Madison Report

#1
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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#3
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.
 
#6
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
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.
 

creekx

spent spinner
#12
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.