Lower Madison

July 13, 2020

Fishing Conditions

July 13, 2020

The Lowers flows have been all over the place as of lately, but that hasn't stopped the fishing. PMDs and Caddis are the main game with the tapering down of the Brown Drake hatch in the evenings. Crayfish, worms, soft hackles, caddis pupa, and attractor mayfly patterns are our go to's when nymphing the lower. If you're not having any luck fishing the banks, try casting your bugs over the weed beds. Its the time of year to be on the lookout for water temps on this river. Once the temps hit 65F it can be really hard on the fish and if played too long the fish will die. If you can help it, try keeping the fish in the water at all times and handle the fish as little as possible. Nipping your barbs to get a quick release is a good call also. Streamer fishing will be a little tougher now that the weeds are starting to get thick in some sections. Expect to run into a lot of weeds once you get below Blacks Ford. If you do head out this way be aware the tube hatch is in full force so plan accordingly.

***This year will be the first year for the lower to be permantly hoot owled from July 15th till August 15th. The daily closure will run from 2 P.M. 12 A.M. This closure covers Warm Springs fishing access down to the confluence. This closure doesn't include Bear Trap canyon. ***

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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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