Lower Madison

July 14, 2019

Fishing Conditions

July 14, 2019

The flows recently got bumped up  and the temperatures rose up to 67 degrees and even warmer down below the canyon. With the high 80s heat today, the lower is simply too hot for the trout. Along with the hot temps, this river has the tube hatch in full force and there are better options to fish. It looks like the window on this river is closed. If you do head this way, make sure you get out early and land fish quickly.  The fish will be feeding on dries more so in the mornings, but along the banks there is action with a small Chubby or an adams as well. With the current bump in flows, nymphing will be your best bet. The crayfish bite has picked up with fish holding over the weed beds. Look for fish in the shallow water where transitions between the buckets are. If you're not picking fish up in the shallows add a bit of weight and begin to dredge the buckets throughout the beds. Make sure to cast above the bucket and allow the crayfish to fall in with a natural dead drift. Fish are also hanging on the banks looking for march brown nymphs, caddis pupas, pmd nymphs, and crayfish.  

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Purple Haze: 14-18, Adams Para Wulff: 14-18, Ex. Body PMD: 14-18, Elk Hair Caddis: 12-18, X Caddis: 16-18, Chubby's: 8-12, (Purple) (Gold) (Orange).

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, 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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