Written by: Maggie Mae Kuhlman, Lone Mountain Ranch
Last weekend was opening day on the Upper Madison. Although we can fish the lower and some sections of the upper river year-round, the majority of the upper is closed until the middle of May. We used our jet boat to get to a section of the inlet on Ennis Lake, which few other anglers can get to without rowing quite a way.
It was windy and rainy both days, but the fishing was so good, you didn’t even notice. I think at one point I had seven layers on.
The most productive combo was dead-drifting a white Krystal Bugger trailing with a bright purple or pink Lightning Bug. I call the technique “strymphing,” short for “streamer nymphing.” [Editor’s note: Perhaps Maggie should try a Murray’s Strymph.]