Upper Madison

August 12, 2020

Fishing Conditions

August 12, 2020

The upper has been fishing well these last couple days with nymphs, dries, and streamers. The best fishing has been early in the morning, as the water temps heat up in the afternoon, the fishing has slowed considerably. The river is getting low and clear. Focus more on mid river structure to find the nicer fish. Fish have lots of food options right now, so this is the time of year when it pays off to switch up flies often until you find what they are keying in on. A Dry Dropper rig has been a great method lately. Don't be afraid to go small with your dropper nymph, it can sometimes be the difference between catching fish and simply fishing. Hoppers, Stones, Ants, Caddis and PMDs are out depending on what stretch of the river you are on. We've had good reports of guides and anglers getting fish on smaller pink hoppers. Streamer fishing has been hit or miss but if the clouds roll through there should be some nice fish on the chase. If the sun is high and you still want to streamer fish try throw a kreelex in copper and gold. ** Varney Bridge is open to traffic**

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Purple Haze: 12-18, Parawulff Adams: 16-18, Renegades: 14-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18-20, Elk hair caddis: 14-18, X-Caddis: 12-18, Henrys Fork Caddis; 16-18, Peacock PMX; 16, Tilt-Wing Dun PMD; 16-18, Para-Sulfer 16-20, C-UM Spinner; 14-20, Triple Decker Hopper Pink & Tan; 12-14,

Nymphs| Mega prince: 8-12, Delektable Hurless: 6-10, Split-Case PMD; 18-20, 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

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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