Upper Madison

July 14, 2019

Fishing Conditions

July 14, 2019

The Salmon flies have been spotty this year at best. If you're trying to catch the hatch you will want to either fish above or below the hatch.The majority of the hatch has already passed through, but there will most likely still be a residual hatch up high. Do not head this way without a few big orange dries in your box! We can expect this river to rise again with warm weather approaching. There are bugs up top toward the wade section so if you want to catch the hatch, head high! Down lower, fish your big stones, yellow sallies, big caddis pupas, pmds nymphs, and emergers. PMDs have made an apperance and the fish have taken notice. Also, keep an eye out for sedge caddis popping throughout the day and into the evening. If you see fish rising an olive elk hair caddis or an Ex. body pmd will get the job done for the rising fish. Clarity has improved throughout the whole river. It has a nice green tint color to it. Nymphing has been the most consistent producer with worms, stones, and smaller mayfly nymphs being the best options. Be mindful when wading certain sections of the river, even at low flows, this is a difficult one to maneuver.  ** The bridge construction at Varney access began on March 29th and will run through December 2019. Text Varney to 22828 for construction alerts. ** Varney bridge is no more. They will be leaving a small hole that you can sneak a boat through. The access point will still be open for put in and take out. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Big Foamy Orange fly 2-8, Half-Cocked Golden 6-10, Never Sink Sally 14-16, Purple Haze: 12-18, Royal Wulff: 14-18, Renegades: 14-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18-20, Ex. body PMD 14-18, CDC Emerger Pink 16-18, Elk hair caddis 14-18,

Nymphs| Zirdle Bug Black: 6, Mega prince: 8-12, Delektable Hurless: 6-10, Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, Green Machine PT: 18-20, King Prince:12-16, Coppertone: 6-8, Pat's Rubberlegs: 6-8-10, Copper John Black and Blue: 16-18-20, Green Machine: 16-18-20, crystal dip: 16-18 Three Dollar Dip:16, Worms: 12-16

Streamers| Smoke N Mirrors Cream #4, Sparkle Minnow Smoke #4, Complex Twist Bugger White Size #4, Sex Dungeon Rust, Yellow, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Black: 2 Conehead JJ Special: 2-4 Home Invader Yellow, White: 2 Zonkers White, Olive, Natural/Copper: 4-6, Double Screamer Streamer Olive/Black: 2 Circus Peanut Olive: 2 Sculpzilla Black, Dark Olive: 4-8, 2 Dolly Llama white, 8 Baby Gonga white

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