Lower Madison

April 23, 2018

Fishing Conditions

April 23, 2018

 With more warm weather coming the flow has been steadily increasing to over 2,000 cfs. This is when you can only wade out into the river in a few spots, do your wade fishing from the bank to be safe. The river has some color coming out of Ennis Lake but the fishing is good. Some anglers even began fishing Chubby dry/dropper rigs this weekend with success. If you are still fishing fully under the surface, the crawfish with soft hackles also took some good fish this weekend. Some of the best strikes were at the end of drifts. as the bugs start to swing upward. You can do a long float in a day at flows over 2,000 cfs if you are bringing a boat.


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-18-20, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Biot Midge: 20-22, Midge Cluster: 16-18

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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