Lower Madison

December 2, 2019

Fishing Conditions

December 2, 2019

Mother nature is smiling on us and giving us another window of fishing before winter really sets in. With this warmer weather, expect some ice and slush for the next day or two, especially below Blacks Ford fishing access. Nymphing will be your best bet in the slower, deep water. Typically, if you find one fish, there are plenty more there so keep casting! Bear trap is a great winter fishing option when the wind isn't howling. Sow bugs, midges, soft hackles and worms are still on of the top of the list of flies at the moment but eggs are giving them a run for their money. Pink seems to be the hot color for nymphs. On warmer overcast days, midge hatches can be great. This will also be a great week to break out your two handed rods and swing soft hackles and small streamers. The shuttles are no longer running on the Lower Madison so if you are floating you will need a second vehicle or a thumb. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| 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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