Madison River Fishing Report 3/12/2021


It certainly feels like spring here in the Trout Capitol of the USA. The Madison River has been struck with Mid-High 40 degree weather for the past week and a half and that trend doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon with high 40’s projected through next Sunday. The fishing has been hot as of late with these consistent temps.



Nymphing is the name of the game right now, with fish still podded up in slow pools. Fish still aren’t going to move a whole lot for your flies this time of year, changing up your depth by adding an extra split shot can be more effective than changing flies this time of year.


Water temps are still sitting below 45 degrees which means fish still haven’t been too eager to chase streamers around; however, this could change with the few days next week that are projected to get up into the 50’s. Dead drifting a streamer right now is a great way to target the larger fish sitting at the top and the tailouts of pockets.

Dry Flies

With the warmer temps there will be plenty of midge hatches happening. Anytime the wind dies down try throwing a mating midge pattern into a slow pocket. Multiple fish have been caught this week on dries and that number should continue to grow into next week. As always be careful out there. Water temps are still low and a fall could be devastating. Fishing with a partner is a great way to make sure everyone is safe and having fun. After all there is plenty of elbow room out there.

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Friend of the shop Quinn landed this beaut while out with Business Manager Hank this past week

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Griffith’s Gnat, Mating Midge, BWO, Para-Midge, Rusty Spinner


Gold/Silver/Pearl Lightning Bug, Tung-Jig Prince Nymph, Tung Jig Frenchie, Pat’s Rubberlegs, Delektable Stonefly, Zebra Midge, Laser Worm, San Juan Worm, Eggs


Trevor’s Sculpin, Wooly Buggers, Sparkle Minnow, Pearl Zonker, Mini Boogieman, Mini Sculpzilla.

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