Lower Madison

June 3, 2020

Fishing Conditions

June 3, 2020

Although the lower is running high and off color, it is still your best local option if you are trying to fish rivers. The key right now is finding the soft water. Fish will be pushed tight to structure such as the banks, behind boulders and in the slower buckets. Fish are primarily being taken on nymphs and streamers. Crayfish, worms, soft hackles, caddis pupa, and attractor mayfly patterns are working well. Streamer fishing has been decent with not too many numbers but some very quality brown trout hitting the net. Black, white and yellow are the hot colors. In the evenings you'll likely see some caddis and march browns out, but its hard to find suitable water for fish to rise with the current flows. If you do see fish rising, trying running a purple haze or your favorite caddis dry. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Elk Hair Caddis: 12-18, Peacock Caddis: 14-16, Caddis Emerger: 12-18, X-Caddis: 12-18, Purple Haze: 14-18, Parachute Adams: 16-18, Film Critic BWO: 16-18, Challenged BWO: 16-18-20, Pull Over Baetis: 16-18, Hackle Stacker BWO: 16-18-20

Nymphs| Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zirddle: 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 IED Worm: 10 Floss Worm: 14 Little Bit of E: 16-18, Dirty Bird: 10-12-14-16, Crawling Caddis: 16-18, Serengold, Olive: 12-14-16, 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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