Upper Madison

April 23, 2019

Fishing Conditions

April 23, 2019

 The river conditions have been changing slighty through this weeks weather and we are beginning to see a rise in CFS. You don't need to rush to the river first thing in the morning. Mayflies and midges are the two nymphs to be fishing a bunch. Above the West fork start to look for heads popping eating emerging baetis around noon on the slightly cloudy days. It's also still the time of year for Winter Stones to be active. Big Pheasant Tails or Hares Ears fished along the bottom were one of the hot flies over the weekend. The snow melt is mostly gone in the upper end of the river, the only place you still have to post hole in is between the lakes. Keep an eye on this river, Hebgen lake is full, they are going to have to dump water soon. Be mindful when wading certain sections of the river, even though we are before the flush, the river is still higher than usual. I would expect an even larger bump sometime in the next week or so.  ** The bridge constuction at Varney access began on March 29th and will run through December 2019. Text Varney to 22828 for construction alerts. **


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, purple haze: 16-20, Matts Midge: 18, Royal Wulff: 16-18, Renegades: 16-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18-20, Quigley's Cluster: 14-16,

Nymphs| Zirdle Bug Black: 6, Mega prince: 8-12, Delektable Hurless: 6-10, Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, Green Machine PT: 18-20, King Prince:12-16, Coppertone: 6-8, Pat's Rubberlegs: 6-8-10, Copper John Black and Blue: 16-18-20, Green Machine: 16-18-20, Eggs: 8, crystal dip: 16-18 three dollar dip:16, Worms: 12-16

Streamers| Smoke N Mirrors Cream #4, Sparkle Minnow Smoke #4, Complex Twist Bugger White Size #4, Sex Dungeon Rust, Yellow, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Black: 2 Conehead JJ Special: 2-4 Home Invader Yellow, White: 2 Zonkers White, Olive, Natural/Copper: 4-6, Double Screamer Streamer Olive/Black: 2 Circus Peanut Olive: 2 Sculpzilla Black, Dark Olive: 4-8, 2 Dolly Llama white, 8 Baby Gonga white


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