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Upper Madison Fishing Report 4-20-2015

Fishing Conditions

The Caddis have arrived and today is the first day that they have made a big impact on the fish.   Fishing caddis emergers  was the ticket today.  First noticed caddis about mid afternoon and quickly switched to the emerger.  The fish have moved looking for caddis and are now on some of the faster water right tight to the drop offs.  We caught several fish in the bouncy caddis water.   This is just the start and it is only going to get better and better as the week goes on.  Skwalas still around and the fish are looking for them as well.  May flies have slowed down in the bright sun.

Fly Patterns

Dries

Elk Hair Caddis Peacock 12,14,16: Peacock Caddis 12,14,16:  Bugmeister 10,12: Chubby 10,12: Shuck Off BWO 14-16: Purple Haze 14-16: Parachute Adams 14-16: Para P-Tail 14: RS2 Olive 16-18: Sparkle Dunn 16,18

Nymphs

Pats Rubber Legg in black or coffee/black 6,8,10: Copper John 10,12: Zebra Midge 14,16,18: San Juan Worm 10,12: Soft hackle PT 14: Laniers Lucient 14,16: Hide a bead Baetis 14,16: Psyco May 14,16: Delektable Hurless Stone 6,8,10: Mega Prince 6,8,10:  Flash back P-Tail: Delektable Baby 12,14,16: M’s Anto May Olive 14,16,18: San Juan Worm Red 10: Lightning Bug Silver 14,16:Soft Hackle Prince 12,14

Streamers

Sparkle Minnow Sculpin size 4, sparkle Minnow Ghost Size 6, Sculpzilla Olive 4,8: Bow River bugger size 6: Mini Loop Sculpin 6: Haymaker sculpin olive, Grand Master Flash Brown,

More Info

USGS flow information

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