The Lower Madison has finally dropped in water temperatures, removing the Hoot Owl and making temperatures safe for fishing. The weeds are still a nuisance so dries and short leash droppers have been our rig of choice. In the mornings a small Purple Haze or a mahogony may are the best options, followed by hoppers and terrestrials mid day, and some caddis into the evening. For a dropper small and flashy has been the ticket, such as a Lightening bug or a green machine. As usual, crayfish and scuds are a solid option, but you will have to clear weeds from your line often, so keep those on a short leash as well!
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