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Madison River Sponsored by
Date 11-Sep-17
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Conditions : Madison River: Upper - Small to medium sized hoppers are being eaten better than the bigger sizes. Make sure you have ants and beetles with you, there are lots of ants out during late summer. PMD and caddis nymphs are good underneath your dry fly. Don't forget the soft hackle versions of these bugs. Throughout the day a smaller chubby will pick up a lot of fish. There will be a few nocturnals left skating around the river in the evenings so early and late a bigger chubby skated on the surface will find a few fish. If you do a late day float in the evening you will get some good caddis fishing until dark but make sure you bring some bug spray for the skeeters. In the upper river their will be good spinner falls in the evenings and a size 16 rusty spinner is about all you will need. Up size your tippet tie one on and hang on tight! We have been blessed with a late summer flow just over 1000 cfs and is still great for floating. Dont ??afraid to huck some meat out here right now either. There have been some bigger fish moving for slightly larger patterns such as white sex dungeons and sculpin patterns in natural colors.

Lower - The river will be closed to fishing from 2pm until midnight. The last two days have had very good water temps in the mornings. Pseudos, Tricos and caddis patterns are good for the first few hours after sunrise. The fish are more willing to take a sculpin or crayfish pattern on the swing than they are on a dead drift. This is also the time of day to try some streamer fishing. Darker colored buggers have been doing well. From 10 am until 2 pm when the river closes switch into hoppers and stimulators. Try to land your fish as quick as you can and handle them as little as possible when releasing them, this will avoid stressing them to much.

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