Upper Madison

May 6, 2021

Fishing Conditions

May 6, 2021

The upper has been fishing great overall. The clarity and conditions are near perfect. Hebgen and Quake lakes are still frozen, but should be icing off in the near future. Small and flashy is the name of the game if you decide to nymph; Green Machines, $3 dips, purple deaths, worms, shop vacs, black and brown rubber legs and zebra midges are all good bets. You can also have some success dead drifting a sculpin under a bobber.  It's crucial that your bugs are getting down fast on the upper. If you're not ticking bottom every cast add some weight until you do. Dry fly fishing has been decent depending on the day. We have had good reports of anglers doing well on BWOs near Raynolds and 3 dollar bridge when theres some clouds and low wind conditions. Caddis should be popping over here anyday now. We will keep you updated. There has been some nice fish coming on the streamer recently, cloudy days have been better overall.  Streamer color has been variable lately, but typically black, olive and white are our favorites. We have had reports of anglers getting better streamer eats near lyons bridge and below. In between the lakes will have some deep snow in spots but you can get in easily below the dam. The sweet spot seems to be the three dollar area with excellent streamer, dry and nymph opportunities. Just watch that weather, wind can be the kiss of death for the dry fly fishing up this way. Also, be sure to leave those reds alone. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Renegades: 14-18, Griffith’s Gnat: 16-18-20, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Matt’s Midge: 20-22-24, Brook Sprout BWO: 16-18-20, Film Critic: 16-18-20, Thorax BWO: 16-18-20

Nymphs| Mega prince: 8-12, Delektable Hurless: 6-10, 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, Rainbow Warrior; 16-18, Split Case BWO; 18-20,

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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