Upper Madison: You’re going to have to work a bit harder to find fish consistently at this point of the season. Nymphing is far and away the most effective method throughout the day, although with this weather system we have moving through we have been starting to see baetis in better numbers. We should only see the number of baetis coming off improve from here on out this fall.
Flies: #16-18 Krystal Dip, #14-16 Green Machine, #14-18 Red Neck, #16 Olive Hot Spot Perdigon, #14 HoloPoint, #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Olive S.H. Hare’s Ear, #16 Shop Vac, #12 Black Sili Legs, #18-20 D.O.A. Baetis, #18-20 Baetis Sparkle Dun
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Madison/Firehole: The weather we have been waiting for has finally arrived. The next few days should be pretty ideal conditions and hopefully this will kickstart what has been a somewhat mediocre start to the swinging season. Look for baetis to start showing in good numbers on both the Madison and Firehole.
Flies: #8-12 Partridge & Peacock, #8-12 Partridge & Orange, #6 Sparkle Minnow, #8 Simi Seal Leech, #8-12 Black Sili Legs, #14-16 Red Neck, #14 Holo Point, #12 Tan Elk Hair Caddis, #12 Tan and Pink Chili Dogs, #18-20 Baetis Sparkle Dun
Slough/Soda Butte/Lamar: It would definitely still be worth heading up to the NE corner for some dry fly fishing and a less crowded locale. Baetis will be the main attraction going forward but you could still see a few Drake Mackerels around. I wouldn’t even hesitate to try terrestrials up there even at this point in the season.
Flies: #12 Drake Mackerel Cripple, #18-20 D.O.A. Baetis, #18-20 Baetis Sparkle Dun, #12 Tan and Pink Chili Dogs, #8-12 Tan and Pink Thunder Thighs, #14-16 Bogus Beetle, #14-16 Arrick’s Ant, #14 Royal Trude, #14 Holo Point, #12 Spanish Bullet
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