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Date 12-Jun-18
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Conditions : Madison River: Upper - The upper has been on a steady drop for the last week or so. The river has dropped to 1,810 CFS above the West fork. The west fork is no longer pumping in mud, but rather a greenish tint. The entire river has good visibility right now, with clarity improving daily. Nymphing big stuff like rubber legs or streamers with smaller nymphs behind will find a few fish. Good patterns are small pheasant tails, lightning bugs, prince nymphs, hares ears, or an RS2. Seek the softer water and work it until you find them! Don't be afraid of small flies as well. If big stuff is not working, don't be afraid to downsize. Sometimes, these smaller bugs can be the ticket. Also, don't overlook the water you'd normally wade through. Fish often push fish tight to the banks. We have had a few reports of success throwing streamers shallow up high near 3 Dollar Bridge. With the drop in flows, all bridges are passable, however if flows swell above 2,000 cfs, be very careful.

The lower has dropped quickly and is now down to 3,100 CFS over the past few days. Fishing is still good. Think Big! Dark streamers and big nymphs under the indicator are the name of the game! Wooly buggers, sculpins, and zurdles will get you into fish. The caddis will be back out and about in the evenings with the warm weather forecasted for the week. A size 16 olive caddis is all that is necessary. There are also substantial amounts of yellow sallies and golden stones on the lower right now. A chubby dropper rig will get into a few fish worked tight to the bank during the day. On these cooler cloudy days, look to the soft water for rising fish. On the sunny days, The pupa and emerger caddis patterns are going to fish better until the egg laying begins. Fish are being caught in a variety of places. A number of them have moved closer to the bank or behind a rock but you can also find fish hiding in the weed beds. The weed bed areas usually have slower current, this is a spot to try swinging a streamer. There is still a slight color coming out of Cherry Creek but nothing compared to what it has been. Keep an eye out for big mayflies as well, there will be a few drakes out and on warmer evenings.With the cloud cover over the next few days it could be a good time to chuck some streamers and hunt the bigger browns of the river.

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