Upper Madison

July 18, 2018

Fishing Conditions

July 18, 2018

The upper is 1310 CFS out of the hebgen dam. The water looks fantastic! Its the perfect temperature for bugs!! Goldens are still bringing solid fish to the surface. With lower water flows, the fish are looking up and the caddis hatch is excellent most evenings. Don't be afraid of small flies, if big stuff is not working. Sometimes, these smaller flies can be the ticket. The Lil' Spankers are a small dropper that is doing great lately. If you are wading, please be careful. If you havn't tried felts or a "foot tractor" - This is the year! Cast tight to the banks and get good drfits under the overhanging trees. PMDs and yellow sallies are coming off during the day and some fabulous fishing is to be had on one of the many braids close to Ennis. Nymphing is always a good back up option. Running smaller nymphs like serenditpities or prince nymphs can be a really solid method.

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: Chubby Chernobyl: 8-16, Water Walker: 8-16, Ext. Body PMD: 16-18, Film Critic: 16-18, Challenged BWO: 16-18, Purple Para Wulff: 12-14-16, Elk Hair Caddis, Olive: 12-14-16, Missing Link Caddis: 14-16, X Caddis, Olive: 14-16, HFH Caddis, Olive: 14-16

Nymphs| Zurdle 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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