Madison River: Upper - The upper is 1160 CFS out of the hebgen dam. The water looks fantastic! Goldens are still bringing solid fish to the surface. With lower water flows, the fish are looking up and the caddis hatch is excellent most evenings. Don't be afraid of small flies, if big stuff is not working. These smaller flies can really be the ticket this time of year. The red Lil' Spankers are a small dropper that has been picking up fish all summer. If you are wading, please be careful. If you haven't tried felts or a "foot tractor" - This is the year! Cast tight to the banks and get good drifts under the overhanging trees. PMDs and yellow sallies are coming off during the day and some fabulous fishing is to be had on one of the many braids close to Ennis. Nymphing is always a good back up option. Running smaller nymphs like serenditpities, green machines or prince nymphs can be a great tactic this time of year. Hoppers have been seen throughout the river system so don't be afraid to give them a try. If the banks aren't producing don't be afraid to fish the middle of the river, or in the shallow riffles.
Lower - The window on this has more or less closed. The Water is hot, the flows are all over the place, and the weeds and grass are really bad. the water temps have dropped over the past few days, but with warm weather in the forecast, they should jump back up son. The canyon has been well into the 70's. This is not a good temperature for trout. It is probably best to leave this river alone for a couple more weeks. If you do head this way, head out really really early. The water is coldest in the mornings, do not fish here in the evenings, the temperatures are lethal to trout. hoppers and droppers should find a few fish.
Dries| Film Critic PMD: 16-18, Elk Hair Caddis: 12-14-16, HFH Caddis: 14-16, Missing Link Caddis: 14-16, Adams Superfly: 8-10-12-14-16, Purple Haze: 12-14-16, Extended Body PMD: 14-16-18, Chubby Chernobyl: 8-10-12-14, Water Walker: 10-12-14-16, Yeager 409: 12-14-16, Hairwing Drake: 10-12, Snowshoe Sally: 14-16
Nymphs| Deaddrift Crayfish: 8 Clousers Crayfish: 8-10 Olive Zurddler: 6-8 Copper John Black or Blue: 16-18, BHFB Hares Ear: 16-18, Killer Mayfly Nymph Olive & Black: 18, San Juan Worms Pink, Orange, Brown, Tan, Red: 10 Eggs: 10 IED Worm: 10 Floss Worm: 14 Rubberlegs Coffee, Goldenstone, Black, Turd: 8-10, Little Bit of E: 16-18, Dirty Bird: 10-12-14-16, Crawling Caddis: 16-18, Serengold, Olive: 12-14-16, Iron Sally: 14-16, Tung. Terminator Golden: 6-8,
Streamers| Baby Gonga: 8, Haymaker Sculpin Black or Olive: 4, Triple B Olive/White 4, McCunes Sculpin: Tan 4-6, Bugger Brown: 6 Zonkers Tan/Copper, Olive/Pearl: 4-6-8 Sex Dungeon Yellow, Orange, Black: 2 Fatheads Yellow, Black: 2 Flash Fry Yellow/Brown: 2 Home Invader Yellow, Black: 2 Gold Bead Rubber Leg Krystal Bugger Black & Olive: 4-6 JJ Special: 2-4-6 Bling Minnow Gold: 6 McCune's Sculpin Olive/Tan: 4-6