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Great early Madison River fishing

Capt. William De Shaw
March 20, 2008
Madison River - Freshwater Fishing Report

Expect some good early season fly fishing on SW Montana's rivers. The Madison, a tailwater river, is always a good bet in the spring. Starting in March, and running into early June. For dry fly action, expect some early mayflys, with caddis usually fairly heavy in May. Stoneflys usually show up on the lower river the end of May, and progress to the upper river in early June. Stonefly nymphs work all spring under a strike indicator, as do small bead headed patterns such as a Prince Nymph.

Good news for all of SW Montana...most drainages are at or above average snowpack levels! If it does not get too warm too soon, we expect a real good water year.
Email me if you would like further info, or you would like to book some dates.

Good Fishing,

Madison River Fishing Forecast:

At this time, it's looking good for this spring and summer.

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Fly fishing SW Montana rivers by driftboat. Specializing in "off the beaten path" trips. William O. De Shaw is recent author of the book: Fly Fishing Secrets To Live By And for catching LARGE TROUT. A Professional Guide Service serving fly fishing anglers since 1979. Price includes guide service and lunch for 2 anglers.

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De Shaw Outfitters
196 Fish Creek Rd
Whitehall, MT 59759
Phone: 406-579-9445
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