Lower Madison

June 23, 2017

Fishing Conditions

June 23, 2017

The lower is getting warmer and floatilla of tubers has arrived. The fishing is definitely best in the mornings and evenings with the bite substantially slower in the afternoons. That being said the flows are good and the water is in good shape. Nymph rigs and dry dropper rigs have been the most consistent producers. A big olive zurdle bug with a pmd or yellow sally nymph behind it has been producing fish throughout the day. On the surface, pmds have been out and about especially on the cloudy days. There have also been some drakes dancing gently in the sky before sundown. A good rig is a bigger pmd or adams with a pheasant tail behind it. The caddis have also been out and we are seeing white millers as well. The fishing has been sporadic with these bugs but a tan snow shoe caddis will pick up the fish. Be aware of the crowds out here, especially on the weekends. It pays to fish early or late to avoid those 9 - 5 guide trips.


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-18-20, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Biot Midge: 20-22, Challenged BWO: 16-18-20, Extended Body BWO: 16-18-20, Film Critic: 16-18-20, Brook Sprout BWO: 16-18-20-22, : Missing Link Caddis 14-16, HFH Caddis, Olive: 14-16, Snowshoe Caddis: 16-18, Extended Body PMD: 14-18, Hi-Vis Parachute PMD: 16-18, Thorax PMD: 14-18, Parawulf PMD:16-18 Chubby Chernobyl: Gold, Orange: 8-14, Larimers Yellow Sally: 12-16, Never Sink Sally: 14-16, Snowshoe Sally: 14-16

Nymphs| Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zurddler: 6-8 Copper John Black or Blue: 16-18, BHFB Hares Ear: 16-18, Killer Mayfly Nymph Olive & Black: 18, San Juan Worms Pink, Orange, Brown, Tan, Red: 10 Eggs: 10 IED Worm: 10 Floss Worm: 14 Rubberlegs Coffee, Goldenstone, Black, Turd: 8-10, Little Bit of E: 16-18, Dirty Bird: 10-12-14-16, Crawling Caddis: 16-18, Serengold, Olive: 12-14-16, Iron Sally: 14-16, Tung. Terminator Golden: 6-8,

Streamers| Baby Gonga: 8, Haymaker Sculpin Black or Olive: 4, Triple B Olive/White 4, McCunes Sculpin: Tan 4-6, Bugger Brown: 6 Zonkers Tan/Copper, Olive/Pearl: 4-6-8 Sex Dungeon Yellow, Orange, Black: 2 Fatheads Yellow, Black: 2 Flash Fry Yellow/Brown: 2 Home Invader Yellow, Black: 2 Gold Bead Rubber Leg Krystal Bugger Black & Olive: 4-6 JJ Special: 2-4-6 Bling Minnow Gold: 6 McCune's Sculpin Olive/Tan: 4-6


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