Lower Madison Fly Fishing Reports
Lower Madison Fishing Report 1/14/2021
The lower Madison has been tough to fish the last week or so because of the high winds but on the right day, it can fish pretty good in the Winter. There have been some midges on the water but they get blown away before and trout can really start to actively feed. The forecast is calling for more wind in the next couple of days so nymphing will likely be the best bet. These lower Madison fish are taking crayfish, San Juan worms, Zebra Midges, Pheasant Tails, sowbugs/scuds, and eggs currently. Work the slow-moving runs where there is some depth change, the river is low and clear right now so these spots are easy to point out.
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The lower should be on fire this week with consistent warm temps all week. Nymphing a light bodied crayfish, worms, pink sowbugs/scuds, baetis nymphs, and zebra midges will still be the most consistent option. Should be some increased dry fly activity over the next few weeks with midges and BWOs possibly March Browns soon. Streamer fishing should also heat up with warm weather, I would try a unweighted jj special, or some sort of smaller black or olive streamers.
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Lower Madison River Overview
The lower Madison River is considered to be the Madison River from below Ennis Lake, downstream to the headwaters of the Missouri River. This section of the Madison flows through the Beartrap Wilderness Area in a narrow gorge characterized by some serious whitewater and difficult access. Once the river leaves the Beartrap Canyon, the river dramatically changes character, becoming wider with a seemingly gentle flow all the way to Three Forks, where it joins the Jefferson River and Gallatin River to form the Missouri River.