Lower Madison

January 21, 2020

Fishing Conditions

January 21, 2020

The snow is thin and the ice is minimal for a walk/wade. The dirt road to the canyon parking area is perfectly fine to drive. This weeks warm weather should get some big midge hatches started. Some fish may start to sip some flies off the surface. The river is still very ice free and floatable if you want to bring a boat. Nymphing will be your best bet in the slower, deep water. Typically, if you find one fish, there are plenty more there so keep casting! Sow bugs, midges, soft hackles and worms are still on of the top of the list of flies at the moment but eggs are giving them a run for their money. Pink seems to be the hot color for nymphs. On warmer overcast days, midge hatches can be great. Fishing midge emergers with a soft hackle has made for some fun fishing for a number of anglers.


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Purple Haze: 14-18, Parachute Adams: 16-18, Film Critic BWO: 16-18, Challenged BWO: 16-18-20, Pull Over Baetis: 16-18, Hackle Stacker BWO: 16-18-20

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 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, 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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