Lower Madison

January 11, 2021

Fishing Conditions

January 11, 2021

 The lower is always a solid local option throughout the winter months due to the consistent water temps and flows. Dont worry about getting on the river early, fish are going to be slow to eat until lunch when they start to feel the day warming. When we have colder overnights we are starting to see more slush in the river mostly during the first half of the day. The last few days have been slushed up pretty badly. This week is bringing more warm weather our way. Be sure to check the wind forcast out this way, wind on the lower can be unforgiving some days out there. The name of the game is nymphing this time of year. Find those deep slow runs and you'll pick up a fish or two. Error on the side of longer leaders and heavier flies, and add some split shot to get your bugs down. We have been fishing scuds, soft hackles, worms, midges, eggs, and sow bugs. If you find yourself on a calm cloudy day look for fish rising to midges in the softer water and behind rocks. The streamer bite has been day-to-day with smaller sculpin and baitfish patterns getting eats. Winter streamer fishing is a different game, try stripping slow and or swinging your bugs. We've been having luck on more natural colored patterns like light olive and tan. Don't ignore the wooly bugger out this way either! 

**Please leave spawning fish alone and don't tread on redds!!!** 

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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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