Wild Week on the Upper Madison

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It was a wild week on the channel section of the upper Madison river this week as we closed out the first official year of the Spring Field Campaign.  Alternating between two days of mid 70 degree weather and brilliant sunshine with two days of 30 degree weather and intermittent whiteouts, the fishing was as expected – Hot and Cold.

Dan Larson, Ron Burnside, Patrick Dowd, Barney Hallin, Charlie Conn and I explored new water that could be the coolest channel sections of the river we ever encountered.  Isolated deep bank cuts with alternating pools, riffles and gravel sections create the perfect habitat for migratory spawning rainbows, ideal laminar-flow feeding lanes for drop-back fish and dark holes that support ambush ready brown trout.

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We also had the privilege of staying at Dan’s Madison River Ranch lodge where we were spoiled with the accommodations, food, drink and fish stories from the day.

Enjoy the photos and be sure to plan your trips for 2016.  The snowpack was recently enhanced by March and April storms and now stands at 90% or better of the historical average for the majority of regional drainages.  This means that the summer fishing should be exceptional.

T.O.

PS:  I’ve also included an old Topo map of the area that shows the tributary drainage pattern before Ennis Lake was formed in 1912.
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