Upper Madison

October 12, 2020

Fishing Conditions

October 12, 2020

The upper has been fishing well these last couple days with mostly nymphs and streamers when the dreaded wind is calm. We have had reports of anglers having better fishing in the afternoon as the water warms up. It just depends on the day and the weather. Most fish are hanging in the slower deeper water. We are just starting to see fall BWO's out in certain sections, but the bulk of the other hatches are done and over until next year.  Small and flashy is the name of the game if you decide to nymph; Green Machines, $3 dips, purple deaths, and zebra midges are all good bets. Streamer fishing has been spotty in the high sun with fish on the chase for a short window, and other times not wanting a big fly at all. But with rain and clouds, it has certainly turned on if the wind allows you to cast. When the streamer bite is on, try natural colors and smaller profile streamers. ** Varney Bridge is open to traffic**

**Please leave spawning fish alone and don't tread on redds!!!** 

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Fly Pattern Suggestions

Dries| Purple Haze: 12-18, Parawulff Adams: 16-18, Renegades: 14-18, Purple Para Wulff: 16-18-20, Brook Sprout BWO; 16-20, Thorax BWO;16-20, Ext. Body BWO; 16-20,

Nymphs| Mega prince: 8-12, Delektable Hurless: 6-10, Lil' Spanker Gold Purple or Red: 16-18, Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, Nymphicator: 16-18, 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, Crystal dip: 16-18 Three Dollar Dip:16, Worms: 12-16, Rainbow Warrior; 16-18, Split Case BWO; 18-20,

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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