Lower Madison

July 15, 2018

Fishing Conditions

July 15, 2018

As per usuall, the guys running the damn are all over the place. The lower has been on the drop daily and then again on the rise. Its around 2,620 cfs. The fishing has been ok, but its getting really warm out here. The temperature up at the gauge is pushing 70 daily and the lower river temperatures are probably approaching closer to 80 mid day. If you are going to fish here, make sure you go really early in the morning, even then, the water did not drop below 70 last night. The Bear Trap stays a little cooler if you want to fish into the afternoon. Either way, If you do catch fish, take care of them. Fight them quickly and keep them in the water for the release. It might be time to start searching for other options in the next week. Attractor dries are a good method to chase some fish this time of year. They keep you out of the weeds on the bottom and provide explosive surface takes. Try a humpy, royal wulff, or any chubby chernobyl. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Film Critic PMD: 16-18, 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, Extended Body PMD: 14-16-18, Chubby Chernobyl: 8-10-12-14, Water Walker: 10-12-14-16, Yeager 409: 12-14-16, Hairwing Drake: 10-12, Snowshoe Sally: 14-16

Nymphs| Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zurddler: 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 Rubberlegs Coffee, Goldenstone, Black, Turd: 8-10, 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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