Lower Madison

March 29, 2020

Fishing Conditions

March 29, 2020

The lower Madison has been a great place to be as of late. The nymph bite was more consistent with the recent cold front, but as things warm up, we should start to see a few more heads popping for midges on the calm days. Take your time working a seam line or pocket. It may take quite a few drifts to put the fly exactly where the fish wants it to drift. Pink seems to be the hot color for nymphs. Fishing midge emergers with a soft hackle has made for some fun fishing for a number of anglers. The crayfish bite is starting to pick up as well. The biggest issue lately has been the "W" in the afternoon. When it's been calm there are fish eating midges on the surface occasionally. It pays off big to hike a little bit, as we have seen many anglers with spring fever hitting the water. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat:16-18, Matt’s Midge: 20-24, Midge Cluster: 16-18, 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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