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al simpson

I returned to the Madison River this morning, the channels section, a wading fly fisher’s delight. The weather was fair, the water cool.

I hit the water at 8:30, a bit early, and the bite was slow. By 9:30 there were a few midges coming off, and the fish became active. Good fishing lasted about two hours.

I again fished subsurface, with a small wooly bugger and a trailing purple nymph. Many small fish, 8-13 inches, took the nymph, while several large rainbows, 16-18 inches, took the bugger, and ran me down the stream. It’s hard to beat a good sized Madison River fish, they are so strong!