September brown trout

Fishing Report for the Madison River 9/9

Fishing is getting better and better each day.  The river is getting lonely compared to the crazy of summer season. Streamers are picking up and will continue to get better by the day.  Hoppers and ants are still the ticket for the dry fly anglers in the afternoon.


Dragging around a sculpin or zonker in the morning will bring a big fish or two.  Keep a small bead head behind for more fish.  After lunch switch to dry dropper or even better two dries.  Hopper ant is a great combo also a hopper with a small tiny or shiny dropper.




Smaller hoppers, we are doing better with pink peach or tan hoppers. Ants are the ticket. We like the ant acid and par ant right now.


Rubber legs in black smaller size. Tiny and shiny nymphs. Lightning bugs and the like will find the fish. Keep them small size 18


sparkle minnow, zonkers, sculpins. Keep them in the smaller size. Keep them moving slow or dragging for best reslults.

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