Lower Madison

April 12, 2021

Fishing Conditions

April 12, 2021

The Lower Madison has been fishing great. The lake has been a bit of a wild card with cold weather and high winds. It seems to be flipping every few days and adding some cold color to the water. The fishing has been good on these days still, it just changes to mostly a nymph or streamer game. The crayfish are starting to go and the san juan worm is still a good bet on the dirty water days. If the clouds are in and the wind is calm, the blue winged olives have been out in full force. Watch the edges of the river for heads coming up in the afternoon. We should start to see weird things happening with the flows in the next week or two, so keep an eye on the gauge. It wont be long for the caddis as well. This is a great time for the lower madison!


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 18-20, Biot-Midge: 20-22, Quigley Cluster: 18-20-24, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Matt’s Midge: 18-20-22

Nymphs| Split-Case PMD; 18-20, Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zirddle: 6-8 Copper John Black or Blue: 16-18, BHFB Hares Ear: 16-18, 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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