keep a good look out. Targets will be scattered so if you find a pod stay on them because the next pod of risers might be quite a way's. Streamer guys this is your time to fish the Madison River. Fish are on the feed in hight off colored water and streamer fishing is at its prime. We have been having the best luck on olive and white colors. Also the sculpin imitations and sparkle minnow has been the ticket. How long will this run off last and how long will the main river stay dirty is anyones guess. I am betting a little cooler weather ill clean up the river and make it fishable in a week or so.

Fly Patterns

DRIES

Peacock Caddis 14, Bugmeister 14, Purple Haze 14, Para Dancing Caddis 14, Para BWO 14, Extended Body March Brown 12, Chubby Olive 14, Chubby Tan 14

NYMPHS

Pats rubber leg in black, olive or brown 6-10, Hurless stone 6-12, Mega Prince 6-10, Soft Hackle Purple Lightning Bug 14, CDC Baby 12, Green Machine 14, San Juan Worm Red 10, Lazer Worm 10, Plan B 10, Gummy Worm 10, Lime Juice 14, CDC Prince 14, Psyco Prince 14, FKA Prince 12, Psyco May Olive 14

STREAMERS

Trevors Olive 4, Mini Loop Olive 4, Exaspirator Olive 4, Sculpzilla Olive or White 4, Shelia 4, Banjo Bugger 6, Sparkle Minnow Sculpin 6, Sparkle Minnow White 6, Trash Can Sculpin Olive 6, Hay Maker Olive 4

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