Fishing conditions on the Lower Madison have changed a little this week. A slight drop in the water level has pushed the fish out of the shallow pockets in the flats and into the deeper pools and runs. Though most of my fish have been eating crawfish patterns, the bug activity is improving every day with big Midge hatches and a hand full of Baetis. If you can get on the water early before the wind kicks up, you should be able to find fish eating midge clusters for some dry fly action. With the warm temps the last couple of weeks, we should see significant baetis hatches any day now.
Pictured above is Frank Carter with a healthy Brown Trout caught just before the hurricane like winds blew us off the river. This fish was just one of a hand full of nice Browns and Rainbows Frank managed to fool. It seemed like every time his fly drifted in front of a big rock, the indicator would take off and he was rewarded with a healthy hand full of trout.