Upper Madison

July 28, 2021

Fishing Conditions

July 28, 2021

The Upper is fishing great in the mornings! There have been Nocturnal Stone sightings, therefore, fishing a Black and Tan Chubby with a Caddis in the very early mornings has been very productive. In the mid morning to early afternoon (before 2pm), the Hopper- Dropper rig is the hot ticket! For droppers, anything small and flashy will get the job done: Split-case pmd's, Green Machines, $3 dips, purple deaths, worms, shop vacs, black & brown rubber legs, and your favorite caddis pupa are all good bets. There have been some nice fish coming on the early morning streamer bite recently, cloudy days have been better overall.  Streamer color has been variable lately, but typically black and olive are great colors on cloudier and rainy days and yellow and white are our favorites for those sunny days.  

**Hoot Owl restricitons have gone into place the entire reach of the Madison River, from the mouth to the boundary with Yellowstone National Park ** 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Renegades: 14-18, Griffith’s Gnat: 16-18-20, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Matt’s Midge: 20-22-24, Tan, Olive, Royal, Pteronarcys Chubby Chernobyl Morrish Hopper; 6-12, CFO Ant; 14-16, Amys Ant; 10-14, Water Walkers; 10-16

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, Rainbow Warrior; 16-18, Split-case pmd's, pmd perdigons, and folds-over pmd's

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, Natural: 4-8, 2 Dolly Llama white, 8 Baby Gonga white

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