Lower Madison

April 27, 2017

Fishing Conditions

April 27, 2017

 Today the flow was raised to 2000 cfs. Wading gets very limited at this size of flow. It's time to bring the boat. The fish will have definately moved to a spot with some shelter from the current. The weather is supposed to get drier for Saturday and Sunday. This will increase the dry fly fishing. Definately make sure you head to the river with a decent supply of olive Elk Hair Caddis, but don't forget about the BWO's and midges. The fish are keyed in on all three bugs. With so many bugs emerging off the bottom you need to have a dropper under your dry fly. This will target a lot of fish that aren't fully coming to the surface for the adults. If you can't see the upper lip break the surface they are eating the emerging bugs. The weather is going to be wet for most of the week but the clouds will be great for dry fly fishing.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-18-20, Quigley's Cluster:16-20-24, Matt's Midge: 20-22-24, 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, Elk Hair Caddis, Olive: 12-14-16, HFH Caddis, Olive: 14-16, Snowshoe Caddis: 16-18

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

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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