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Madison River Outfitters Fishing Report 10/15/2019

by Tom Forsberg October 15, 2019


Upper Madison: Nymphing will be the most consistent vehicle for fish catching throughout the day down in the wade and float sections. We have definitely been having most of our success using smaller patterns on the #16-20 range, but there has been somewhat of a consistent rubber legs bite most days. Look for baetis to come off starting mid-afternoon, especially on the cloudier days. 

Flies: #18-20 D.O.A. Baetis Cripple, #18-20 Baetis Sparkle Dun, #10-12 Black Sili Legs, #16 Lake Prince, #16-18 Shop Vac, #18 Red Neck, #16-18 Black Lightning Bug, #16-18 Guide Dip/$3 Dip, #16-18 Krystal Dip, #16-18 Soft Hackle Hare’s Ear, #18 Black/Olive Zebra Midge



Gallatin: Much like the Madison, nymphing will be your best bet right now on the Gallatin. Rubber legs with a smaller size #16-20 dropper will be the best producers. As usual and especially this time of year, no need to get to the river too early. Give things some time to warm up until the late morning or early afternoon hours. 


Flies: #14-16 Lake Prince, #16-18 Shop Vac, #16-18 Red Neck, #12 Pink/Purple Hot Spot Jig, #8-12 Black Sili Legs, #14-16 Lime/Royal Trude, #12-16 Parawulff, #14 409, #8-12 Royal/Peacock/Golden Chubby Chernobyl



Yellowstone National Park

Madison in YNP: From many of the reports we have heard over the past week, it sounds like fishing has been a little tough. That being said, a slow week or two each fall is not at all unusual and things should only pick up and get better from here on out. Whether your game is nymphing, swinging soft hackles or streamers, get out there and keep getting after it for these last few weeks of the season.


Flies: #8-12 Peacock/Orange/PT & Partridge, #10-12 Partridge and Copper, #8-10 Simi Seal Leech, #6 Sparkle Minnow, #8 Squirrel Leech, #6 Mini Bangtail, #18-20 D.O.A. Baetis Cripple, #18-20 Baetis Sparkle Dun


Firehole: The Firehole contines to fish quite well. Look for a pretty consistent afternoon baetis hatch, and swinging soft hackles and smaller leeches the rest of the time is a good option. 

Flies: #18-20 D.O.A. Baetis Cripple, #18-20 Baetis Sparkle Dun, #14 Tan/Olive Diving Caddis, #10-14 Orange/Green & Partridge, #10 Simi Seal Leech


NE Corner: Look for baetis and drake mackerels to provide some action for dry fly fishing, especially on cloudy days. If not, throwing around some hoppers or chubbies with tungsten head droppers is always a good strategy. 

Flies: #18-20 D.O.A. Baetis Cripple, #18-20 Baetis Sparkle Dun, #12 Drake Mackerel Cripple, #10-14 Peacock/Royal Chubby, #16 Longhorn Beetle, #14-16 Bogus Beetle, #14 Arrick’s Ant, #12 Thunder Thighs Hopper, #12-16 Royal/Lime Trude, #12-16 Parawulff Adams, #14 409, #12 Quill Jig, #12 Lucent Jig, #16 Olive Biot Czech 

Tom Forsberg
Tom Forsberg


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