Upper Madison

April 27, 2017

Fishing Conditions

April 27, 2017

 The flow out of Hebgen dam is finally starting to get big, it's at 1410 cfs today. Below the West Fork it has crept over 1600 cfs. These are big enough flows to put a lot more fish on the banks. The fishing has been good and more fish are looking to the surface for dry flies. Lots of midges are hatching each day, and I mean LOTS! The Blue Wings are on the water now too. These have been out from around 2 to 4 o'clock. You will see more adults on the water on the cloudier days. It won't be that much longer before we have a caddis hatch. The water temps are getting very close. The upper sections of the river have a better bite going for the streamers. The fish are preferring a slower action rather than fast, even a dead drift. Most Rainbows have Finished spawning but we all need to keep from walking through their redds for a while.  


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Midge Cluster: 16-18, Spider Midge: 18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22-24, Challenged BWO: 16-18-20, Brook Sprout BWO: 16-18-20-22, C-UM Spinner: 16-18-20, Purple Haze: 12-14-16-18, Para Wulff Adams: 14-16-18

Nymphs| TB Bruised Baetis: 18-20, Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, Killer Mayfly Nymph Olive or Black: 18-20, San Juan Worm: 6-8-10, Delektable Purple Hurless: 6-8-10, Black Pearl: 6-8, Coppertone: 6-8, Pat's Rubberlegs: 6-8-10, Copper John Black and Blue: 16-18-20, Dirty Bird: 12-14-16, Serengold, Olive: 14-16-18, Crawling Caddis: 16-18

Streamers| Hairy Sculpin Brown & Olive: 2-4 Bow River Bugger Whiteface Black: 4-6, Sex Dungeon Rust, Yellow, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Black: 2 Conehead JJ Special: 2-4 Home Invader Yellow, White: 2 Zonkers Black, Olive, Natural/Copper: 4-6, Double Screamer Streamer Olive/Black: 2 Circus Peanut Olive: 2 Sculpzilla Black, Dark Olive: 4-8


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