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Date 19-Jun-17
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Conditions : Madison River: The upper Madison is still fishable but mostly above the westfork. The West Fork is pumping mud into the river and causing low visability for the lower reaches near ennis. The lower stretches are still fishing though. Up high, beaver and camp creek are also cranking some mud into Quake Lake and the water is brown but fishable. The best bet is to go high, up near Three dollar and Reynolds pass. Nymphing will be the most consistent producer but streamer fishing is a good option for picking up fish in the higher dirty water. Working a heavy black or white streamer tight to the banks or in the soft edges is a good way to tie into a few of the bigger fish in that portion of the river. There have been a few baetis on the with a few small PMD's mixed in. There is a good number of green and brown caddis when the sun pops out especially in the bushes on the sunny evenings. Golden Stones are also a good option as they are starting to make an appearance especially as nymphs. A good rig would be working a big Golden Chubby with a heavy Rubberlegs dropper right along the banks. Hug those grass banks tight and hold on! A solid nymph rig would be running Rubberlegs and a worm deep under an indicator. A Three Dollar Dip is also a good trailer pattern behind the bigger Rubberlegs. A Zirdle Bug will also pick up a few fish under the indicator. On the lower river chuck your bigger black streamers or nymph big heavy sculpins along the bank. Be aware, this river is flowing high and is difficult to wade. Please be careful if you plan to wade fish or float here.

The upper Madison is still fishable but mostly above the westfork. The West Fork is pumping mud into the river and causing low visability for the lower reaches near ennis. The lower stretches are still fishing though. Up high, beaver and camp creek are also cranking some mud into Quake Lake and the water is brown but fishable. The best bet is to go high, up near Three dollar and Reynolds pass. Nymphing will be the most consistent producer but streamer fishing is a good option for picking up fish in the higher dirty water. Working a heavy black or white streamer tight to the banks or in the soft edges is a good way to tie into a few of the bigger fish in that portion of the river. There have been a few baetis on the with a few small PMD's mixed in. There is a good number of green and brown caddis when the sun pops out especially in the bushes on the sunny evenings. Golden Stones are also a good option as they are starting to make an appearance especially as nymphs. A good rig would be working a big Golden Chubby with a heavy Rubberlegs dropper right along the banks. Hug those grass banks tight and hold on! A solid nymph rig would be running Rubberlegs and a worm deep under an indicator. A Three Dollar Dip is also a good trailer pattern behind the bigger Rubberlegs. A Zirdle Bug will also pick up a few fish under the indicator. On the lower river chuck your bigger black streamers or nymph big heavy sculpins along the bank. Be aware, this river is flowing high and is difficult to wade. Please be careful if you plan to wade fish or float here.

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