Lower Madison

September 19, 2018

Fishing Conditions

September 19, 2018

The lower is cool and has really come into good shape. Baetis are out and about in the afternoons and fish are really taking notice. When fish are not rising try running a hopper dropper or a double nymph rig with a crayfish and a small mayfly nymph. This rig has been consistently producing throughout the day. Beware some of the fish in this river begin to stage for spawn early in the fall. LEAVE these fish ALONE! There are plenty of fish that are not hanging out on the reds. Target the deeper pools and weed beds. Let the spawning fish produce fish for the years to come. With that, beware of where you are walking. Avoid stomping through spawning gravel. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Elk Hair Caddis: 12-14-16, HFH Caddis: 14-16, Missing Link Caddis: 14-16, Adams Superfly: 8-10-12-14-16, Purple Haze: 12-14-16,Chubby Chernobyl: 8-10-12-14, Water Walker: 10-12-14-16, Challenged BWO: 16-20, Film Critic BWO; 16-20,

Nymphs| Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zirddle: 6-8 Copper John Black or Blue: 16-18, BHFB Hares Ear: 16-18, Killer Mayfly Nymph Olive & Black: 18, San Juan Worms Pink, Orange, Brown, Tan, Red: 10 Eggs: 10 IED Worm: 10 Floss Worm: 14 Little Bit of E: 16-18, Dirty Bird: 10-12-14-16, Crawling Caddis: 16-18, Serengold, Olive: 12-14-16, Iron Sally: 14-16, Tung. Terminator Golden: 6-8,

Streamers| Baby Gonga: 8, Haymaker Sculpin Black or Olive: 4, Triple B Olive/White 4, McCunes Sculpin: Tan 4-6, Bugger Brown: 6 Zonkers Tan/Copper, Olive/Pearl: 4-6-8 Sex Dungeon Yellow, Orange, Black: 2 Fatheads Yellow, Black: 2 Flash Fry Yellow/Brown: 2 Home Invader Yellow, Black: 2 Gold Bead Rubber Leg Krystal Bugger Black & Olive: 4-6 JJ Special: 2-4-6 Bling Minnow Gold: 6 McCune's Sculpin Olive/Tan: 4-6


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