Upper Madison

June 20, 2018

Fishing Conditions

June 20, 2018

The upper has bumped slightly. The river has risen to just under 3,000 CFS above the West fork. The west fork is no longer pumping in mud, but rather a greenish tint. It did bump slightly as well and is adding an extra 600 CFS to the river. The entire river has good  enough visibility right now but the bump in flow has dirtied the water. Nymphing big stuff like rubber legs or streamers with smaller nymphs behind will find a few fish. Good patterns are small pheasant tails, lightning bugs, prince nymphs, hares ears, serendipity, or an RS2. Seek the softer water and work it until you find them! Don't be afraid of small flies as well. If big stuff is not working, don't be afraid to downsize. Sometimes, these smaller bugs can be the ticket. Also, don't overlook the water you'd normally wade through. Fish often push fish tight to the banks. We have had a few reports of success throwing streamers shallow up high near 3 Dollar Bridge. With the bump in flow, the low bridges are not as passable as they were. You can still get under them, but you may have to be crafty. This probably isnt the best time to try floating the lions to palasades area. This is a great time of year to do a longer stretch of river and pitch bigger streamers. Also, keep an eye on water temperatures! Salmon Flies are not far off! As soon as that water crests 62 degrees look for the bugs on the bank.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: Chubby Chernobyl: 8-16, Water Walker: 4-8, Ext. Body PMD: 16-18, Film Critic: 16-18, Challenged BWO: 16-18, Purple Para Wulff: 12-14-16, Elk Hair Caddis, Olive: 12-14-16, Missing Link Caddis: 14-16, X Caddis, Olive: 14-16, HFH Caddis, Olive: 14-16

Nymphs| Zurdle 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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