Upper Madison

July 8, 2020

Fishing Conditions

July 8, 2020

The upper has been fishing well these last couple with nymphs, dries, and streamers. The river is getting low and clearing up alot compared to how it was last week. Focus more on mid river structure to find the nicer fish. Fish have lots of food options right now, this is the time of year when it pays off to switch up flies often until you find what they are keying in on. Salmonflies, Goldenstones, Yellow Sallies and PMDs are out depending on what stretch of the river you are on. Salmonflies are up high right now.  Also, worms, caddis larvae, soft hackles and larger mayfly attractors are all working subsurface. Don't be afraid to experiment with more weight if you aren't getting into fish. An extra split shot can often be the difference between simply fishing, and catching fish.  Streamer fishing has been hit or miss lately but afternoon storms have had some nice browns on the chase.  White still seems to be the hot color.   ** Varney Bridge is open to traffic**

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Rogue River Stone; 4-8, Salmon Cat Vomit; 4-8, Dog Puke; 4-8, Henrys Fork Salmonfly; 4-8, Golden Chubby; 8-10, Romans Thing from Uranus; 6-8, Golden Dog Puke; 6-8, Purple Haze: 12-18, Parawulff Adams: 16-18, Renegades: 14-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18-20, Elk hair caddis: 14-18, X-Caddis: 12-18

Nymphs| Mega prince: 8-12, Delektable Hurless: 6-10, Tungston Retriever Golden; 6-8, Tungston Golden Stone; 8-12, Tungston Terminator Golden; 6-8,Lil' Spanker Gold Purple or Red: 16-18, Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, Nymphicator: 16-18, Green Machine PT: 18-20, King Prince:12-16, Coppertone: 6-8, Pat's Rubberlegs: 6-8-10, Copper John Black and Blue: 16-18-20, Green Machine: 16-18-20, Crystal dip: 16-18 Three Dollar Dip:16, Worms: 12-16

Streamers| Smoke N Mirrors Cream #4, Sparkle Minnow Smoke #4, Complex Twist Bugger White Size #4, Sex Dungeon Rust, Yellow, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Black: 2 Conehead JJ Special: 2-4 Home Invader Yellow, White: 2 Zonkers White, Olive, Natural/Copper: 4-6, Double Screamer Streamer Olive/Black: 2 Circus Peanut Olive: 2 Sculpzilla Black, Dark Olive: 4-8, 2 Dolly Llama white, 8 Baby Gonga white

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