Madison River

Opening Weekend

Dam: 697 cfs

Kirby: 1,280 cfs

Varney: 2,090 cfs

Just about everyone that walked in the shop yesterday afternoon had a smile on their face and plenty of great fish stories to share around the counter.   Despite good numbers of BWOs and March Browns on the water, we didn’t hear much in the way of good dry fly fishing from most anglers, but that’s to be expected when you’re faced with roughly a foot of visibility.  The nymph bite on the other hand was a whole different story.  As usual, a brown Pat’s Rubber Leg seemed to be the common thread that tied most anglers into fish, but we must have heard of 12-15 different dropper flies that were effective– red serendipities, baetis nymphs/emergers, zebra midges, lightning bugs, three dollar dips, crystal dips, olive hares ears, pheasant tails, eggs, and caddis larva to name a few (although we could keep going).  Streamer fishing was pretty much “lights out” as well, and the fly of the day was Kelly’s Olive Sump, followed by the tried and true dirty water special: the black sex dungeon.  Long story short…the subsurface fishing in the wade section is incredible right now, and that isn’t likely to change any time soon.