Upper Madison

June 15, 2019

Fishing Conditions

June 15, 2019

The Upper Madison river has been fishing well this last week with the fairly consistent flows. It's currently running at 1900 cfs with water temps in the mid to upper 40's in the morning with a steady warming to upper 50's by the end of the day. Down lower, fish your big stones, big caddis pupa, and streamers. Keep an eye out for caddis popping throughout the day and into the evening. An olive elk hair caddis will get the job done for the rising fish. The river is pretty muddy. The west fork is continuing to pump in dirty water. There will be mud coming out of it for a few more weeks. Cabin and beaver creek are still pumping mud too. There is a lot of color throughout the stystem. Nymphing has been the most consistent producer with worms, stones, and smaller mayfly nymphs being the best options. There are also some caddis up this way so keep an eye on the soft water and you may be rewarded with some great dry fly fishing.  Keep an eye on this river, Hebgen lake is full, they are going to have to dump water soon. Be mindful when wading certain sections of the river, even though we are before the flush, the river is still higher than usual. I would expect an even larger bump sometime in the next week or so.  ** The bridge constuction at Varney access began on March 29th and will run through December 2019. Text Varney to 22828 for construction alerts. ** Varney bridge is no more. They will be leaving a small hole that you can sneak a boat through. The access point will still be open for put in and take out. 


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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-20, purple haze: 16-20, Matts Midge: 18, Royal Wulff: 16-18, Renegades: 16-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18-20, Quigley's Cluster: 14-16,

Nymphs| Zirdle 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, Green Machine: 16-18-20, Eggs: 8, crystal dip: 16-18 three dollar dip:16, Worms: 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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