Lower Madison

November 11, 2019

Fishing Conditions

November 11, 2019

The weather has been making fishing tough at times. The "W" has been fierce at times. Mid river fishing has been doing better than if you are only fishing bank lines. A good number of fish are hiding in the weed bed buckets. If your nymphing, shorten your rig and use a little weight to drop your flies into the weed bed holes. Soft hackles are still on of the top of the list of flies at the moment but eggs are beginning to give them a run for their money. The shuttles are no longer running on the Lower Madison so if you are floating you will need a second vehichle or a thumb. During times when the bite is somewhat slacking it is usually better to stop and fish if you are floating. The one shot you get at a fish while floating by may not be enough, it may take several drifts past the same fish before he eats. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Purple Haze: 14-18, Parachute Adams: 16-18, Film Critic BWO: 16-18, Challenged BWO: 16-18-20, Pull Over Baetis: 16-18, Hackle Stacker BWO: 16-18-20

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 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, 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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