Upper Madison

April 17, 2019

Fishing Conditions

April 17, 2019

 The river conditions have been holding steady through this weeks weather. Almost the only change has been a small drop in the water temp. You don't need to rush to the river first thing in the morning. Mayflies and midges are the two nymphs to be fishing a bunch. It's also still the time of year for Winter Stones to be active. Big Pheasant Tails fished along the bottom were one of the hot flies over the weekend. The snow melt is mostly gone in the upper end of the river, the only place you still have to post hole in is between the lakes. Keep an eye on this river, Hebgen lake is full, they are going to have to dump some water soon. I would expect a large bump sometime in the next week or so.  ** The bridge constuction at Varney access began on March 29th and will run through December 2019. Text Varney to 22828 for construction alerts. **


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, purple haze: 16-20, Matts Midge: 18, Royal Wulff: 16-18, Renegades: 16-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18-20, Quigley's Cluster: 14-16,

Nymphs| Zirdle Bug Black: 6, Mega prince: 8-12, Delektable Hurless: 6-10, Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, 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, Eggs: 8, 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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