Upper Madison

August 4, 2017

Fishing Conditions

August 4, 2017

 The river is flowing at a higher level than we've seen for a few years and that is allowing those of us with hard-side boats to float without scraping bottom. The flow is still up around 1400 CFS up top. Fishing has been good with dries and nymphs as well as hopper/ dropper rigs. The fish have begun to look for hopper patterns. Use a smaller pattern to get more eats and wait to use your bigger ones until mid to late August when terrestrial fishing is at it's peak. When your in the mid-day high sun make sure you twitch these patterns a little to make them look alive. PMD and caddis nymphs are good underneath your dry fly. Don't forget the soft hackle versions of these bugs.  Throughout the day a smaller chubby will pick up a lot of fish. There will be a few nocturnals left skating around the river in the evenings so early and late a bigger chubby skated on the surface will find a few fish. If you do a late day float in the evening you will get some good caddis fishing until dark but make sure you bring some bug spray for the skeeters. In the upper river their will be good spinner falls in the evenings and a size 16 rusty spinner is about all you will need. Up size your tippet tie one on and hang on tight!

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Henry's Fork Caddis, Black: 16-18, Goddard Caddis: 12-14, Elk Hair Caddis, Tan: 14-16-18,Tilt wing PMD: 16-18-20, Hi-Vis Parachute PMD: 16-18, C-UM Spinner: 16-18-20, Purple Haze: 12-14-16-18, Para Wulff Adams: HFH Caddis: 14-16, Missing Link Caddis: 14-16, Chubby; Orange, Gold, Olive, Purple: 8-10-12-14, Grumpy Frumpy: 12-16, Hippy Stomper: 12-14-16, Fur Ant: 14-16, Q's Glitter Ant: 16-18, CFO Ant: 12-14-16, Morrish Hopper: 6-8-10-12-14, Baby Boy Hopper: 12-14-16, Fat Albert: 10-12

Nymphs| Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, Split Case PMD: 18-20, 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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