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Date 24-May-16
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Conditions : Madison River: Reports from the shop have been that there's about a foot of visibility above the West fork. Down lower and around town there's a lot of mud in the river and visibility is at a minimum. However, even with the foot of visibility the Upper continues to be one of the best options around. The flow is holding steady around 1200 cfs. There are a few rising fish here and there to baetis, but most action has been on nymphs or streamers. A rubber legs hare's ear with a pheasant tail nymph or a Spanker trailing it should get you on some fish. The streamer fishing has been on in a big way. With the off colored water the fish have been going crazy for big olive colored flies. Try throwing one up stream right off the bank or in the soft water behind boulders. Dungeons and circus peanuts have been extremely productive for bigger fish.

Hebgen is free of ice except along the dam face, we had a good report from some customers fishing inlets using leech patterns over the weekend. Quake is 100% thawed but we may see it and Hebgen flip soon.

Dries| Low-Rider Midge: 20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Bead Wing Emerger Gray: 18-20, Renegade: 16-18, GT Triple Double Purple: 14-16, Para Midge: 18-20-22, Extended Body BWO: 16-18, Film Critic: 16-18, Bat Wing Emerger: 16-18-20

Nymphs| Rubber Legs 6-12; 14-16 Red Copper John; Purple Lightning Bugs 16; San Juan Worm: 6-8-10 Delektable Purple Hurless: 6-8-10 Mr Rubberlegs Hares Ear: 6-8 Mega Pheasant Tail: 6-8 Turds: 6-8-10 Copper Johnson Red: 16-18-20 Mustang Sally: 16-18 Red Belly Yukbug: 2-4-6, Sillvey's Edible Emerger Olive 12-16, Bead Cased Caddis 12-16, Crawling Caddis Green 12-16.

Streamers| Hairy Sculpin Brown & Olive: 2-4 Bow River Bugger Whiteface Blackie: 4-6 Fathead Yellow, White: 2 Sex Dungeon Rust, Yellow, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Black: 2 Conehead JJ Special: 2-4 Home Invader Yellow, White: 2 Zonkers Black, Olive, Natural/Copper: 4-6, Double Screamer Streamer Olive/Black: 2 Circus Peanut Olive: 2 Sculpzilla Black, Dark Olive: 4-8

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