Winter Fishing Report
The Madison will continue to fish well throughout the winter months on warmer days when temperatures make their way above the freezing mark. Focus your efforts on the warmest hours of the day, from about 11:00am to 4:00pm, and definitely keep an eye out for rising fish. If you see fish coming to the surface, try #20-24 Improved Zelon Midges, #20-22 Scotty's Midges, #20 Madison Buzzers, and #16-20 Griffith's Gnats.
For subsurface fishing, try a #16 brown or crystal $3 Bridge Serendipity, with a #18 Half Pint, #18 Perdigonomid, or #18-20 black Zebra Midge as a dropper. Bigger flies like #10 black Rubberlegs and #14 Euro Stones can also be effective, so don't be afraid to give those a try as well. Just be sure to cover the water thoroughly, as fish will not typically not move far to take a fly in such cold water.
We will resume weekly reports in the spring when things begin to thaw out, but if you are looking for more up-to-the-minute information in the meantime, feel free to give us a call at 406-646-7642 for our most recent reports.