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Date 25-May-23
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Conditions : Madison River: The Lower Madison has been good on some days and okay on others. The flows have spiked to over 4400 cfs and will likely continue to increase with the upcoming weather in the forecast for the week. Another thing we've noticed is that when the dam increases its flows, the fishing gets a lot tougher. So, we have been trying to go when the flows have been consistent for a bit, or when they dropped flows. The mother's day caddis have been slowing down a bit, but there are still some caddis around and the fish have been on them as well as Green Drakes, Yellow Sally's, Skwala's, and Baetis.

The upper is starting to get muddy throughout. Fishing has been great with nymphs and streamers doing most the damage out there, but if the clarity is okay in the morning they might still come up and eat some dry flies. With Runoff, the fish push really close to the bank as the water they normally sit in is moving way too fast for them. Because of this, fish shallow and tight to the bank. A lot of the bigger fish we were seeing were within 3 feet of the bank. Darker color patterns like the olive, brown, and black Sex Dungeons, Boogie Men and sparkle minnows have been getting lots of action recently, especially with the recent cloud cover. With that being said yellow and white can be excellent in the mud too, especially if it's nice and sunny out.

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Misc Info: - note: ***This year will be the first year for the lower to be permantly hoot owled from July 15th till August 15th. The daily closure will run from 2 P.M. 12 A.M. This closure covers Warm Springs fishing access down to the confluence. This closure doesn't include Bear Trap canyon. ***

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