After the past week of Indian Summer, it looks like we have some stormy weather here to stay for a few days. This should help fishing all around whether you are swinging in the park, throwing streamers between the lakes, or fishing baetis in the wade section.
Upper Madison: Smaller nymphs are still getting it done, mainly size 18-20 baetis and midge patterns. Streamers in the pockets behind rocks and along the banks have been a solid option as well. Baetis emergences have been consistent the past couple of days, starting in the early afternoons and lasting until 4 pm or so depending on the weather. The hatch tends to linger a little longer the colder and stormier it is. Look for fish to be rising in the soft, slow slicks along the banks and within side channels.
Madison: After a number of slower days this past week, the fall run is now hitting its stride. We generally tend to swing soft hackles on the brighter days and throw streamers and leeches once the weather turns, but either technique can be very effective on any given day. It has been crowded in there so please be sure to be courteous and communicate with your fellow anglers.
Flies: #6 Sparkle MInnow, #4 Olive Zonker, #8 Simi-Seal Leech, #6-10 Partridge and Orange, #6-10 Partridge and Peacock, #6-10 Partridge and PT
Firehole/Gibbon: Still the best place to head if you're looking to find rising fish. Strong baetis and White Miller caddis emergences have been providing some good dry fly fishing. If you're having trouble determining what the fish are taking, try to remember that fish taking caddis tend to have a more violent, splashy rise form while the fish taking baetis tend to have a more subtle, head-tail rise form. The Gibbon below the falls continues to be a good place to go and throw some streamers around. Hit the nice looking runs, but don’t forget to try the banks right under your feet as well.
NE Corner: If things are running clear, there should be good dry fly fishing with drake and baetis patterns. If things are a little murky, try throwing around some smaller streamers.
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