Typical high water is the ticket for now. The warmer weather has been melting high mountain snow melt and is flushing the river. The West Fork of the Madison is muddy and impacting the entire river downstream.
Even though the water is high and off color, the fish are still feeding. They have a lot of choices on the menu. Wading can be tough so look for easier and softer water to locate fish. Seek out dead water behind boulders and structure.
Nymphing is the best choice for now. Unless you are seeing rising fish, stick with nymphs and streamers. White is a good streamer choice. Larger stone nymphs are also a good bet. Don’t be afraid to add some weight. If you are not bumping bottom, you are not touching lips.
Drifting may not be the best choice. Moving quickly does not allow you to cover much, deeper water. Find an area and work it thoroughly. Later in the day, you may see some March Browns or Caddis come off. Dry flies have not really exploded yet but Be Prepared.
The Varney Bridge is open to traffic. I miss the old span.
Mad fish are strong and fat!
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