Lower Madison

June 24, 2019

Fishing Conditions

June 24, 2019

They have been slowly dropping the water levels with the colder temps, right now she is sitting right around 2000cfs. This is still slightly high and will most likely make wade fishing a bit tougher than normal.The temperatures have also dropped to 57-60 degree. For the week to come, it looks like we will have a resurgence of summer weather, this will bring the caddis and PMDs back and ready for action. The fish will be feeding on dries more so in the mornings and evenings, but along the banks there is action with a small Chubby or a adams throughout the day. With the current drop in flows, nymphing will be your best bet. The crayfish bite has picked up with fish holding over the weed beds. Look for fish in the shallow water where transitions between the buckets are. If you're not picking fish up in the shallows add a bit of weight and begin to dredge the buckets throughout the beds. Make sure to cast above the bucket and allow the crayfish to fall in with a natural dead drift. Fish are also hanging on the banks looking for march brown nymphs, caddis pupas and crayfish.  The flow is holding somewhat steady for now atleast, while wade fishing may be tough the consistent flow will have fish on the feed. Get it while you can out here. This river heats up quickly, especially with low flows. We may only have a week or two more before temperatures get to lethal levels for the fish. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, Purple Haze: 14-18, Adams Para Wulff: 14-18, Matts Midge: 18, Quigley Cluster: 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 Eggs: 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, 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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