Lower Madison

November 18, 2021

Fishing Conditions

November 18, 2021

The Lower Madison is clinging on to fall while the rest of the area is firmly in the grasp of early winter. Sub-surface will be your most productive option with a variety of things working such as a crayfish, worms, eggs, BWO nymphs, Perdigons, and Scuds. If you find yourself craving some dry fly action, starting mid morning Midges will be a great option. Colder temps will mean finding those deeper pockets, looking to a midge nymph or hothead bead variations. As the day warms, streamer fishing is seeing a strong response to the smaller, flashy patterns. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 18-22, Midge Cluster: 16-20, Parachute Adams: 18-22, Para Midge: 18-22

Nymphs| Mega prince 12-6; Dead Drift Crayfish: 8, Tan Turkey: 8-10; Rubber Legs 12-6; AJ's Bird Turd 6-10; San Juan Worm (assorted colors and sizes); Green Machine: 18-20; Zebra Midge: 18-22

Streamers| Sparkle Minnow: 4-6, Kreelux: 4, Mini Sex Dungeons: 6, Sculpzilla: 6-8, Zonkers: 4-8; McCune's Sculpin: 4-8

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