Madison Report

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  1. Dan Soltau

    Dan Soltau New Member

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    Fished her memorial day weekend, the weather never got above 40, with rain/sleet/hail/snow/wind, the river was above 3000, which is is the highest in ten years, visibilty was 6" at best. Fishing, SICK, ILL. I have never been so successful fishing buggers crawdad style. I damn near spained my wrist from savage strikes. Any way, sick fishing, all fish caught between $3 and where Kirby.
     

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    What's "fishing buggers crawdad style?" I assume dead drifting them along the bottom?
     
  3. Dan Soltau

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    i would call it drag/tight line/twitching/jumping. Damn effective. I prefer a floating line and heavy bugger/with rubberlegs/and all that jazz, as opposed to sculpins which i prefer lightly weighted with a fast sinking line.
     
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    So are you fishing it nymph-style w/ a short line then? Sorry to keep asking questions, but I'm curious.
     
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    It looks like you finally got a haircut! Nice fishies! I'll be over ther in July with Brett Weir I Say!
     
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    Fly Fanatic Bull Trout

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    I love that section of the river....I've been fishing it every summer for the past 10 years. I will be over there in August this year, and am hoping that the river has dropped into shape by then. Thanks for the report!
     
  7. Dan Soltau

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    it is tough to long line this method, but you can do it after you get the basics on lockdown, it is tough to keep a long line in hydraulic waters such as the madison, but very effective once you learn to master the technique.
     
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    Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    Thats my favorite streamer technique, glad it worked out for you.
     
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    So keeping a tight line your just bouncing or twitching the fly while its on the bottom?
     
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    Monte Blackburn Wenatchee Valley Fly Fishers

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    Sick?? Ill?? take two advil and fish it again in the morning :ray1:
     
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    speyrod mike - yes

    monster2000 - (speechless)
     
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    creekx spent spinner

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    We've always called that "strymphing." It's especially effective in higher/off-color flows when the trout aren't so inclined to chase their next meal.

    BTW, nice trout. And in photo IMGP0161 you're awefully damn close to "my" water.;) I've been coveting that house (only for it's location, it's ugly) ever since I watched it being built.
     

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