Lower Madison

May 6, 2021

Fishing Conditions

May 6, 2021

Caddis are here! With the recent warm weather we have seen the caddis hatching in full force. Fish are taking notice and you'll probably end up eating a few yourself. Don't be afraid to stay out till dark on this hatch. However the lake has been a bit of a wild card with varying weather and high winds. It seems to be flipping every few days and adding some color to the water. The fishing has been good on these days still, it just changes to mostly a nymph or streamer game. Its that time of year where flows are a bit unpredictable. Double nymph rigs have been the best way to get the numbers typically consisting of worms, crayfish, zirdle bugs, soft hackles, lil spanker, and dirty birds. If the clouds are in and the wind is calm, the blue winged olives have also been out in full force. Watch the edges of the river for heads coming up in the afternoon. This is a great time for the lower madison!

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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, Thorax BWO: 16-18-20, CDC Emerger BWO: 16-18-20, Comparadun BWO: 16-18-20, Challenged BWO: 16-18-20, CDC elk hair caddis: 14-18, X-caddis tan & olive 14-18, Snow shoe caddis: 14-18, Goddard caddis: 14-16

Nymphs| Split-Case PMD; 18-20, Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zirddle: 6-8 Copper John Black or Blue: 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, Cased caddis: 12-14, Dirty Bird: hares ear & olive 12-14, Sernengold: 12-16, Z-wing caddis: 14-18

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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