The Lower Madison can be a great cold day winter fishery if the slush and shelf ice are not too bad. If it is overcast look for fish rising in soft water and target buckets with small streamers like Cowbell Crays and Jig Buggers. Fish looking up will take smaller mayflies like an Extended Body Parachute Adams, and or midge patterns like a Buzzball and Griffith's Gnats. On average days you will find that nymphing will be the most consistent. Try a leech, crawfish, or worm trailed by your favorite slim bodied euro nymph or baetis nymph pattern. Don't be afraid to throw a hot beaded nymph or egg pattern like a Meth egg, Glo Bug, Death Roe, or our shop favorite, an Eggy Azalea! Lower Bear Trap Canyon is a really fun place to fish when there is snow on the ground, park at the lower lot and walk up!
Parachute Adams (16-20), Purple Haze (16-20), Sparkle Dun (16-20), Challenged BWO, Griffiths Gnat (16-20), Extended Body BWO (16-20), Buzzball (16-18)
Mills Cowbell Cray Tan/ Olive (6), Beadhead Rubber Leg Krystal Bugger Brown/Olive/Black (6-10), Hale Bopp Leech (10), Mini Peanut Yellow/ Tan/ Brown (6), Swim Coach Black and Purple (2), Nancy P Tan/ Olive (6)
Pheasant Tail (12-20), BH Hare’s Ear (8-20), Lightning Bug, Zirdle Orange, Tan, Natural (6-12), Black Blowtorch (12-16), Hare's Ear Blowtorch (14-16), Machines (16-20), Lil Spankers (16-20), Juju Baetis (16-20), Quilldigon Natural, Yellow, Pink (16-18) Worms, Eggs, Mops