Lower Madison

August 23, 2017

Fishing Conditions

August 23, 2017

As of 7-19-17 the entire Lower Madison is on a Hoot Owl closure until further notice due to high water temps. The river will be closed to fishing from 2pm until midnight. The last two days have had very good water temps in the mornings. We are going to have a cold front move through the area on Thursday which will help keep the morning temps down. Small PMD's, Tricos and caddis patterns are good for the first few hours after sunrise. This is also the time of day to try some streamer fishing. Darker colored buggers have been doing well. From 10 am until 2 pm when the river closes switch into hoppers and stimulators. Try to land your fish as quick as you can and handle them as little as possible when releasing them, this will avoid stressing them to much. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-18-20, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Biot Midge: 20-22, Missing Link Caddis 14-16, HFH Caddis, Olive: 14-16, Snowshoe Caddis: 16-18, Extended Body PMD: 14-18, Hi-Vis Parachute PMD: 16-18, Thorax PMD: 14-18, Parawulf PMD:16-18 Chubby Chernobyl: Gold, Orange: 8-10-12-14, Morrish Hopper: 6-8-10-12-14, Triple Decker: 8-10-12-14, Yeager 409: 10-12-14 Wulff Irresistible: 12-14, Para Wulff Adams: 12-14

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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