Lower Madison

September 20, 2020

Fishing Conditions

September 20, 2020

Water temperatures are looking great on the lower and the fishing has been fairly consistent. No need to head out too early, as we have seen the fishing improves as water temps rise throughout the day. There is still the occansional fish eating a hopper, but nothing like they were a week or two ago. However, with the clouds and rain, BWOs are out and the fish are taking notice. Don't head out this way without some in your box. Along with the cooler water temps, the nymph bite has solid as of late. Crayfish, worms, soft hackles, caddis pupa, and attractor mayfly patterns are our go to's. Streamer fishing is taking off and some big browns fell victim for some bigger flies in yesterday's rain. For now, smaller natural colored streamers have been working best, as the big articulated flies are getting more refusals than eats. Don't ignore the wooly bugger out this way either! 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Golden Chubby; 8-12, Headlight Sally; 14-18, Snowshoe Sally; 12-14, Para- Sulfer; 16-20, Hairwing Dun PMD: 14-18, C-UM Spinner; 14-18, Elk Hair Caddis: 12-18, Peacock Caddis: 14-16, Caddis Emerger: 12-18, X-Caddis: 12-18, Purple Haze: 14-18, Parachute Adams: 16-18

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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