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Date 10-Dec-19
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Conditions : Madison River: The Upper Madison is one of the better options for winter fishing as temperatures stay consistent along with the fishing. The streamer bite has slowed down and it is mostly a nymph game out here. More rainbows are getting hooked but there are some post spawn browns looking for a big meal. Ice will start forming this week down low, but up high around 3 dollar bridge is always a great option for winter fishing and midge hatches. Its pretty hard to beat a double nymph rig composed of a coffee pats rubberlegs to your favorite midge or mayfly dropper. The water is thin below 8 Mile. If you float in these lower sections you may have to get out of the boat to get through a couple spots. You may want to wade around Ennis. ** The bridge construction at Varney access began on March 29th and will run through December 2019. Text Varney to 22828 for construction alerts. ** Varney bridge is no more. They will be leaving a small hole that you can sneak a boat through. The access point will still be open for put in and take out.

Lower - The snow is thin and the ice is minimal for a walk/wade. If you wanted to float the steeper ramps are still ok at Warm Springs and Blacks Ford. Nymphing will be your best bet in the slower, deep water. Typically, if you find one fish, there are plenty more there so keep casting! Bear trap is a great winter fishing option when the wind isn't howling. The dirt road to the trailhead is fine to drive. Sow bugs, midges, soft hackles and worms are still on of the top of the list of flies at the moment but eggs are giving them a run for their money. Pink seems to be the hot color for nymphs. On warmer overcast days, midge hatches can be great. This will also be a great week to break out your two handed rods and swing soft hackles and small streamers. The shuttles are no longer running on the Lower Madison so if you are floating you will need a second vehicle or a thumb.

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