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Date 05-May-17
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Conditions : Madison River: Lower - Today the flow was raised to 2000 cfs. Wading gets very limited at this size of flow. It's time to bring the boat. The fish will have definately moved to a spot with some shelter from the current. The weather is supposed to get drier for Saturday and Sunday. This will increase the dry fly fishing. Definately make sure you head to the river with a decent supply of olive Elk Hair Caddis, but don't forget about the BWO's and midges. The fish are keyed in on all three bugs. With so many bugs emerging off the bottom you need to have a dropper under your dry fly. This will target a lot of fish that aren't fully coming to the surface for the adults. If you can't see the upper lip break the surface they are eating the emerging bugs. The weather is going to be wet for most of the week but the clouds will be great for dry fly fishing. Today we got word that a few of the first Yellow Sallys were spotted.

(4/28)The flow out of Hebgen dam is finally starting to get big, it's at 1410 cfs today. Below the West Fork it has crept over 1600 cfs. These are big enough flows to put a lot more fish on the banks. The fishing has been good and more fish are looking to the surface for dry flies. Lots of midges are hatching each day, and I mean LOTS! The Blue Wings are on the water now too. These have been out from around 2 to 4 o'clock. You will see more adults on the water on the cloudier days. It won't be that much longer before we have a caddis hatch. The water temps are getting very close. The upper sections of the river have a better bite going for the streamers. The fish are preferring a slower action rather than fast, even a dead drift. Most Rainbows have Finished spawning but we all need to keep from walking through their redds for a while.

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