by Tom Forsberg
October 15, 2017
Upper Madison: Nymph fishing has been getting better and better. Small midge and baetis patterns have been most consistent, though we’ve been having a few fish starting to eat some larger stonefly patterns here and there as well. Baetis emergences have been pretty good on cloudy afternoons, which we could see a few of later this week. If you're tired of fighting for spots to fish in the Park, head on down and give it a try.
Flies: #8 Sili-Legs, #18-20 Black Krystal Dip, #18 Loop Wing Baetis, #18-20 Zebra Midge
Madison: Swinging soft hackles and streamers hasn't quite been as consistent as we like it to be for this time of year; clear water and bright days have the fish hunkered down to the bottom. This just means we are having to put in more work to get fish right now. The forecast is calling for some nice snowy weather towards the end of the week, so let’s hope we get some of it.
Flies: #6-10 Partridge and Orange, #6-10 Partridge and Peacock, #6-10 Partridge and PT, #6 Sparkle MInnow, #4 Olive Zonker, #8 Simi-Seal Leech
Firehole: The Firehole continues to provide the best dry fly fishing around. Emergences of White Millers and baetis are bringing fish to the surface daily. Between hatches, swinging a small soft hackle or streamer should provide good entertainment.
NE Corner: Another solid option if you're in search of rising fish. Have small baetis patterns with you and maybe some streamers just in case. Keep in mind that Dunraven Pass is now closed for the season, so your only option to get there is by going Norris to Mammoth, then cutting over to Tower. There is still construction taking place in this stretch so expect to spend some time sitting and waiting. .
Product of the Week
With mornings here in West now consistently below freezing, it's about time to swap out hats for some type of beanie. We like this one quite a bit.
Patagonia Fishermans Rolled Beanie
The Fisherman’s Rolled Beanie is made with an itch-free 96% recycled polyester yarn. It’s your perfect year-round, everyday go-to beanie.
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