Lower Madison

October 12, 2020

Fishing Conditions

October 12, 2020

Check the wind forecast before you go as this can make a break your day. No need to head out too early, as we have seen the fishing improves as water temps rise throughout the day. If you can find a cloudy day where the wind stays calm, there has been some sporadic BWO hatches. But with the actual fall weather we are getting the nymph bite has solid as of late. Crayfish, worms, scuds, soft hackles, caddis pupa, and attractor mayfly patterns are our go to's. Streamer fishing is taking off and some big browns have fallen victim for some larger flies. For now, smaller natural colored streamers have been working best, as the big articulated flies are getting more refusals than eats. Don't ignore the wooly bugger out this way either! The weather looks pretty nasty for the next two days, but should warm up nicely after that. As always, check the wind before you head out this direction. 

**Please leave spawning fish alone and don't tread on redds!!!** 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Golden Chubby; 8-12, Elk Hair Caddis: 12-18, Purple Haze: 16-18, Parachute Adams: 16-18, Brook Sprout BWO; 16-20, Thorax BWO; 18-20, Ext. Body BWO; 16-20

Nymphs| Split-Case PMD; 18-20, Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zirddle: 6-8 Copper John Black or Blue: 16-18, BHFB Hares Ear: 16-18, 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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