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Date 08-Oct-18
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Conditions : Madison River: Upper - The flows out of hebgen dam are great! Its currently flowing at 983CFS. There is still enough water to get through most sections without too much scraping on the bottom. With these colder nights we are starting to see the hopper/terrestrial bite dwindle, thats not to say you can't get an eat or two on a hopper. We are starting to see lots of fall baetis everywhere. Don't be afraid of small flies, if the 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 have been picking up fish all summer. Other small nymphs such as green machines and two bit hookers are a good bet. 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. Nymphing is always a good back up option. Running smaller nymphs like a serendipity or green machines or prince nymphs can be a great tactic this time of year. The streamer bite is also in full swing, fall colors are bringing in some great fish.

The lower is cool and has really come into good shape. Baetis are out and about in the afternoons and fish are certainly taking notice. When fish are not rising try running a hopper dropper or a double nymph rig with a crayfish and a small mayfly nymph. This rig has been consistently producing throughout the day. Beware some of the fish in this river begin to stage for spawn early in the fall. LEAVE these fish ALONE! There are plenty of fish that are not hanging out on the reds. Target the deeper pools and weed beds. Let the spawning fish produce fish for the years to come. With that, beware of where you are walking. Avoid stomping through spawning gravel.

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