Lower Madison

January 2, 2019

Fishing Conditions

January 2, 2019

With really cold weather the last few days, the lower is not in great shape for fishing. That being said, the forecast shows things warming up so we might see it return to form. The Best option right now would be to go up high below the dam. Once out of the canyon, ice flow and shelves have been substantial. Afternoons will be the best time to be out in the next few days. Monrings will continue to have ice flow with cold nights in the forecast. We will most likely see the best and ice free times around 1-4 pm.  In this window, Midges are out and about and fish are certainly taking notice. When fish are not rising try running a double nymph rig with a crayfish and a small nymph.This rig has been consistently producing throughout the day. Now is a good time of year to swing a kreelux or  leech on the two hand rod. If you are streamer fishing on the one hand stick just keep the fly moving low and slow. Target the deeper pools and weed beds. As we get back to normal winter weather and colder temperatures, be aware, the ice shelves in the lower will continue to grow over the next few months. This will eliminate some of the available water along the banks. As always be extra careful when walking on ice shelves and watchout for ice chunks floating down river. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, Purple Haze: 14-18, Adams Para Wulff: 14-18, Matts Midge: 18, Quigley Cluster: 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 Eggs: 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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