Lower Madison Fishing Report
The Lower is generally a consistent early spring fishery. The trout are mostly still in their slower and deeper runs so make sure to stop and work this type of water. Most of the faster riffles will be devoid of trout. Float fishing isn’t as productive but using a boat to hop from run to run isn’t a bad idea. Nymphing is the best option but slow stripping streamers can also produce as water temps begin o creep up. For nymphs something big on top is still a good idea and options include a sculpin, crayfish, yuk bug or san juan worm. Smaller patterns as a dropper include small pink lightning bugs, cdc baetis nymphs, pheasant tails and egg patterns. Some dry fly action on midges can also be an option on mild days, especially closer to Bear Trap.
The Month Ahead:
As the days get longer and we see more stretches of warmer weather the lower will start producing some solid fishing. Nymphing and streamer fishing will be your best bets.
Long Term Fishing Forecast:
The Lower will be a go to location for the entire spring. The best fishing is usually nymphing and maybe pulling streamers. When the Mother’s Day Caddis hatch gets going in mid May that can produce some decent dry fly activity on the right days.