Lower Madison

June 21, 2018

Fishing Conditions

June 21, 2018

As per usuall, the guys running the damn are all over the place. The river is back up above 4,000 CFS. The fishing was still alright yesterday and we've got plently of people headed back out there today. Think Big! Dark streamers and big nymphs under the indicator are the name of the game! Wooly buggers, sculpins, and zurdles will get you into fish. The caddis will be back out and about in the evenings with the warm weather forecasted for the week. A size 16 olive caddis is all that is necessary. There are also substantial amounts of yellow sallies and golden stones on the lower right now. A chubby dropper rig will get into a few fish worked tight to the bank during the day. On these cooler cloudy days, look to the soft water for rising fish. On the sunny days, The pupa and emerger caddis patterns are going to fish better until the egg laying begins. Fish are being caught in a variety of places. A number of them have moved closer to the bank or behind a rock but you can also find fish hiding in the weed beds. The weed bed areas usually have slower current, this is a spot to try swinging a streamer. There is still a slight color coming out of Cherry Creek but nothing compared to what it has been. Keep an eye out for big mayflies as well, there will be a few drakes out and on warmer evenings.With the cloud cover over the next few days it could be a good time to chuck some streamers and hunt the bigger browns of the river. 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Film Critic PMD: 16-18, Elk Hair Caddis: 12-14-16, HFH Caddis: 14-16, Missing Link Caddis: 14-16, Adams Superfly: 8-12, Purple Haze: 12-16, Extended Body PMD: 14-18, Chubby Chernobyl: 8-12, Water Walker: 4-10

Nymphs| Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zurddler: 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 Rubberlegs Coffee, Goldenstone, Black, Turd: 8-10, 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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