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Madison River Sponsored by
Date 24-Jul-17
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Conditions : Madison River: Upper - The river is flowing at a higher level than we've seen for a few years and that is allowing those of us with hard-side boats to float without scraping bottom. Fishing has been good with dries and nymphs so a hopper/ dropper rig is a great way to go after them. The fish have begun to look for hopper patterns. Use a smaller pattern to get more eats and wait to use your bigger ones until August when terrestrial fishing is at it's peak. When your in the mid-day high sun make sure you twitch these patterns a little to make them look alive. PMD and caddis nymphs are good underneath your dry fly. Don't forget the soft hackle versions of these bugs. 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!

Lower - As of 7-19-17 the entire Lower Madison is on a Hoot Owl closure until further notice due to high water temps. The river will be closed to fishing from 2pm until midnight. The morning temperatures are still too warm to do much fishing.

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