Madison River Fishing Report 04-12-19

Madison River Fishing Report 04-12-19

Now that the gorge is melted off the main river channel and the air temperatures have stayed in a much more comfortable fishing range the fish are of course, damn hungry and if you like easy fishing this is the time to get out there! Expect to be nymphing or streamer fishing. There are hatches of midges daily though so don’t discount the dry fly fishing either. Look for deeper holes and buckets where the fast currents slow down along inside edges and where you see green water, but remember, Madison fish aren’t afraid of some fast water so fish the faster current tongues where you’d think it was too fast for spring holding water. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Get some buddies together and check out our Spring Specials to get in on the action!

We’re seeing some very nice browns this spring when there are lots of rainbow’s in the river spawning.

BEST NYMPHS

PATS RUBBER LEG STONE #8-6 brown, black, latte, or olive

ZIRDLE BUG- #8-4 olive,black, natural/brown, black/brown, natural/latte, natural/olive

KING PRINCE-#6-8

SAN JUAN WORM- #10-4 red, pink, wine

CRYSTAL METH- #14-10 pink, orange

GLOBUG- #14-10 pink, orange, Oregon cheese, chartruese,

RED WRAPPED BEADHEAD PRINCE- #16-8

PHSYCHO PRINCE-#16-12 olive, orange, purple

Check out our TOP 12 NYMPHS FOR CATCHING TROUT for a more complete list of flies to bring.

Spring offers some great streamer angling opportunities!

Of course we love fishing streamers when in the spring and right now conditions are perfect! Steve here shows us how his efforts paid off!

This is how you’ll feel after a day of floating the Madison River!

BEST STREAMERS

WHOOLY BUGGER- #8-4 all dark colors and combinations.

ZONKER- #6-4 natural/pearl, natural/copper, black, olive

MINI-LOOP #4 natural, olive

SEX DUNGEON-mini and full size 3″ to 5″ olive, black, white, gray

BOOGIE MAN-mini to full size 3″ to 5 ” olive, black, white, gray

SPARKLE MINNOW-#8-4 sculpin, copper, black, black/white

Check out our BEST STREAMERS FOR SW MONTANA

Read our WINTER STREAMER TACTICS to up your spring streamer game!

The Madison is stuffed with a couple more thousand rainbow’s per mile like these!

BEST DRY FLIES

GRIFFITH’S GNAT- #22-18

MIDGE CLUSTER- #18-14

For more information on fly fishing in Montana and guided fly fishing trips please visit mtfishtales.com or call 406-451-2074.

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