Upper Madison

August 17, 2019

Fishing Conditions

August 17, 2019

Hoppers are here and the bite is just going to get better and better. The dry fly fishing on the Upper Madison has been awesome this year! Hopper dropper or chubby dropper is a hard rig to beat right now. Nymphing has still been consistent with worms, stones, and smaller mayfly nymphs being the best options. With terrestrial season underway, ants are another pattern you shouldn't leave home without.  Also keep an eye out for Nocturnal Stones, we are starting to see them in most areas. Your typical lighter colored Pats rubberlegs and darker bodied Chubbies are a great option for this hatch in the early mornings and evenings. Be mindful when wading certain sections of the river, even at low flows, this is a difficult one to maneuver.  ** The bridge construction at Varney access began on March 29th and will run through December 2019. Text Varney to 22828 for construction alerts. ** Varney bridge is no more. They will be leaving a small hole that you can sneak a boat through. The access point will still be open for put in and take out. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Morrish Hopper 6-10, Amy's Ant: 10-14, Pink, Black/Tan, Royal Chubby: 8-10, Purple Haze: 12-18, Royal Wulff: 14-18, Renegades: 14-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18-20, Ex. body PMD 14-18, CDC Emerger Pink 16-18, Elk hair caddis 14-18,

Nymphs| Mega prince: 8-12, Delektable Hurless: 6-10, Lil' Spanker Gold Purple or Red: 16-18, Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, Nymphicator: 16-18, 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, 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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