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Date 20-Aug-15
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Conditions : Madison River: The upper has been fairly tough still. Streamer fishing has been working well with shinny small streamers on the upper and lower sections of the upper Madison. Still fishing in the first couple hours of light and late evening fishing has produced the best results. The water temps on the Upper are getting hot and there has been talk of Hoot Owl Closures being put into effect. Some Spruce Moths have started to appear, try these out from late afternoon till dark. October Caddis have been spotted, and caddis nymphs seem to be getting the job done but over all the fishing in the middle of the day can be rough. Late evening at nightfall there have been some spinner falls. August is usually prime time for hopper season but we have yet to hear of any great hopper fishing reports. The mid day temperatures and sun have shut down a lot of the big bugs on the bank, but chubby dropper and nymph rigs have been picking up fish. If you are going to fish this river mid day, do not ignore the middle of the river. With cooler temperatures and rain as of late, the fish are moving a bit more during the day. High sun in the afternoons have the fish feeding more on sub surface bugs, so nymphing deeper water can be a good bet. Fishing these times can be hit or miss but can get some of the larger fish moving for those streamer junkies out there. Hitting boulders with streamers has been producing fish when the mid day fishing is slow. When floating this river be ready to get drifts down into the fast pockets, and be prepared to walk and scrape the bottom of your boat. From eight mile down the river is wide and shallow, pushing your boat over the shallows will be necessary. If this is the case, park your boat upstream and wade fish the water below to avoid spooking fish, and really concentrate on the pockets. A lot of the time where you want to be fishing is also the best place to get your boat downstream so be prepared to be constantly planning your boat's route and fishing locations.

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