Lower Madison

August 9, 2020

Fishing Conditions

August 9, 2020

The Lower Madison's lowest water temp in the morning is running about 70 degrees out of the dam and much warmer around Blacks Ford. If you do happen to head this way please fish early, get fish in quickly and handle fish as little as possible. Pinching your barbs to get a quick release is a good call also. Dry fly fishing early with hoppers, attractors and Caddis should get you into fish and keep you out of the moss. Crayfish, worms, soft hackles, caddis pupa, and attractor mayfly patterns are our go to's when nymphing the lower. The tube hatch is in full force also, so plan accordingly. 

***This year will be the first year for the lower to be permanently hoot owled from July 15th till August 15th. The daily closure will run from 2 P.M. 12 A.M. This closure covers Warm Springs fishing access down to the confluence. This closure doesn't include Bear Trap canyon. ***

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Golden Chubby; 8-12, Headlight Sally; 14-18, Snowshoe Sally; 12-14, Para- Sulfer; 16-20, Hairwing Dun PMD: 14-18, C-UM Spinner; 14-18, Elk Hair Caddis: 12-18, Peacock Caddis: 14-16, Caddis Emerger: 12-18, X-Caddis: 12-18, Purple Haze: 14-18, Parachute Adams: 16-18

Nymphs| Split-Case PMD; 18-20, Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zirddle: 6-8 Copper John Black or Blue: 16-18, BHFB Hares Ear: 16-18, 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, 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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