Madison River

Dam: 1,030 cfs

Kirby: 1,110 cfs

Well the sun didn’t come out until I was walking back to the house but no matter, there were heads everywhere I went, and they were eating every bug they saw…including mine. Clusters, singles, doubles they were eating them all. As usual this time of year, the fish are pretty happy to eat and it is more about a good drift than anything else. More stalk and less cast is a good idea this time of year, or really any time of year. You can get pretty close if you use just a little of the hunter inside of you.

If you are willing to do a little post holing you can have the river to yourself right now. The banks are pretty stable due to the lack of snow and the amount of sunshine that has been cooking it down, so you have pretty good access without too much work in a lot of areas.

Look for the soft edges next to the moderate speed runs, and every back eddy behind the big rocks. I saw a hand full of pods today so I am pretty sure tomorrow will be just as good if not better.

 My best bug today was a size 18 black goober midge, it is just a scaled down goober caddis. Floats forever and you can almost see it…some of the time. Typical midge fishing, set on the rise if you even think it is close.  ~ Kelly