Upper Madison

April 23, 2018

Fishing Conditions

April 23, 2018

 Since some of our other rivers have begun to go into run-off this is the best water conditions within two hours. The clarity is perfect and the temps are right for the B.W.O.'s and March Browns. Soft hackle flies are getting hot and a few fish have noticed some of the dry flies but they are eating just under the surface. The West Fork isn't puking yet so both banks are good to fish below this confluence. Crawling and Cased caddis patterns are becoming better droppers as the water warms. The river is filled with Rainbow eggs now and tons of fish have really keyed in on them.  


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22-24, Micro Midge: 20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Biot Midge: 20-22, Ext. Body BWO: 16-18, Film Critic: 16-18, Challenged BWO: 16-18, Purple Para Wulff: 12-14-16, Hi-Vis Paramerger BWO: 16-18

Nymphs| 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, Dirty Bird: 12-14-16, Serengold, Olive: 14-16-18, Crawling Caddis: 16-18 Hotwire Caddis: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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