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Date 23-Aug-16
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Conditions : Madison River: Upper - With flows down around 850 CFS this is a great time of year to wade fish this river. Floating is still an option but be prepared hit the occassoinal rock or even have to hop out and push briefly. That being said, temperaturea in the water a awesome and even getting down into the 50's at night and the entire length of the river is fishing really well from Hebgan all the way to ennis lake. Its attractor season out on the upper right now. The upper stretches have been seeing some great hopper action. A hopper with a dropper of an ant or your favorite attractor nymph is always a great option. Other attractors such as an amys ant in olive or red will pick up some fish as well as beetles, pmxs, and hippie stompers. These will all be great point flies for a dry dropper rig as well. As far as dry fly fishing goes, blue winged olives should get going any day now with a few popping already. Tricos are closing in on being over with very few still bouncing around. The chubby dropper rig is still an ok option up below quake lake. The stretch between quake and slide is an awesome area to target some fish that see less angling pressure. The streamer bite has been great in the mornings as well and on and off throughout the day. The big thing with the streamers is finding the water the fish are holding in. Once some pattern recognition occures, streamer fishing can be hot. Of course, a nymph rig is still always a good option on the upper in those bigger buckets and faster runs. A bigger bugger, zurdle bug, or pats rubber legs is a great point. Behind that a small caddis pupa, small green or red copper john, prince nymph, or pheasant tail will pick up some fish. Dropping down to smaller midge patterns midday has been effective as well. This river is a fantastic option for more consistant action throughout the day.

Dries| Rogue Stone: 6, Flutter Bug: 6-8, Sofa Pillow: 6, Elk Hair Caddis: 14-16-18, Slick Water Caddis: 14-16-18, Snowshoe Caddis Tan: 14-16-18, Henry's Fork Caddis: 16-18, Hemmingway Caddis: 12-14-16-18, Chubby Golden: 8-10-12-14, Chubby Orange: 8-10-12-14, Chubby Purple: 8-10-12-14, Ex. Body PMD: 16-18-20, Tilt Wing PMD: 16-18-20, Loop Wing PMD: 16-18-20

Nymphs| Rubber Legs 6-12; 14-16 Red Copper John; Purple Lightning Bugs 16; San Juan Worm: 6-8-10 Delektable Purple Hurless: 6-8-10 Mr Rubberlegs Hares Ear: 6-8 Mega Pheasant Tail: 6-8 Turds: 6-8-10 Copper Johnson Red: 16-18-20 Mustang Sally: 16-18 Red Belly Yukbug: 2-4-6, Sillvey's Edible Emerger Olive 12-16, Bead Cased Caddis 12-16, Crawling Caddis Green 12-16.

Streamers| Hairy Sculpin Brown & Olive: 2-4 Bow River Bugger Whiteface Blackie: 4-6 Fathead Yellow, White: 2 Sex Dungeon Rust, Yellow, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Black: 2 Conehead JJ Special: 2-4 Home Invader Yellow, White: 2 Zonkers Black, Olive, Natural/Copper: 4-6, Double Screamer Streamer Olive/Black: 2 Circus Peanut Olive: 2 Sculpzilla Black, Dark Olive: 4-8

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