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Fishing Report Upper Madison River 9-8-2015

Fishing Report Upper Madison River 9-8-2015

Fishing Conditions

We have been seeing some really fall like weather and the result is cooler water temps. Some mornings the water temps are in the high 40's and we need to wait till it warms up to get the fish active. This is totally different from what we have been seeing most of the summer. The nymphers and bobber lobbers are doing the best and keeping the rod bent most of the day. Most are throwing some sort of bunny fur with a bead head trailer. We have been having our best luck with a baetis type nymph. The little tight olive nymphs have been saving the day and producing big time. We have also been having luck with lightning bug variations. As for the streamer think zonker or sculpin and you can not go wrong. Keep it in the natural colors. Some days black is best other days white, olive or tan is the winner. Make sure you have several of each in your box. The dry fly guys are still getting it done mostly with may fly imitations. Small purple haze and parachute adams have been the ticket as of late. The fishing is only going to get better from here with some of the bigger fish entering the river. Keep a look out in the next few week for run up browns. Now is the time to catch the brown trout of the year. We have been having our best luck even with the streamers fishing them on a 3X and a 4X to the dropper.

Fly Patterns


Parachute Adams 14, Purple Haze 14, More or less hopper 12, Streambank Hopper 12, Royal chubby 12, Delektable Ant Red 12,


Hide a bead Baetis 16, Psyco May Olive 16, Baetis Nymph 16, Lightning Bug 16, Rainbow Warrior 16, Turds in olive or coffee 12, San Juan Worm Red 12,


Zonker Pearl or Copper 8, Shelia 4, Sculpzilla in black, natural or white 8, Trash Can Sculpin 6, Trevors Sculpin Olive or Natural 4, The Muppet 4, Haymaker Sculpin Olive or Black 4, Sparkle Minnow Sculpin 4

More Info

USGS flow information


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John Way Posted by John Way

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