Upper Madison

September 24, 2018

Fishing Conditions

September 24, 2018

The flows out of hebgen dam are great! Its currently flowing at 983CFS. There is still enough water to get through most sections without too much scraping on the bottom. With these colder nights we are starting to see the hopper/terrestrial bite dwindle, thats not to say you can't get an eat or two on a hopper. We are starting to see lots of fall baetis everywhere. Don't be afraid of small flies, if the big stuff is not working. These smaller flies can really be the ticket this time of year. The red Lil' Spankers are a small dropper that have been picking up fish all summer. Other small nymphs such as green machines and two bit hookers are a good bet. If you are wading, please be careful. If you haven't tried felts or a "foot tractor" - This is the year! Cast tight to the banks and get good drifts under the overhanging trees.  Nymphing is always a good back up option. Running smaller nymphs like a serendipity or green machines or prince nymphs can be a great tactic this time of year. The streamer bite is also in full swing, fall colors are bringing in some great fish. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: Chubby Chernobyl: 8-16, Water Walker: 8-16, Film Critic: 16-18, Challenged BWO: 16-18, Purple Para Wulff: 12-14-16, Missing Link Caddis: 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, Dirty Bird: 12-14-16, Serengold, Olive: 14-16-18, Crawling Caddis: 16-18 Hotwire Caddis: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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