The Tackle Shop in Ennis wanted to remind everybody that winter fishing can be productive for those willing to brave the cold.
Here’s what they reported for a summary of winter fishing on the Madison River:
It is cold and snowy here in the trout capitol of the USA. During this time of year skiing and snowmobiling receive a lot more attention than standing in a freezing cold river. But what people don’t know is that this can be one of the most productive times of the year to be out there. Cold water pushes trout into deep slow runs often found behind boulders and elbow bends. Fish stack up in places like these and pods can often be found in the hundreds. Fishing stonefly, midge, egg, and worm patterns make nymphing an easy bet while the ambitious large trout could chase a streamer. However, during this time of year fish do not like to move a whole lot. So be prepared to change the depth of your rig often by adjusting your indicator and adding/removing split shot.
On warmer days where there is no wind, fish can be found slurping midge clusters on the surface. Small Mating Midge and Griffith’s Gnat patterns will get the job done in these circumstances. Patience is key when throwing dry flies this time of year. Again fish don’t like to move much and when they do their eat’s are extra slow. Waiting an extra half second on your hook set could be key. Another thing to be aware of is large chunks of ice that may have broken off upstream. These ice barges can prove dangerous especially if you aren’t paying attention. Being aware on the river is even more important this time of year as any slip or fall could end up in a potentially hazardous situation. Bringing along an extra set of dry cold weather clothes and fishing with a partner is highly recommended if you choose to reap the benefits of winter fishing on the Madison river.
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