I fished the Varney Bridge section of the Madison last evening. The outflow from Lake Hebgen has been reduced about 25%, which has reduced the number of holding areas. In addition, the water temperature is rising into the mid-seventies during the afternoon.
With these changes in the water, even though hatches are recovering from last week’s rains, the fish are not looking up, at least in the evening.
Best fishing should be in the morning, before the water warms. Tricos are still hatching in the morning, providing some “match the hatch” opportunities.
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