Lower Madison

October 14, 2017

Fishing Conditions

October 14, 2017

 The BWO's have arrived and there are october caddis out. If you dont see this bug its because they are a nocturnal adult and hatch in the last bit of light. If the "W" isn't bad and you have a little cloud cover there will be mid-afternoon hatches. If you take your time and watch the softer water you will find fish sipping dry flies. Swinging soft hackles this time of year can bring about some very explosive takes. On the less windy afternoons spend some time looking for heads on the edges of riffles. A small BWO parachute coupled with a ju-ju style emerger should do the trick.Tandem sculpin and crayfish rigs have been producing some very nice trout as well. Just remember the larger your flies are the more you should be moving. Cover ground if your on the hunt.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-18-20, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Biot Midge: 20-22, Purple Haze: 16-18-20, Ex. Body BWO: 16-18-20, Comparadun BWO: 16-18-20, Hi-Vis Paramerger Adams: 16-18, Screaming Banshee, Brown: 16-18, Pull Over Baetis: 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, 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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