Lower Madison

June 15, 2019

Fishing Conditions

June 15, 2019

The lower has been on a steady rise the last couple of days, from 2750 on Wednesday to 3500 today (6/15). This will most likely make wade fishing a bit tougher than it has been over the last week with plenty of water coming out of the dam. For the week to come, it looks like we will have a resurgence of summer weather, this will bring the caddis back and ready for action. The fish will be feeding on dries more so in the mornings and evenings, but along the banks there is action with a small Chubby or a March Brown throughout the day. With the current drop in flows, nymphing will be your best bet. The crayfish bite has picked up with fish holding over the weed beds. Look for fish in the shallow water where transitions between the buckets are. If you're not picking fish up in the shallows add a bit of weight and begin to dredge the buckets throughout the beds. Make sure to cast above the bucket and allow the crayfish to fall in with a natural dead drift. Fish are also hanging on the banks looking for march brown nymphs, caddis pupas and crayfish.The lower has risen almost 1000 cfs over the last couple days but is holding steady for now atleast, while wade fishing may be tough the consistent flow will have fish on the feed. FWP free fishing days will surely have the crowds out on the Lower this weekend but get creative, put in some miles and you will be rewarded with fewer people and more fish. 


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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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