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After a week of rain, high winds and cool weather, we finally had a sunny day, in the 70’s. I returned to the Madison, where I saw a pair of bald eagles with juvenile, and 5 moose, plus other assorted wildlife.

More importantly, the trico hatch came on schedule at 9:30, with spinner fall an hour later, prompting surface feeding by 10-12 inch rainbows. Fishing subsurface with a small wooly bugger, I caught several 15-17 inch rainbows, and one 14 inch brown trout.

The good fishing should continue for a bit, as the weather forecast is clear with moderate temperatures during the day, and cool nights, keeping the water temps comfortable for the fish!