Lower Madison

July 18, 2018

Fishing Conditions

July 18, 2018

The window on this has more or less closed. The Water is hot, the flows are all over the place, and the weeds and grass are really bad. The water temps up by the dam have been consistently above 70 and that means the water below the canyon is well into the 70's. This is not a good temperature for trout. It is probably best to leave this river alone for a couple of months. If you do head this way, head out really really early. The water is coldest in the mornings, do not fish here in the evenings, the temperatures are lethal to trout. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Film Critic PMD: 16-18, Elk Hair Caddis: 12-14-16, HFH Caddis: 14-16, Missing Link Caddis: 14-16, Adams Superfly: 8-10-12-14-16, Purple Haze: 12-14-16, Extended Body PMD: 14-16-18, Chubby Chernobyl: 8-10-12-14, Water Walker: 10-12-14-16, Yeager 409: 12-14-16, Hairwing Drake: 10-12, Snowshoe Sally: 14-16

Nymphs| Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zurddler: 6-8 Copper John Black or Blue: 16-18, BHFB Hares Ear: 16-18, Killer Mayfly Nymph Olive & Black: 18, San Juan Worms Pink, Orange, Brown, Tan, Red: 10 Eggs: 10 IED Worm: 10 Floss Worm: 14 Rubberlegs Coffee, Goldenstone, Black, Turd: 8-10, Little Bit of E: 16-18, Dirty Bird: 10-12-14-16, Crawling Caddis: 16-18, Serengold, Olive: 12-14-16, Iron Sally: 14-16, Tung. Terminator Golden: 6-8,

Streamers| Baby Gonga: 8, Haymaker Sculpin Black or Olive: 4, Triple B Olive/White 4, McCunes Sculpin: Tan 4-6, Bugger Brown: 6 Zonkers Tan/Copper, Olive/Pearl: 4-6-8 Sex Dungeon Yellow, Orange, Black: 2 Fatheads Yellow, Black: 2 Flash Fry Yellow/Brown: 2 Home Invader Yellow, Black: 2 Gold Bead Rubber Leg Krystal Bugger Black & Olive: 4-6 JJ Special: 2-4-6 Bling Minnow Gold: 6 McCune's Sculpin Olive/Tan: 4-6


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