Lower Madison

April 17, 2019

Fishing Conditions

April 17, 2019

The flow in the lower is normal as of today. They have been holding it steady for the better part of a week now. Get out there now if you can, this steady flow will not last. Hebgen lake is almost at full capacity and a release up to will need to be made soon. When there is a release up top, you can bet there will be a release out of Ennis as well. If you are out this way, the fish are getting active and fishing is good. The afternoons have seen solid hatches of baetis and midges. The wind is the wild card for these hatches, but if it stays calm, dry fly fishing can be really good. When the bugs are not out and about, nymphing has been the most productive method. Cray fish, worms, and smaller mayfly nymphs have been getting the job done. The streamer bite out here has been ok too. Pounding the banks from warms to blacks has been producing some really nice fish. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, Purple Haze: 14-18, Adams Para Wulff: 14-18, Matts Midge: 18, Quigley Cluster: 18-20,

Nymphs| Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zirddle: 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 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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