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Madison River Sponsored by
Date 17-Apr-18
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Conditions : Madison River: The Upper has the best river conditions of almost any waterbody within an hour of Bozeman. The temp are right where they need to be to get the Spring Baetis and March Browns going. They should be flying by the weekend if the weather holds. The Rainbow trout spawn is in full swing so make sure to watch out for their Redds. There's just as many fish to catch outside spawning zones. I.E., this means Browns that want to eat a nice piece of meat this time of year. Bouncing some sculpins can target these guys downstream of spawning zones. Stonefly and baetis nymphs are two bugs that keep working better as we get more spring days.

Dries| Griffiths Gnat: 16-18-20, Matt's Midge: 20-22-24, Micro Midge: 20-22, Z-Lon Midge: 20-22, Biot Midge: 20-22

Nymphs| Lightning Bug Purple or Silver: 16-18, SH Thorax Bead, Tan: 14-16-18, SH Copper John: 14-16, Split Case PMD: 18-20, Green Machine PT: 18-20, King Prince:12-16, Coppertone: 6-8, Pat's Rubberlegs: 6-8-10, Copper John Black and Blue: 16-18-20, Dirty Bird: 12-14-16, Serengold, Olive: 14-16-18, Crawling Caddis: 16-18 Hotwire Caddis:12-16

Streamers| Smoke N Mirrors Cream #4, Sparkle Minnow Smoke #4, Complex Twist Bugger White Size #4, Sex Dungeon Rust, Yellow, Black: 2 Silvey's Sculpin Black: 2 Conehead JJ Special: 2-4 Home Invader Yellow, White: 2 Zonkers White, Olive, Natural/Copper: 4-6, Double Screamer Streamer Olive/Black: 2 Circus Peanut Olive: 2 Sculpzilla Black, Dark Olive: 4-8, 2 Dolly Llama white, 8 Baby Gonga white

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