Upper Madison

October 23, 2018

Fishing Conditions

October 23, 2018

The upper has been a little tough as of late, but still has its days. The upper portion near three dollar has been more consistent with baetis rising a few fish in the afternoon and nymphs being the most consistent producer. Small is the name of the game. Running small lightneing bugs, pheasant tails, and zebra midges will find fish worked through the softer pockets. As you get down river, the streamer fishing improves. Below lions bridge, the dry fly bite has been less consistent but the streamer fishing far more effective. Try flashy small patterns on the bright days and dark large patterns if we get some clouds. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: Chubby Chernobyl: 8-16, Water Walker: 8-16, Film Critic: 16-18, Challenged BWO: 16-18, Purple Para Wulff: 12-14-16, Missing Link Caddis: 14-16,

Nymphs| Zirdle 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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