Madison River: Upper - A large number of fish will have begun to move into slow seams along the banks to spend the winter months. During these cold months we need to exercise patience. Sometime it can take some time to find the feeding line. But usually with winter fishing, if you find one fish you've found a number of them. The Browns have wrapped up the spawning season but they now need to put the weight back on that they lost during spawn. The best feeding time since the shift in the weather has been from about 1 o'clock until about 3. This is when the water temp is at its warmest which is when the fish are feeding the best. This is also the time of day you could use some midge dries in the very slowest runs along the bank. Most of these fish are the smaller ones but occationally you can find a decent sized fish. The warmest water temps on the upper river are below Hebgen Dam but this is the area that usually has the coldest air temps so layer your clothing.
Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22-24, Micro Midge: 20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Biot Midge: 20-22
Nymphs| Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, Split Case PMD: 18-20, Green Machine PT: 18-20, King Prince:12-16, Coppertone: 6-8, Pat's Rubberlegs: 6-8-10, Copper John Black and Blue: 16-18-20, Dirty Bird: 12-14-16, Serengold, Olive: 14-16-18, Crawling Caddis: 16-18 Hotwire Caddis:12-16
Streamers| Smoke N Mirrors Cream #4, Sparkle Minnow Smoke #4, Complex Twist Bugger White Size #4, Sex Dungeon Rust, Yellow, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Black: 2 Conehead JJ Special: 2-4 Home Invader Yellow, White: 2 Zonkers White, Olive, Natural/Copper: 4-6, Double Screamer Streamer Olive/Black: 2 Circus Peanut Olive: 2 Sculpzilla Black, Dark Olive: 4-8, 2 Dolly Llama white, 8 Baby Gonga white